John 15 detials Jesus preaching to his disciples.
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He uses a metaphor to explain how believing in him will bear the fruits of a Godly life. He uses the image of a vine and its branches to simplify his point. He teaches that a branch which produces no fruit will be removed by the Lord. However, the branches that produce healthy fruit are carefully taken care of by Him. They are watered, pruned, and fed the nutrients that are needed. Jesus uses this metaphor to illustrate that those that abide in him shall flourish and those that do not believe in the word of the Lord shall perish.
Jesus Instructs his Disciples
Jesus then tells his followers how they must treat and love each other. He implores them to love each other as he has loved them. They must show each other love and respect by performing selfless acts of kindness and friendship. In addition, they should be willing to sacrifice their lives in order to save each other. This is the way Jesus loves them, because he is willing to give his life on the cross for the sins of man.
He then tells his disciples that they should expect people to hate them because of their allegiance to him. Jesus explains that they are not greater than their master and if their master is hated, so shall they be. Contrastingly, if the people would keep the word of their master, they would keep the word of the disciples also.
Jesus explains that, though he had done many works, the people had both seen and hated him and his Father. However, he told his disciples that this was written of beforehand so that the prophesies might be fulfilled. Furthermore, Jesus tells the disciples that when he sends the Comforter to them, he will testify of Jesus. He continued saying that the disciples would bear witness because they had been with him from the beginning.
John Chapter 15 (King James Version)
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.
23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.