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I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 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. 17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.

18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. 23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: 27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

Commentary for John 15

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for John 15

  • Jerry Walker on John 15
    John 15 is a wonderful chapter. I follow Jesus' message here as well.
  • Alex on John 15:26
    Comments about the Comforter the H.G. JOHN 15 V 26 KJV. THE COMFORTER THE h.g. will not come till Jesus is Glorified meaning multiplication of his seed the Word the H.G has to be born in US via a seed the WORD the living WORD not the written Word but the LIVING WORD YA REMEMBER HE BREATH ON THEM AND THEY RECEIVED THE H.G. His breath was his WORD,HIS SEED ETC HE had already said he that soweth the good seed is the son of man, and that good seed is the word of God,Yes jesus has a seed, its his WORD to whom the word came it made them Gods thus he can propagate God thats y he is saying that which is BORN of the spriit is spirit thats our new innerman the H.G. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY IS THE MULTIPLCATION OF CHRIST THE CHILD OF PROMISE THE H.G. TH GLORFICATION OF CHRIST MEANING THE H.G WILL COME WHEN HE GOES FORTH TO SOW HIS SEED TH WORD IN US SINNERS THE WORLD. The scriptures say that the GLORY OF THE FATHERS ARE THE CHILDREN.Ya remember the h.g fell on them that heard his WORDS, HE WAS REPRODUCING HIMSELF VIA HIS SEED THE WORD IN SINNERS thus the kingdom will come as child birth but the child is the H.G. THE KINGDOM unless ya receive the kingdom as a lil child etc.Ya gotta realize that the parable of the sower and his seed is multiplication in humanity via his seed. The scripture says that the H.G was not yet given b/c that Christ was not yet GLORFIED meaning multiplication ( the sower and his seed ) the contents of the book, the new covenant remember when the book was opened thats when they sang a new song. the woman goes into travail and child birth ( multiplication of his seed in humanity . But God told Daniel these WORDS(new covenant ) is sealed till the time of the End,as the book was sealed till the end. After the Woman gives birth then John 12 v 10 says Now is come salvation, and the kingdom of our lord and his Christ ( the child ) THE CHILD IS THE H.G. TH KINGDOM. One of the seals is GLORIFICATION ( GLORY ) I.E. THIS CHAP. 12 IS PURE KINGDOM VIA A CHILD TH H.G.
  • Boots on John 15
    Linda Miller.you are spot on , cheers
  • Jim on John 15
    Do not tell yourself that God and you planned this togetter. God will not help anyone sin, That's murder; thou shall not kill in the ten commandments. Please do not say things like that; because that propped me to pray for you and to write this reponse. Praying that you are alright.
  • Mishael on John 15
    Matthew 12:36. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give an account thereof in the day of Judgment.

    For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou Shalt be condemned.
  • Tjeff on John 15:7
    I believe this the easiest verse to remember, very helpful, I trust in the word and keep it in me, then anything I ask it will be done in his name
  • Karen Tallo on John 15
    I was baptized at 16, I am a sinner who want to sin no more do I have to be baptized again, I believe in GOD with all my heart .
  • Linda Miller - in Reply on John 15
    Regarding baptism. Matthews 28:19 & 20, Jesus said: ...teach ALL nations, baptizing them ...Also, Mark 16:15 & 16 say: preach the gospel...he that believe and is baptized shall be saved. Baptism come before you are saved. Baptism is essential to salvation. Acts 2:37 & 38. 1 Peter 3:21 ... Baptism saves us. 2 Timothy 3:16 & 17 tells us that "ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness ... Be blessed!
  • Jesus is king on John 15
    Jesus is the one that chose us and died for us because he loves us
  • Jesus Our Best Friend on John 15
    Jesus Is Our Friend He Loves all His Children Far and Wide He calls Us Tenderly to His Side. In His Heart there will Always be a Place for You and for Me. He came to Earth as a Babe even though all Creation He had Made. Hands Stretched out and Nailed upon Calvary s Tree, This was Done for You and Me This was Done to Set Us Free, To Give Us Hope and Victory. Reaching out Across the Land Drawing His Children by the Hand. Close to our Side He Will Always Stay Helping Us to Trust and Obey. As We Seek The Father s Will His Joy and Peace we ll know for He will Never Let Us Go. Jesus is Our Friend and with Him there is No End and in Eternity We will see how Great His Love for You and Me.


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