Bible: John 14-15

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.

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