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Frameworks: John's Gospel, chapter 15

 

(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for verse-by-verse study or meditation. To focus each verse we have also added in italic a description of what is happening)

    

CHAPTER 15

    

v.1-17    The Vine and the Branches
v.18- 25 The World Hates the Disciples
v.26,27   The Work of the Holy Spirit

 

v.1-17 The Vine and the Branches

 

v.1 (Jesus' declaration) I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.

v.2 (God cuts off barren branches and prunes good ones) He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

v.3 (God's word cleanses) You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.

v.4 (remain or abide in me otherwise you can't bear fruit) Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

v.5 (if I am the vine you are my branches – to bear fruit) “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

v.6 (those who don't remain in me get cut off) If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.

v.7 (be one with me and ask whatever you will) If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

v.8 (fruit-bearing glorifies my Father) This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

v.9 (He loves me, I have loved you so live in that love) “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.

v.10 (obey me and you'll remain in my love) If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in his love.

v.11 ( I've said this so you joy will be full) I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

v.12 (the prime command again) My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

v.13 (greatest love is sacrificial) Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.

v.14 (if you obey you're my friends) You are my friends if you do what I command.

v. 15 (no longer just servants but friends) I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

v.16 (I chose you to be fruit bearing) You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

v.17 (so do it – love one another) This is my command: Love each other.

  

v.18- 25 The World Hates the Disciples

  

v.18 (if you are hated, remember me) “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.

v.19 (they hate you because you're different) If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

v.20 (as they persecute me so they'll persecute you) Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.

v.21 (they'll do this because they're godless) They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.

v.22 (if they hadn't heard they would have an excuse - but they don't) If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.

v.23 (hate me and you hate God) Whoever hates me hates my Father as well.

v.24 (if I had done nothing they might be excused – but they're not) If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.

v.25  (this fulfils prophecy) But this is to fulfil what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.' [Psa 35:19; 69:4]

  

v.26,27 The Work of the Holy Spirit

  

v.26 (when the Spirit comes He will testify to me) “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.

v.27 (and you must testify too) And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.