Gospel of John, chapter 15
The True Vine - Love and Joy Perfected - The World’s Hatred - The Coming Rejection
Gospel of John, chapter 15 I am the vine the true one, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away, and every (branch) that bears fruit, He prunes, so that it may bear more fruit. You already are clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for without Me you cannot do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as the branch and is withered, and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, what you desire you will ask, and it shall be done for you. By this is glorified My Father, so that much fruit you might bear, and you will be My disciples. As He loved Me the Father, I also have loved you; abide in the love of mine. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I the commandments of My Father have kept and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that the joy of mine may remain in you and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater than this love no one has, that someone his own life lays down for his friends. You are My friends, if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what is doing his master; but you I have called friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another. If the world hates you, you know that Me before you it has hated. If of the world you were, the world its own would love; Yet because of the world you are not, but I chose you out of the world, therefore it hates you the world. Remember the word that I said to you; there is no servant greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; If My word they kept, yours also they will keep. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but now excuse they have none for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If the works I had not done among them which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But that it might be fulfilled the word which is written in their law, that they hated Me without a cause. But when He comes the Helper whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who from the Father proceeds, He will testify of Me; and you also will bear witness, because from the beginning you have been with Me.