The Gospel According to John

Chapter 15

The Believer's Relationship to the Lord
1 I am the Vine, and My Father is the Vine-dresser. 2 He takes away every branch in Me that does not bear fruit; and every one that bears fruit He prunes, so that it may bear still more. 3 You are already cleansed by means of the Word which I have spoken to you. 4 Live in Me and I will live in you. As a branch cannot be fruitful by itself if it is not still in the vine, so neither can you if you are not in Me. 5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much fruit, but apart from Me you cannot do anything.

6 "Unless one lives in Me, he is trimmed off like a dry branch, to be gathered, cast into the fire and burned. 7 But if you live in Me and My Words in you, then ask whatever you will and it shall be done for you.

8 "When you bear much fruit - that is, when you are My disciples - then My Father gets the glory. 9 Just as the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Continue in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments you will remain in My love, even as I have kept My Father's commandments and remain in His love. 11 I have told you this so that My joy may be yours, and your joy may be complete.

The Believer's Relationship to Fellow-Believers
12 "This is My commandment: Love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15 I no longer call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is about. But I have called you friends, for I have told you everything that I heard from My Father. 16 You did not choose Me. I chose you. And I have appointed you to go out and to bear fruit - fruit that will be lasting - so that the Father may give you everything that you may ask for in My name. 17 So this is My command to you: Love one another.

The Believer's Relationship to the World
18 "If the world hates you, remember that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world, the world hates you. 20 Remember that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you also. If they had kept My Word, they would also keep yours. 21 And all this they will do to you on My account, because they do not know Him who sent Me.

22 "If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates Me also hates My Father. 24 If I had not done works among them such as no one else has done, they would not have been guilty; but now, though they have seen Me, they hate both Me and My Father. 25 Thus the saying in their Law,'They hated Me without cause,' had to be fulfilled.

The Source of the Believer's Power
26 "When the Comforter comes, whom I will send from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who goes forth from the Father will bear witness concerning Me. 27 And also you will be witnesses, for you have been with Me from the beginning."

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