Below are Scriptures relating Jesus’ and others thoughts on His own words, the words in the Gospels. These are the words of Eternal Life (John 6:68), and they are true. Any departure from them is perilous, and the discarding of them is to our own destruction. In all of the 2,000 years since they were spoken, not one of them has transpired or elapsed, and they are as rock-solid today, every last one of them, as they were when they were first uttered in the small nation of Israel under Roman occupation.
The “Words in Red” are Jesus’ instructions for all of humanity, from every nation, creed, tongue, and tribe, they are the Words of Life, and there is no life outside of them.
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Jesus was quite clear. If you want to be His disciple, you should do what He says. It should not be any surprise, then, that when He instructs His disciples after His resurrection, although He would still communicate with them through the Spirit and directly, that He tells them that they should teach the people to obey everything He had commanded them. This again is why we have the Gospel records. They are to teach us what Jesus commanded, so that we might live.
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Jesus was clear–His words will never pass away.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Jesus always connects believing in Him to hearing and believing His words, which, in turn, is always connected with obeying them. True believing in the heart is never disconnected from how we live, but the two, while separate, are one.
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
Being His disciple is vitally linked, obviously, to keeping His Word. If you keep someone else’s words, you are their disciple, not Christ’s. Obviously, we follow Paul as Paul followed Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1), but this, of course, means that Paul was following Christ, which, again, means His Words, per the verses above. If Paul is Christ’s disciple, meaning, in some form or another He obeys the Words of Jesus, the Word of the Kingdom, then we may follow his example. If anyone preach any other Gospel, let him be Anathema (eternally accursed) (Galatians 1:8-9).
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Jesus alone is the door, to Heaven, to the Kingdom. If you try to get there another way, through something other than all of who Christ was, the scriptures are clear what you are, a thief and a robber.
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Being observed, that it is impossible to keep something you don’t have.
Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”
There are two parts to this. The one who loves Him is he who has His commands AND obeys. If we do not have them, you cannot obey them. Jesus knew it was His words that were life.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
The key to answered prayer is keeping the Words of Jesus within you. If you keep them, meditate on them, abide in them, you will have your prayers answered, whatever you ask.
If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
Again, if we keep His commands, we abide continually in His love, even as He abode in His Father’s love. This is the great key, that we hear His Words, not words of the old letter of the law, but the Words of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, living by a new law, the law of His Spirit. But, these are His Words, which are Spirit, and which are Life. Apart from Him, there is no salvation, and all else are condemned.
Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
Simon Peter recognized the Words of Jesus. As He said, they are the words of “Eternal Life”. Certainly, if another had been intended, we should follow them, but there isn’t any.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Paul exhorts that the Word of Christ dwell in us. Not the words of another, but particularly those of Christ. Even as Paul quoted a saying of Jesus in Acts 20:35 that is not found in the Gospels (Acts 20:35), and as the Apostle John wrote that Jesus did and said many other things than those recorded for us (John 20:30), Paul was very clearly aware of what the Lord Jesus had done and said, being alive in His day and in the fellowship of other believers and the apostles. Paul understood that His exposition was secondary to the Word of Christ, the living Word, and that, while He spoke inspired of the Spirit, and wrote much of the New Testament, that it was the Word of Faith (Romans 10:8), which is the Word of the Kingdom (Matthew 13:19), that faith comes, and belief begins in the heart of a believer. Belief in Jesus, in His Kingdom, in His Way. As depicted in who He was, how He lived, and what He spoke. Completely, Absolutely, and, as it is made displayed, Eternally.
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
1 Timothy 6:3
Paul, even in his letters, exhorts Timothy to the words of Christ, which are the wholesome words. This is the doctrine of the church. Paul merely expounded upon them, even as Jesus said, teachers of the Law instructed in the Kingdom would bring out of their storehouses old treasures as well as new (Matthew 13:52).
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
1 John 2:3-6
If we say we know Him, but do not keep His commands, we are a liar, and the truth is not in us. Yet, when we keep His word, God’s love in us is perfected. This is how we know that we are in Him.
Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.
2 John 1:9 NASB
You see, it is the doctrine, the teaching of Christ, that is His Way, His Truth. He is inseparable from His Words. He, and He alone, brought the Words of Eternal Life, and He, and He alone is the way to Heaven. For, to truly believe in Him and to love Him, is to obey Him, and His every Word, for His Word is Truth, and every command leads to life, and without Him, there is no life.