John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
The commandments cannot be everything Jesus has taught becaise we need Him in us to have power to be the sons of God in living the christian life by faith in the Son of God.
So what commandments is Jesus talking about that by keeping them, we would receive the promise of the Holy Ghost? For something this important, you would think Jesus would list them clearly in leading up to that promise of the receiving of the permenant indwelling Holy Ghost.
So lets' read what was stated as the commandments from Him.
John 14:1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? 10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Believe? Just believe Him to be God, and that He is the only way to God and to know God personally?
Ephesians 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. 15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
Yep. Just believe Him. That's the commandments that He was referring to when He stated over and over again to believe Him that led up to the promise of the permanent indwelling Holy Ghost.
Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith....26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
That's why His yoke is easy and His burden is light wherein we can find rest for our souls in Him.
Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Having believed in Him is the response of a good conscience towards God in having received the Holy Spirit to be saved. Since then, when we live by faith in the Son of God in living this reconciled relationship with God through Jesus Christ, we get to know Him and the power of His resurrection when we see ourselves following Him in what we think we could not do in the flesh, to love our enemies as we love others as He is supplying us with the love we need with guidance to forgive when we are angry.
1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
So the commandments to receive the promise of the permanent indwelling Holy Spirit is to believe in Jesus Christ: and because He is in us, we have power to live as sons of God by faith in the Son of God to love others to abide in Him in bearing fruit so that our joy may be full.