Abiding in the Vine
1“I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. 2Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He trims so that it may bear more fruit. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. The branch cannot itself produce fruit, unless it abides on the vine. Likewise, you cannot produce fruit unless you abide in Me.
5“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from Me, you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away like a branch and is dried up. Such branches are picked up and thrown into the fire and burned.
7“If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you. 8In this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples.”
9“Just as the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you. Abide in My love! 10If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and your joy may be full.
12“This is My commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you.#15:12. cf. Lev. 19:18. 13No one has greater love than this: that he lay down his life for his friends. 14You are My friends if you do what I command you.
15“I am no longer calling you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing. Now I have called you friends, because everything I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
16“You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I selected you so that you would go and produce fruit, and your fruit would remain. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in My name.
17“These things I command you, so that you may love one another.”
The World Hates God’s Own
18“If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before you. 19If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. But you are not of the world, since I have chosen you out of the world; therefore the world hates you.
20“Remember the word I spoke to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’#15:20. Jn. 13:16. If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you also. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
21“But all these things they will do to you for the sake of My name, because they do not know the One who sent Me. 22If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin. But now they have no excuse for their sin.
23“He who hates Me also hates My Father. 24If I had not done works among them that no one else did, they would have no sin. But now they have seen and have hated both Me and My Father. 25So is fulfilled the word written in their Scripture,#15:25a. Lit. Torah or the Law; cf. Lk. 24:44-45. ‘They hated Me for no reason.’#15:25b. cf. Ps. 35:19; 69:5(4); (Heb. sinat chinam).
26“When the Helper comes—whom I will send to you from the Father, the Ruach of truth who goes out from the Father—He will testify about Me. 27And you also testify, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”
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