Definition of if
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
For IF you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you…Matthew 6:14
We talk a lot about how God forgives us if we ask. But we must remember that forgiveness is tied to our forgiving others.
IF you are faithful to what I have said, you are truly my disciples…John 8:31
So — if we are not faithful to God’s Word, how can we claim to be His disciple? And how can we be faithful to His Word, if we never read it, never study it, never really know what it says?
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, IF you love one another…John 13:35
Interesting – the mark of a disciple according to Jesus is not all the great sacrifices we might make, the many talents we might use, but the love that we have for others.
IF anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him and We will come to him and make Our abode with him…John 14:23
We love to talk about desiring the presence of the Lord in our life, in our family, in our church. Many of our worship songs are all about how much we love God. But again, that big little word “if” says we only really love God and we only can expect His presence, if we keep His Word.
One of the biggest IF’s I think is found in Matthew 16:24
IF anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.
Again, we love to talk about our commitment to Christ, but we are only committed when we truly deny our-self, take up the cross and follow Christ. The idea about a cross is really lost to most in our society. To us a cross is a decoration on the wall of the church or on the steeple. It is a piece of jewelry we wear or hang on the wall of our home. But to the society to which Jesus spoke these words, the cross represented death. To truly follow Jesus requires a willingness to die to our own desires and be led by Him.
But one of the greatest “ifs” in the Bible is found in Revelation when Jesus said
Behold I stand at the door and knock. IF anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come in and sup with him.
What a great promise! To open the door – to invite Him into our life, that is all we have to do and He will be glad to come in, to have a relationship with us. Notice that we are the ones to open the door. He is a gentleman and does not force Himself on us. But he extends that wonderful invitation.
If you have not done so, I encourage you to open the door.