Bible: John 15:18-6:4
The World’s Hatred
15:18 “If the world hates you, be aware 1 that it hated me first. 2 15:19 If you belonged to the world, 3 the world would love you as its own. 4 However, because you do not belong to the world, 5 but I chose you out of the world, for this reason 6 the world hates you. 7 15:20 Remember what 8 I told you, ‘A slave 9 is not greater than his master.’ 10 If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed 11 my word, they will obey 12 yours too. 15:21 But they will do all these things to you on account of 13 my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. 14 15:22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. 15 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 16 among them the miraculous deeds 17 that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. 18 But now they have seen the deeds 19 and have hated both me and my Father. 20 15:25 Now this happened 21 to fulfill the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated me without reason.’ 22 15:26 When the Advocate 23 comes, whom I will send you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he 24 will testify about me, 15:27 and you also will testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.
The Vine and the Branches
15:1 “I am the true vine 25 and my Father is the gardener. 26 15:2 He takes away 27 every branch that does not bear 28 fruit in me. He 29 prunes 30 every branch that bears 31 fruit so that it will bear more fruit. 15:3 You are clean already 32 because of the word that I have spoken to you. 15:4 Remain 33 in me, and I will remain in you. 34 Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, 35 unless it remains 36 in 37 the vine, so neither can you unless you remain 38 in me.