John 15

Chapter 15

15:1  I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.


"True" in contrast with Israel. Isaiah 5:1-7 .

15:2  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.


Three conditions of the fruitful life: Cleansing, John 15:2 John 15:3 . (See Scofield "John 13:10") , abiding , See Scofield " John 15:4 ", obedience, John 15:4 John 15:10 John 15:12 (See "Law of Christ,") Galatians 6:2 . See Scofield " 2 John 1:5 ".

15:4  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.


To abide in Christ is, on the one hand, to have no known sin unjudged and unconfessed, no interest into which He is not brought, no life which He cannot share. On the other hand, the abiding one takes all burdens to Him, and draws all wisdom, life and strength from Him. It is not unceasing consciousness of these things, and of Him, but that nothing is allowed in the life which separates from Him.

See "Fellowship," 1 John 1:3 . See "Communion," 1 Corinthians 10:16 .

15:8  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

much fruit

Three degrees in fruit-bearing: "Fruit," John 15:2, "more fruit," John 15:2, "much fruit," John 15:5 John 15:8 . As we bear "much fruit" the Father is glorified in us. The minor moralities and graces of Christianity are often imitated, but never the ninefold "fruit" of Galatians 5:22 Galatians 5:23 . Where such fruit is the Father glorified. The Pharisees were moral and intensely "religious," but not one of them could say with Christ, "I have glorified thee on the earth" John 17:4 .

15:15  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.


Progressive intimacy in John: Servants, John 13:13, Friends John 15:15, Brethren, John 20:17 .

15:18  If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.


kosmos = world-system. John 16:11 John 16:33 ; 7:7 . (See Scofield "Revelation 13:8") .

15:19  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.

the world kosmos = world-system. John 16:11 John 16:33 ; 7:7 . (See Scofield "Revelation 13:8") .

out of the world kosmos = mankind. (See Scofield "Matthew 4:8") .

15:22  If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.


Sin. (See Scofield "Romans 3:23") .

15:24  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.


Sin. (See Scofield "Romans 3:23") .