John 15

Jesus Is the Vine--Followers Are Branches

1 "1I am the true vine, and My Father is the 2vinedresser.
2 "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.
3 "3You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
4 "4Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot * bear fruit of itself unless * it abides in the vine, so 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, he 5bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing *.
6 "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is 6thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.
7 "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, 7ask whatever * you wish, and it will be done for you.
8 "My 8Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so 9prove to be My disciples.
9 "Just as 10the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.
10 "11If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as 12I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.
11 "13These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your 14joy may be made full.

Disciples' Relation to Each Other

12 "This is 15My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.
13 "16Greater love has no one than this, that one 17lay down his life for his friends.
14 "You are My 18friends if 19you do what I command you.
15 "No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for 20all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
16 "21You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and 22bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that 23whatever * * you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
17 "This 24I command you, that you love one another.

Disciples' Relation to the World

18 "25If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.
19 "If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but 26I chose you out of the world, 27because of this * the world hates you.
20 "Remember the word that I said to you, '28A slave is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, 29they will also persecute you; if they 30kept My word, they will keep yours also.
21 "But all these things they will do to you 31for My name's sake, 32because they do not know the One who sent Me.
22 "33If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.
23 "He who hates Me hates My Father also.
24 "34If I had not done among them 35the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well.
25 "But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their 36Law, '37THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.'
26 "When the 38Helper comes, 39whom I will send to you from the Father, that is 40the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, 41He will testify about Me,
27 and 42you will testify also, because you have been with Me 43from the beginning.
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