The True Vine
1“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2#Matt. 15:13Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear #(Matt. 13:12)more fruit. 3#(John 13:10; 17:17); Eph. 5:26You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4#John 17:23; Eph. 3:17; (Col. 1:23)Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much #Hos. 14:8; (Gal. 5:22, 23)fruit; for without Me you can do #2 Cor. 3:5nothing. 6If anyone does not abide in Me, #Matt. 3:10he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7If you abide in Me, and My words #1 John 2:14abide in you, #John 14:13; 16:23you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8#Ps. 22:23; (Matt. 5:16); John 13:31; 17:4; (Phil. 1:11); 1 Pet. 4:11By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; #John 8:31so you will be My disciples.
Love and Joy Perfected
9“As the Father #John 5:20; 17:26loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10#John 14:15If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
11“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and #(John 16:24); 1 John 1:4that your joy may be full. 12#John 13:34; 1 John 3:11This is My #Rom. 12:9commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13#Eph. 5:2; 1 John 3:16Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14#(Matt. 12:50; 28:20); John 14:15, 21; Acts 10:42; 1 John 3:23, 24You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, #Gen. 18:17for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16#John 6:70; 13:18; 15:19; 1 John 4:10You did not choose Me, but I chose you and #(Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:15; Col. 1:6)appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father #John 14:13; 16:23, 24in My name He may give you. 17These things I command you, that you love one another.
The World’s Hatred
18#John 7:7; 1 John 3:13“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19#1 John 4:5If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet #John 17:14because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20Remember the word that I said to you, #Matt. 10:24; John 13:16‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. #Ezek. 3:7If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21But #Matt. 10:22; 24:9; (1 Pet. 4:14); Rev. 2:3all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. 22#John 9:41; 15:24If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, #(Rom. 1:20; James 4:17)but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23#1 John 2:23He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24If I had not done among them #John 3:2the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have #John 14:9seen and also hated both Me and My Father. 25But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, #Ps. 35:19; 69:4; 109:3–5‘They hated Me without a cause.’
The Coming Rejection
26#Luke 24:49; (John 14:17); Acts 2:4, 33“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, #1 John 5:6He will testify of Me. 27And #Luke 24:48; 1 Pet. 5:1; 2 Pet. 1:16you also will bear witness, because #Matt. 3:14; Luke 1:2; 1 John 1:1you have been with Me from the beginning.