Bible: John 15:2-27

15:2 He takes away 1  every branch that does not bear 2  fruit in me. He 3  prunes 4  every branch that bears 5  fruit so that it will bear more fruit. 15:3 You are clean already 6  because of the word that I have spoken to you. 15:4 Remain 7  in me, and I will remain in you. 8  Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, 9  unless it remains 10  in 11  the vine, so neither can you unless you remain 12  in me.

15:5I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains 13  in me – and I in him – bears 14  much fruit, 15  because apart from me you can accomplish 16  nothing. 15:6 If anyone does not remain 17  in me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, 18  and are burned up. 19  15:7 If you remain 20  in me and my words remain 21  in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you. 22  15:8 My Father is honored 23  by this, that 24  you bear 25  much fruit and show that you are 26  my disciples.

15:9Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; remain 27  in my love. 15:10 If you obey 28  my commandments, you will remain 29  in my love, just as I have obeyed 30  my Father’s commandments and remain 31  in his love. 15:11 I have told you these things 32  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. 33  15:13 No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life 34  for his friends. 15:14 You are my friends 35  if you do what I command you. 15:15 I no longer call you slaves, 36  because the slave does not understand 37  what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything 38  I heard 39  from my Father. 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you 40  and appointed you to go and bear 41  fruit, fruit that remains, 42  so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. 15:17 This 43  I command you – to love one another.

The World’s Hatred

15:18If the world hates you, be aware 44  that it hated me first. 45  15:19 If you belonged to the world, 46  the world would love you as its own. 47  However, because you do not belong to the world, 48  but I chose you out of the world, for this reason 49  the world hates you. 50  15:20 Remember what 51  I told you, ‘A slave 52  is not greater than his master.’ 53  If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed 54  my word, they will obey 55  yours too. 15:21 But they will do all these things to you on account of 56  my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. 57  15:22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. 58  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 59  among them the miraculous deeds 60  that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. 61  But now they have seen the deeds 62  and have hated both me and my Father. 63  15:25 Now this happened 64  to fulfill the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated me without reason.’ 65  15:26 When the Advocate 66  comes, whom I will send you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he 67  will testify about me, 15:27 and you also will testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

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