John Chapter 15
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.
Robert's John Chapter 15 comment about verse 13 on 8/16/2014, 8:29pm...
For a very long time I have pondered John 15 13! Read in the full context of John 15, the suicide death of my nephew and even the recent suicide of Robin Williams I find myself questioning whether "laying down 's one life " means voluntary death I have no doubt it can surely mean this but I think there is more! For me that Christ would lay down set apart his life in heaven and come to earth took the greatest love. To think that he who knew no sin would come amongst us for but a moment in time but he stayed some 33 years in all "our " filth. And so when Christ says "greater love hath no man then this " I feel he is very much saying that when we set apart lay down all our plans and ambitions our life to reach down up to a friend this is the greatest love we can show. And to do so for those who hate us is even greater love then this as Paul says. Death is such a final act for us on earth but in heaven death is not known so the greatest demonstration of love must be different. In conclusion I would suggest that when the death of Christ came even by death on the cross he had already layed down HIS life. That He rose again forces us to acknowledge that his death alone was not sufficient because if he had stayed in death then we would most certainly be still lost.
Dharam's John Chapter 15 comment about verse 16 on 8/11/2014, 7:32am...
The fact that God has chosen us proves that he has high expectations for us. He expects us to bring forth fruits and we need to please him in doing so.
Olabode's John Chapter 15 comment about verse 16 on 8/11/2014, 2:50am...
Evangelism is the commandment from God. Mark 16v15. No wonder, Jesus said in this verse that he has chosen us and ordained us that we should go and produce fruit, that is, we should go and persuade others to believe in God. Not only to produce fruit but our fruits should abide, that is,our fruits should be rooted in Christ and telling others to believe in Christ.
Winfred richard's John Chapter 15 comment about verse 7 on 7/27/2014, 2:26am...
all believers have the same oppurtunity to seek the Lord
Dharam's John Chapter 15 comment about verse 20 on 7/21/2014, 3:27pm...
As believers we are not promised a trouble free life but whenever we go through troubles we can rest assured the same God that raise Jesus from the dead will see us through.
Moses Njenga's John Chapter 15 comment about verse 20 on 7/21/2014, 10:58am...
Church stand for Truth and expect persecution from the world, stop yapping that hatred is directed at you, this is a continuation for it hated HIM first, and now HE lives in you, what do you expect? Good news is that we shall overcome because HE did.
Jason Johnson's John Chapter 15 comment about verse 20 on 7/21/2014, 9:26am...
If the firstfruit be Holy, the rest shall be holy also translation mine . This goes along with tithes also so if Jesus is the "first part ", and the first part was persecuted, then the rest shall be persecuted also. but if the rest is not like the first part, then it has no part in the first.
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