14:12Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.

Here is the PERSEVERANCE of the SAINTS who keep

There are three characteristics of SAINTS:

  1. Perseverance through trials
  2. Keeping God's commandments (as much as possible)
  3. Having a FAITH in JESUS.

Compare this verse with Revelation 13:10. Note the difference. This "HERE" includes keeping God's commandments.

In the previous verse, we indicated that we are seeing a role reversal. HERE we see the SAINTS' viewpoint.

While SAINTS generally means all believers in Christ, here this more targeted at Jewish believers - "he came unto His own .... (John 1:9-13). The few Jewish believers exhibit the three characteristics above. As Gentile believers, we will play a supportive role (Matthew 25:31-40-46).


These include all God's commandments from Genesis 2:15-17 to Exodus 20:1-17 through Mark 16:14-18. To honor the holiness of God by keeping His commandments shows up as keeping your faith in His Son. God's holiness is the standard (humanly unattainable) while His Son, JESUS, is the way into that holiness (Hebrews 9:11-14). When we accept Jesus as our way, we will persevere.

b) their faith in Jesus.

These are not two distinct characteristics where one can chose one or the other. They support or require each other. In Jesus' own words, "he who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me .... and shall be loved by My Father." (John 14:20-24). It is very difficult to have FAITH in someone you don't love or who doesn't love you.

Lastly, the "HERE" in this verse = "In that day....." in John 14:20.