Bible: Jn 13:31-16:33

The Prediction of Peter’s Denial

13:31 When 1  Judas 2  had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in him. 13:32 If God is glorified in him, 3  God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him right away. 4  13:33 Children, I am still with you for a little while. You will look for me, 5  and just as I said to the Jewish religious leaders, 6 Where I am going you cannot come,’ 7  now I tell you the same. 8 

13:34I give you a new commandment – to love 9  one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 10  13:35 Everyone 11  will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.”

13:36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, 12 Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, but you will follow later.” 13:37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you! 13  13:38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? 14  I tell you the solemn truth, 15  the rooster will not crow until you have denied me three times!

Jesus’ Parting Words to His Disciples

14:1Do not let your hearts be distressed. 16  You believe in God; 17  believe also in me. 14:2 There are many dwelling places 18  in my Father’s house. 19  Otherwise, I would have told you, because 20  I am going away to make ready 21  a place for you. 22  14:3 And if I go and make ready 23  a place for you, I will come again and take you 24  to be with me, 25  so that where I am you may be too. 14:4 And you know the way where I am going.” 26 

14:5 Thomas said, 27 Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way? 14:6 Jesus replied, 28 I am the way, and the truth, and the life. 29  No one comes to the Father except through me. 14:7 If you have known me, you will know my Father too. 30  And from now on you do know him and have seen him.”

14:8 Philip said, 31 Lord, show us the Father, and we will be content.” 32  14:9 Jesus replied, 33 Have I been with you for so long, and you have not known 34  me, Philip? The person who has seen me has seen the Father! How can you say, ‘Show us the Father? 14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me? 35  The words that I say to you, I do not speak on my own initiative, 36  but the Father residing in me performs 37  his miraculous deeds. 38  14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me, but if you do not believe me, 39  believe because of the miraculous deeds 40  themselves. 14:12 I tell you the solemn truth, 41  the person who believes in me will perform 42  the miraculous deeds 43  that I am doing, 44  and will perform 45  greater deeds 46  than these, because I am going to the Father. 14:13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, 47  so that the Father may be glorified 48  in the Son. 14:14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

Teaching on the Holy Spirit

14:15If you love me, you will obey 49  my commandments. 50  14:16 Then 51  I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate 52  to be with you forever 14:17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, 53  because it does not see him or know him. But you know him, because he resides 54  with you and will be 55  in you.

14:18I will not abandon 56  you as orphans, 57  I will come to you. 58  14:19 In a little while 59  the world will not see me any longer, but you will see me; because I live, you will live too. 14:20 You will know at that time 60  that I am in my Father and you are in me and I am in you. 14:21 The person who has my commandments and obeys 61  them is the one who loves me. 62  The one 63  who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal 64  myself to him.”

14:22Lord,” Judas (not Judas Iscariot) 65  said, 66 what has happened that you are going to reveal 67  yourself to us and not to the world? 14:23 Jesus replied, 68 If anyone loves me, he will obey 69  my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him. 70  14:24 The person who does not love me does not obey 71  my words. And the word 72  you hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me.

14:25I have spoken these things while staying 73  with you. 14:26 But the Advocate, 74  the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you 75  everything, 76  and will cause you to remember everything 77  I said to you.

14:27Peace I leave with you; 78  my peace I give to you; I do not give it 79  to you as the world does. 80  Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage. 81  14:28 You heard me say to you, 82 I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad 83  that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am. 84  14:29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. 85  14:30 I will not speak with you much longer, 86  for the ruler of this world is coming. 87  He has no power over me, 88  14:31 but I am doing just what the Father commanded me, so that the world may know 89  that I love the Father. 90  Get up, let us go from here.” 91 

The Vine and the Branches

15:1I am the true vine 92  and my Father is the gardener. 93  15:2 He takes away 94  every branch that does not bear 95  fruit in me. He 96  prunes 97  every branch that bears 98  fruit so that it will bear more fruit. 15:3 You are clean already 99  because of the word that I have spoken to you. 15:4 Remain 100  in me, and I will remain in you. 101  Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, 102  unless it remains 103  in 104  the vine, so neither can you unless you remain 105  in me.

15:5I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains 106  in me – and I in him – bears 107  much fruit, 108  because apart from me you can accomplish 109  nothing. 15:6 If anyone does not remain 110  in me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, 111  and are burned up. 112  15:7 If you remain 113  in me and my words remain 114  in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you. 115  15:8 My Father is honored 116  by this, that 117  you bear 118  much fruit and show that you are 119  my disciples.

