Bible: Jn 14-16

Jesus’ Parting Words to His Disciples

14:1Do not let your hearts be distressed. 1  You believe in God; 2  believe also in me. 14:2 There are many dwelling places 3  in my Father’s house. 4  Otherwise, I would have told you, because 5  I am going away to make ready 6  a place for you. 7  14:3 And if I go and make ready 8  a place for you, I will come again and take you 9  to be with me, 10  so that where I am you may be too. 14:4 And you know the way where I am going.” 11 

14:5 Thomas said, 12 Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way? 14:6 Jesus replied, 13 I am the way, and the truth, and the life. 14  No one comes to the Father except through me. 14:7 If you have known me, you will know my Father too. 15  And from now on you do know him and have seen him.”

14:8 Philip said, 16 Lord, show us the Father, and we will be content.” 17  14:9 Jesus replied, 18 Have I been with you for so long, and you have not known 19  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? 20  The words that I say to you, I do not speak on my own initiative, 21  but the Father residing in me performs 22  his miraculous deeds. 23  14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me, but if you do not believe me, 24  believe because of the miraculous deeds 25  themselves. 14:12 I tell you the solemn truth, 26  the person who believes in me will perform 27  the miraculous deeds 28  that I am doing, 29  and will perform 30  greater deeds 31  than these, because I am going to the Father. 14:13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, 32  so that the Father may be glorified 33  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 34  my commandments. 35  14:16 Then 36  I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate 37  to be with you forever 14:17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, 38  because it does not see him or know him. But you know him, because he resides 39  with you and will be 40  in you.

14:18I will not abandon 41  you as orphans, 42  I will come to you. 43  14:19 In a little while 44  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 45  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 46  them is the one who loves me. 47  The one 48  who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal 49  myself to him.”

14:22Lord,” Judas (not Judas Iscariot) 50  said, 51 what has happened that you are going to reveal 52  yourself to us and not to the world? 14:23 Jesus replied, 53 If anyone loves me, he will obey 54  my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him. 55  14:24 The person who does not love me does not obey 56  my words. And the word 57  you hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me.

14:25I have spoken these things while staying 58  with you. 14:26 But the Advocate, 59  the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you 60  everything, 61  and will cause you to remember everything 62  I said to you.

14:27Peace I leave with you; 63  my peace I give to you; I do not give it 64  to you as the world does. 65  Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage. 66  14:28 You heard me say to you, 67 I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad 68  that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am. 69  14:29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. 70  14:30 I will not speak with you much longer, 71  for the ruler of this world is coming. 72  He has no power over me, 73  14:31 but I am doing just what the Father commanded me, so that the world may know 74  that I love the Father. 75  Get up, let us go from here.” 76 

The Vine and the Branches

15:1I am the true vine 77  and my Father is the gardener. 78  15:2 He takes away 79  every branch that does not bear 80  fruit in me. He 81  prunes 82  every branch that bears 83  fruit so that it will bear more fruit. 15:3 You are clean already 84  because of the word that I have spoken to you. 15:4 Remain 85  in me, and I will remain in you. 86  Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, 87  unless it remains 88  in 89  the vine, so neither can you unless you remain 90  in me.

15:5I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains 91  in me – and I in him – bears 92  much fruit, 93  because apart from me you can accomplish 94  nothing. 15:6 If anyone does not remain 95  in me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, 96  and are burned up. 97  15:7 If you remain 98  in me and my words remain 99  in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you. 100  15:8 My Father is honored 101  by this, that 102  you bear 103  much fruit and show that you are 104  my disciples.

15:9Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; remain 105  in my love. 15:10 If you obey 106  my commandments, you will remain 107  in my love, just as I have obeyed 108  my Father’s commandments and remain 109  in his love. 15:11 I have told you these things 110  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. 111  15:13 No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life 112  for his friends. 15:14 You are my friends 113  if you do what I command you. 15:15 I no longer call you slaves, 114  because the slave does not understand 115  what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything 116  I heard 117  from my Father. 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you 118  and appointed you to go and bear 119  fruit, fruit that remains, 120  so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. 15:17 This 121  I command you – to love one another.

