They Will Know Us By Our Love: What Does John 13:35 Mean?

John 13:35 reads, By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” King James Version (KJV)

TranslationJohn 13:35
ESVBy this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
NASB“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
NIVBy this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
NLTYour love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

Also, see the meaning of Love the Lord Your God With All Your Heart

They Will Know Us By Our Love: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

13:31-35 Christ had been glorified in many miracles he wrought, yet he speaks of his being glorified now in his sufferings, as if that were more than all his other glories in his humbled state.

Satisfaction was thereby made for the wrong done to God by the sin of man. We cannot now follow our Lord to his heavenly happiness, but if we truly believe in him, we shall follow him hereafter; meanwhile we must wait his time, and do his work.

Before Christ left the disciples, he would give them a new commandment. They were to love each other for Christ’s sake, and according to his example, seeking what might benefit others, and promoting the cause of the gospel, as one body, animated by one soul.

But this commandment still appears new to many professors. Men in general notice any of Christ’s words rather than these. By this it appears, that if the followers of Christ do not show love one to another, they give cause to suspect their sincerity.

Also, see the meaning of Life and Death Are in the Power of the Tongue

John 13:35 | Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples—the disciples of Him who laid down His life for those He loved.

if ye have love one to another—for My sake, and as one in Me; for to such love men outside the circle of believers know right well they are entire strangers. Alas, how little of it there is even within this circle!

Also, see the meaning of His Ways Are Not Our Ways

Daniel Isaiah Joseph

Daniel's seminary degree is in Exegetical Theology. He was a pastor for 10 years. As a professor, he has taught Bible and theology courses at two Christian universities. Please see his About page for details.

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