15:9Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; remain 120  in my love. 15:10 If you obey 121  my commandments, you will remain 122  in my love, just as I have obeyed 123  my Father’s commandments and remain 124  in his love. 15:11 I have told you these things 125  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. 126  15:13 No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life 127  for his friends. 15:14 You are my friends 128  if you do what I command you. 15:15 I no longer call you slaves, 129  because the slave does not understand 130  what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything 131  I heard 132  from my Father. 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you 133  and appointed you to go and bear 134  fruit, fruit that remains, 135  so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. 15:17 This 136  I command you – to love one another.

The World’s Hatred

15:18If the world hates you, be aware 137  that it hated me first. 138  15:19 If you belonged to the world, 139  the world would love you as its own. 140  However, because you do not belong to the world, 141  but I chose you out of the world, for this reason 142  the world hates you. 143  15:20 Remember what 144  I told you, ‘A slave 145  is not greater than his master.’ 146  If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed 147  my word, they will obey 148  yours too. 15:21 But they will do all these things to you on account of 149  my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. 150  15:22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. 151  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 152  among them the miraculous deeds 153  that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. 154  But now they have seen the deeds 155  and have hated both me and my Father. 156  15:25 Now this happened 157  to fulfill the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated me without reason.’ 158  15:26 When the Advocate 159  comes, whom I will send you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he 160  will testify about me, 15:27 and you also will testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

16:1I have told you all these things so that you will not fall away. 161  16:2 They will put you out of 162  the synagogue, 163  yet a time 164  is coming when the one who kills you will think he is offering service to God. 165  16:3 They 166  will do these things because they have not known the Father or me. 167  16:4 But I have told you these things 168  so that when their time 169  comes, you will remember that I told you about them. 170 

“I did not tell you these things from the beginning because I was with you. 171  16:5 But now I am going to the one who sent me, 172  and not one of you is asking me, ‘Where are you going?’ 173  16:6 Instead your hearts are filled with sadness 174  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 175  will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him to you. 16:8 And when he 176  comes, he will prove the world wrong 177  concerning sin and 178  righteousness and 179  judgment 16:9 concerning sin, because 180  they do not believe in me; 181  16:10 concerning righteousness, 182  because 183  I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 16:11 and concerning judgment, 184  because 185  the ruler of this world 186  has been condemned. 187 

16:12I have many more things to say to you, 188  but you cannot bear 189  them now. 16:13 But when he, 190  the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide 191  you into all truth. 192  For he will not speak on his own authority, 193  but will speak whatever he hears, and will tell you 194  what is to come. 195  16:14 He 196  will glorify me, 197  because he will receive 198  from me what is mine 199  and will tell it to you. 200  16:15 Everything that the Father has is mine; that is why I said the Spirit 201  will receive from me what is mine 202  and will tell it to you. 203  16:16 In a little while you 204  will see me no longer; again after a little while, you 205  will see me.” 206 

16:17 Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What is the meaning of what he is saying, 207 In a little while you 208  will not see me; again after a little while, you 209  will see me,’ and, ‘because I am going to the Father? 210  16:18 So they kept on repeating, 211 What is the meaning of what he says, 212 In a little while? 213  We do not understand 214  what he is talking about.” 215 

16:19 Jesus could see 216  that they wanted to ask him about these things, 217  so 218  he said to them, “Are you asking 219  each other about this – that I said, ‘In a little while you 220  will not see me; again after a little while, you 221  will see me? 16:20 I tell you the solemn truth, 222  you will weep 223  and wail, 224  but the world will rejoice; you will be sad, 225  but your sadness will turn into 226  joy. 16:21 When a woman gives birth, she has distress 227  because her time 228  has come, but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the suffering because of her joy that a human being 229  has been born into the world. 230  16:22 So also you have sorrow 231  now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. 232  16:23 At that time 233  you will ask me nothing. I tell you the solemn truth, 234  whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. 235  16:24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive it, 236  so that your joy may be complete.

16:25I have told you these things in obscure figures of speech; 237  a time 238  is coming when I will no longer speak to you in obscure figures, but will tell you 239  plainly 240  about the Father. 16:26 At that time 241  you will ask in my name, and I do not say 242  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. 243  16:28 I came from the Father and entered into the world, but in turn, 244  I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” 245 

16:29 His disciples said, “Look, now you are speaking plainly 246  and not in obscure figures of speech! 247  16:30 Now we know that you know everything 248  and do not need anyone 249  to ask you anything. 250  Because of this 251  we believe that you have come from God.”

16:31 Jesus replied, 252 Do you now believe? 16:32 Look, a time 253  is coming – and has come – when you will be scattered, each one to his own home, 254  and I will be left alone. 255  Yet 256  I am not alone, because my Father 257  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, 258  but take courage 259 I have conquered the world.” 260 

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