The Vine and the Branches
2Every branch in me that does not produce fruit he removes,15:2 Mt 3:10; 7:19; 15:13; Lk 3:9; 13:6–9; Jn 15:6; Rm 11:17,22 and he prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit.
4Remain in me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me.15:4 Jn 6:56; 8:28; 1Jn 2:5
5I am the vine; 15:5 Jms 3:12 you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit,15:5 Mk 4:8 because you can do nothing without me.
6If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown aside15:6 Jn 15:2 like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire,15:6 2Th 1:8 and they are burned.15:6 1Th 1:8; 2Pt 3:7
7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you.15:7 Jn 14:14
9 “As the Father has loved me, I have also loved you. Remain in my love. 15:9 Col 1:13; 1Jn 5:20; Jd 21
14You are my friends if you do what I command you.
15I do not call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn’t know what his master15:15 Or lord15:15 Col 3:22 is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from my Father.
17 “This is what I command you: Love one another.
19If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen15:19 Eph 1:4 you out of it, the world hates you.
20Remember the word I spoke to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’15:20 Jn 13:16 If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word,15:20 Jn 8:51 they will also keep yours.
21But they will do all these things to you on account of my name,15:21 Mk 13:13; Jn 10:25 because they don’t know15:21 Jn 3:11; 7:28; 20:9 the one who sent me.
22If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin.15:22 Ezk 2:5; 3:7; Jn 9:41; Rm 1:20; 2:1; 6:23 Now they have no excuse for their sin.
24If I had not done the works15:24 Jn 5:36; Heb 3:9; Rv 15:3 among them that no one else has done,15:24 Jn 3:2; 7:31; 9:32; 10:32,37 they would not be guilty of sin.15:24 Jn 9:41 Now they have seen and hated both me and my Father.
The Counselor’s Ministry
26 “When the Counselor 15:26 Jn 14:16 comes, the one I will send to you from the Father15:26 Jn 14:26 — the Spirit of truth15:26 Ps 119:142; Jn 1:33; 14:17; 16:13; Rm 3:7; 1Jn 4:6 who proceeds from the Father — he will testify about me.
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