The World’s Hatred

15:18If the world hates you, be aware 122  that it hated me first. 123  15:19 If you belonged to the world, 124  the world would love you as its own. 125  However, because you do not belong to the world, 126  but I chose you out of the world, for this reason 127  the world hates you. 128  15:20 Remember what 129  I told you, ‘A slave 130  is not greater than his master.’ 131  If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed 132  my word, they will obey 133  yours too. 15:21 But they will do all these things to you on account of 134  my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. 135  15:22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. 136  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 137  among them the miraculous deeds 138  that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. 139  But now they have seen the deeds 140  and have hated both me and my Father. 141  15:25 Now this happened 142  to fulfill the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated me without reason.’ 143  15:26 When the Advocate 144  comes, whom I will send you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he 145  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. 146  16:2 They will put you out of 147  the synagogue, 148  yet a time 149  is coming when the one who kills you will think he is offering service to God. 150  16:3 They 151  will do these things because they have not known the Father or me. 152  16:4 But I have told you these things 153  so that when their time 154  comes, you will remember that I told you about them. 155 

“I did not tell you these things from the beginning because I was with you. 156  16:5 But now I am going to the one who sent me, 157  and not one of you is asking me, ‘Where are you going?’ 158  16:6 Instead your hearts are filled with sadness 159  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 160  will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him to you. 16:8 And when he 161  comes, he will prove the world wrong 162  concerning sin and 163  righteousness and 164  judgment 16:9 concerning sin, because 165  they do not believe in me; 166  16:10 concerning righteousness, 167  because 168  I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 16:11 and concerning judgment, 169  because 170  the ruler of this world 171  has been condemned. 172 

16:12I have many more things to say to you, 173  but you cannot bear 174  them now. 16:13 But when he, 175  the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide 176  you into all truth. 177  For he will not speak on his own authority, 178  but will speak whatever he hears, and will tell you 179  what is to come. 180  16:14 He 181  will glorify me, 182  because he will receive 183  from me what is mine 184  and will tell it to you. 185  16:15 Everything that the Father has is mine; that is why I said the Spirit 186  will receive from me what is mine 187  and will tell it to you. 188  16:16 In a little while you 189  will see me no longer; again after a little while, you 190  will see me.” 191 

16:17 Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What is the meaning of what he is saying, 192 In a little while you 193  will not see me; again after a little while, you 194  will see me,’ and, ‘because I am going to the Father? 195  16:18 So they kept on repeating, 196 What is the meaning of what he says, 197 In a little while? 198  We do not understand 199  what he is talking about.” 200 

16:19 Jesus could see 201  that they wanted to ask him about these things, 202  so 203  he said to them, “Are you asking 204  each other about this – that I said, ‘In a little while you 205  will not see me; again after a little while, you 206  will see me? 16:20 I tell you the solemn truth, 207  you will weep 208  and wail, 209  but the world will rejoice; you will be sad, 210  but your sadness will turn into 211  joy. 16:21 When a woman gives birth, she has distress 212  because her time 213  has come, but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the suffering because of her joy that a human being 214  has been born into the world. 215  16:22 So also you have sorrow 216  now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. 217  16:23 At that time 218  you will ask me nothing. I tell you the solemn truth, 219  whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. 220  16:24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive it, 221  so that your joy may be complete.

16:25I have told you these things in obscure figures of speech; 222  a time 223  is coming when I will no longer speak to you in obscure figures, but will tell you 224  plainly 225  about the Father. 16:26 At that time 226  you will ask in my name, and I do not say 227  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. 228  16:28 I came from the Father and entered into the world, but in turn, 229  I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” 230 

16:29 His disciples said, “Look, now you are speaking plainly 231  and not in obscure figures of speech! 232  16:30 Now we know that you know everything 233  and do not need anyone 234  to ask you anything. 235  Because of this 236  we believe that you have come from God.”

16:31 Jesus replied, 237 Do you now believe? 16:32 Look, a time 238  is coming – and has come – when you will be scattered, each one to his own home, 239  and I will be left alone. 240  Yet 241  I am not alone, because my Father 242  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, 243  but take courage 244 I have conquered the world.” 245 

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