Bible: John 15-16
The Vine and the Branches
15:1 “I am the true vine 1 and my Father is the gardener. 2 15:2 He takes away 3 every branch that does not bear 4 fruit in me. He 5 prunes 6 every branch that bears 7 fruit so that it will bear more fruit. 15:3 You are clean already 8 because of the word that I have spoken to you. 15:4 Remain 9 in me, and I will remain in you. 10 Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, 11 unless it remains 12 in 13 the vine, so neither can you unless you remain 14 in me.
15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains 15 in me – and I in him – bears 16 much fruit, 17 because apart from me you can accomplish 18 nothing. 15:6 If anyone does not remain 19 in me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, 20 and are burned up. 21 15:7 If you remain 22 in me and my words remain 23 in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you. 24 15:8 My Father is honored 25 by this, that 26 you bear 27 much fruit and show that you are 28 my disciples.
15:9 “Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; remain 29 in my love. 15:10 If you obey 30 my commandments, you will remain 31 in my love, just as I have obeyed 32 my Father’s commandments and remain 33 in his love. 15:11 I have told you these things 34 so that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete. 15:12 My commandment is this – to love one another just as I have loved you. 35 15:13 No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life 36 for his friends. 15:14 You are my friends 37 if you do what I command you. 15:15 I no longer call you slaves, 38 because the slave does not understand 39 what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything 40 I heard 41 from my Father. 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you 42 and appointed you to go and bear 43 fruit, fruit that remains, 44 so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. 15:17 This 45 I command you – to love one another.
The World’s Hatred
15:18 “If the world hates you, be aware 46 that it hated me first. 47 15:19 If you belonged to the world, 48 the world would love you as its own. 49 However, because you do not belong to the world, 50 but I chose you out of the world, for this reason 51 the world hates you. 52 15:20 Remember what 53 I told you, ‘A slave 54 is not greater than his master.’ 55 If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed 56 my word, they will obey 57 yours too. 15:21 But they will do all these things to you on account of 58 my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. 59 15:22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. 60 But they no longer have any excuse for their sin. 15:23 The one who hates me hates my Father too. 15:24 If I had not performed 61 among them the miraculous deeds 62 that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. 63 But now they have seen the deeds 64 and have hated both me and my Father. 65 15:25 Now this happened 66 to fulfill the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated me without reason.’ 67 15:26 When the Advocate 68 comes, whom I will send you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he 69 will testify about me, 15:27 and you also will testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.
16:1 “I have told you all these things so that you will not fall away. 70 16:2 They will put you out of 71 the synagogue, 72 yet a time 73 is coming when the one who kills you will think he is offering service to God. 74 16:3 They 75 will do these things because they have not known the Father or me. 76 16:4 But I have told you these things 77 so that when their time 78 comes, you will remember that I told you about them. 79
“I did not tell you these things from the beginning because I was with you. 80 16:5 But now I am going to the one who sent me, 81 and not one of you is asking me, ‘Where are you going?’ 82 16:6 Instead your hearts are filled with sadness 83 because I have said these things to you. 16:7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I am going away. For if I do not go away, the Advocate 84 will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him to you. 16:8 And when he 85 comes, he will prove the world wrong 86 concerning sin and 87 righteousness and 88 judgment – 16:9 concerning sin, because 89 they do not believe in me; 90 16:10 concerning righteousness, 91 because 92 I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 16:11 and concerning judgment, 93 because 94 the ruler of this world 95 has been condemned. 96
16:12 “I have many more things to say to you, 97 but you cannot bear 98 them now. 16:13 But when he, 99 the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide 100 you into all truth. 101 For he will not speak on his own authority, 102 but will speak whatever he hears, and will tell you 103 what is to come. 104 16:14 He 105 will glorify me, 106 because he will receive 107 from me what is mine 108 and will tell it to you. 109 16:15 Everything that the Father has is mine; that is why I said the Spirit 110 will receive from me what is mine 111 and will tell it to you. 112 16:16 In a little while you 113 will see me no longer; again after a little while, you 114 will see me.” 115
16:17 Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What is the meaning of what he is saying, 116 ‘In a little while you 117 will not see me; again after a little while, you 118 will see me,’ and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” 119 16:18 So they kept on repeating, 120 “What is the meaning of what he says, 121 ‘In a little while’? 122 We do not understand 123 what he is talking about.” 124
16:19 Jesus could see 125 that they wanted to ask him about these things, 126 so 127 he said to them, “Are you asking 128 each other about this – that I said, ‘In a little while you 129 will not see me; again after a little while, you 130 will see me’? 16:20 I tell you the solemn truth, 131 you will weep 132 and wail, 133 but the world will rejoice; you will be sad, 134 but your sadness will turn into 135 joy. 16:21 When a woman gives birth, she has distress 136 because her time 137 has come, but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the suffering because of her joy that a human being 138 has been born into the world. 139 16:22 So also you have sorrow 140 now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. 141 16:23 At that time 142 you will ask me nothing. I tell you the solemn truth, 143 whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. 144 16:24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive it, 145 so that your joy may be complete.
16:25 “I have told you these things in obscure figures of speech; 146 a time 147 is coming when I will no longer speak to you in obscure figures, but will tell you 148 plainly 149 about the Father. 16:26 At that time 150 you will ask in my name, and I do not say 151 that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 16:27 For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 152 16:28 I came from the Father and entered into the world, but in turn, 153 I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” 154
16:29 His disciples said, “Look, now you are speaking plainly 155 and not in obscure figures of speech! 156 16:30 Now we know that you know everything 157 and do not need anyone 158 to ask you anything. 159 Because of this 160 we believe that you have come from God.”
16:31 Jesus replied, 161 “Do you now believe? 16:32 Look, a time 162 is coming – and has come – when you will be scattered, each one to his own home, 163 and I will be left alone. 164 Yet 165 I am not alone, because my Father 166 is with me. 16:33 I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, 167 but take courage 168 – I have conquered the world.” 169