|17. The Commandments According to John|
It appears that when John referred to keeping the commandments in Revelation, this is probably how he defined what they were. Consider the following passages from 1 John.
1 John 5:3
And what are God's commandments and why are they not burdensome? Earlier in the epistle he provides the answer:
In this passage, John quotes Jesus' command to him and the rest of His disciples (and all who would be His followers) in his own Gospel of Christ:
An interesting point to note is that often when John referred to the Ten Commandments or the Law of Moses, he used the Greek word nómos, which means law (particularly the Mosaic Law). But when he wrote about the teachings and commandments of Jesus, he usually used the Greek word entolé. In his writings, John appears to make distinction between nómos (the old law) and entolé (the new law). Unfortunately, this is not always seen as clearly in an English translation of the Bible. Nonetheless, it appears that the commandments John refers to in the passages above are most likely not the Ten Commandments, as many Sabbatarian Christians claim, but the teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ. There is no evidence from the Greek text that John's use of the word entolé referred exclusively or even primarily to the Ten Commandments, and this is also often true of uses of this word by other New Testament writers. In light of the definition of commandment-keeping found in 1 John 3:23, and assuming John the Revelator is the same John who authored the Gospel of John and 1-3 John, passages in Revelation that speak of it can be better understood.
This last text is often used by many Sabbatarian Christians to prove that the Ten Commandments, especially the fourth commandment dealing with the Sabbath, will be kept be those who will be saved. But all the oldest and best Greek manuscripts for this Scriptural passage read "Blessed are they that wash their robes ...", so it seems that this verse gives no support whatsoever for commandment-keeping. Consider other Bible translations of this verse:
This is one of the most beautiful passages in Scripture. One full of comfort and hope. John here provides assurance of salvation to those who believe on Jesus Christ, to those who keep their eyes fixed on Him and allow Him to work in their lives. John emphasizes that such believers can know right now that they have eternal life. Not that they may have eternal life, but that they have eternal life.
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