John Chapter 15
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16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
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Matthew Henry's John Chapter 15 Bible commentary...
Christ the true Vine. (1-8) His love to his disciples. (9-17) foretold. (18-25) The Comforter promised. (26,27)1-8 Jesus Christ is the Vine, the true Vine. The union of the human and Divine natures, and the fulness of the Spirit that is in him, resemble the root of the vine made fruitful by the moisture from a rich soil. Believers are branches of this Vine. The root is unseen, and our life is hid with Christ; the root bears the tree, diffuses sap to it, and in Christ are all supports and supplies. The branches of the vine are many, yet, meeting in the root, are all but one vine; thus all true Christians, though in place and opinion distant from each other, meet in Christ. Believers, like the branches of the vine, are weak, and unable to stand but as they are borne up. The Father is the Husbandman. Never was any husbandman so wise, so watchful, about his vineyard, as God is about his church, which therefore must prosper. We must be fruitful. From a vine we look for grapes, and from a Christian we look for a Christian temper, disposition, and life. We must honour God, and do good; this is bearing fruit. The unfruitful are taken away. And even fruitful branches need pruning; for the best have notions, passions, and humours, that require to be taken away, which Christ has promised to forward the sanctification of believers, they will be thankful, for them. The word of Christ is spoken to all believers; and there is a cleansing virtue in that word, as it works grace, and works out corruption. And the more fruit we bring forth, the more we abound in what is good, the more our Lord is glorified. In order to fruitfulness, we must abide in Christ, must have union with him by faith. It is the great concern of all Christ's disciples, constantly to keep up dependence upon Christ, and communion with him. True Christians find by experience, that any interruption in the exercise of their faith, causes holy affections to decline, their corruptions to revive, and their comforts to droop. Those who abide not in Christ, though they may flourish for awhile in outward profession, yet come to nothing. The fire is the fittest place for withered branches; they are good for nothing else. Let us seek to live more simply on the fulness of Christ, and to grow more fruitful in every good word and work, so may our joy in Him and in his salvation be full.
9-17 Those whom God loves as a Father, may despise the hatred of all the world. As the Father loved Christ, who was most worthy, so he loved his disciples, who were unworthy. All that love the Saviour should continue in their love to him, and take all occasions to show it. The joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment, but the joy of those who abide in Christ's love is a continual feast. They are to show their love to him by keeping his commandments. If the same power that first shed abroad the love of Christ's in our hearts, did not keep us in that love, we should not long abide in it. Christ's love to us should direct us to love each other. He speaks as about to give many things in charge, yet names this only; it includes many duties.
18-25 How little do many persons think, that in opposing the doctrine of Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, they prove themselves ignorant of the one living and true God, whom they profess to worship! The name into which Christ's disciples were baptized, is that which they will live and die by. It is a comfort to the greatest sufferers, if they suffer for Christ's name's sake. The world's ignorance is the true cause of its hatred to the disciples of Jesus. The clearer and fuller the discoveries of the grace and truth of Christ, the greater is our sin if we do not love him and believe in him.
26,27. The blessed Spirit will maintain the cause of Christ in the world, notwithstanding the opposition it meets with. Believers taught and encouraged by his influences, would bear testimony to Christ and his salvation.
Bob's John Chapter 15 comment about verse 16 on 6/01/2013, 2:44am...
John 15:16 is really saying, pray only to the father through his only begotton son and the father will give.no other can help like so called saints they are holy people but not saviours.
Sunday Kampamba's John Chapter 15 comment about verse 7 on 5/16/2013, 6:46am...
Great scripture which has comforted my grieveing and bleeding heart right now. Amen and glory be to God.
Kingdom's John Chapter 15 comment on 5/12/2013, 8:05pm...
we must bear fruit..we must move on..whatever the circumstances we fce in life..we must remain in him
Sherylynn Taylor's John Chapter 15 comment on 5/11/2013, 11:42am...
Hey sister Leotha, i most abundantly and ggraciously agree for he chose us and it is a honor, for he said many are called but a few are chosen and i am so thank full that i answered his call.for my cup runneth over and i thank him for His mercy and wondefull grace. In Jesus Name.
Dr. Aderinboye's John Chapter 15 comment about verse 13 on 3/30/2013, 6:38pm...
this kind of love has never been once exemplified by any man. Only Jesus is love indeed. He who gave up his life has given up all. What else would he not give? Nothing can be more dare!
Dennis Eiermann's John Chapter 15 comment on 3/13/2013, 12:57pm...
I am taking command of verse 7 of John 15, for at this time I need this promise of our Lord to help me find housing.
Apostle Mardia Scott Jr.'s John Chapter 15 comment about verse 2 on 2/21/2013, 9:11am...
The Greek word here in verse 2 for "taketh away" is "airo" which would have better been translated as "lifted up". When a vine grows, it grows vigorously, through barriers of all sorts, even dirt. When a good "husbandman" observes that a branch has been smothered under dirt, he will "lift it up" out of dirt because he realizes that it is dirt that causes it not to bear fruits. How many of us should be grateful that our Husbandman, after recognizing our fruitlessness, also recognized the dirt we were emerged under, that was causing that fruitlessness. And instead of cutting us away, like the world does, He "lifted us up" out of the dirt we were in! So this text teaches us that when Christ is our True Vine, or Lord of our life, we go from "Lifted up"(verse 2), to "Letting go"(verse 2), to "Leaning on"(verses 3-5). But it's all by his grace, not by our strength! -Apostle Mardia Scott Jr.
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