John 15

I Am the True Vine

1 "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 a "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He 1 takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear b more fruit. 3 c "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 d "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much e fruit; for without Me you can do f nothing. 6 "If anyone does not abide in Me, g he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 "If you abide in Me, and My words h abide in you, i you 2 will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 j "By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; k so you will be My disciples. 9 "As the Father l loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 m "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. 11 "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and n that your joy may be full.

12 o "This is My p commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 q "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. 14 r "You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 "No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, s for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 t "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and u appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father v in My name He may give you. 17 "These things I command you, that you love one another.

The Hatred of the World

18 w "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 x "If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet y because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 "Remember the word that I said to you, z 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. a If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 "But b all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. 22 c "If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, d but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 e "He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 "If I had not done among them f the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have g seen and also hated both Me and My Father. 25 "But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, h 'They hated Me without a cause.' 3

26 i "But when the 4 Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, j He will testify of Me. 27 "And k you also will bear witness, because l you have been with Me from the beginning.

  1. Cross References
    Matthew 15:13
    But He answered and said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.
  2. Cross References
    Matthew 13:12
    For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
  3. Cross References
    John 13:10
    Jesus said to him, "He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.
    John 17:17
    Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
    Ephesians 5:26
    That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word.
  4. Cross References
    John 17:23
    I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
    Ephesians 3:17
    That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love.
    Colossians 1:23
    If indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.
  5. Cross References
    Hosea 14:8
    " Ephraim shall say, 'What have I to do anymore with idols?' I have heard and observed him. I am like a green cypress tree; Your fruit is found in Me."
    Galatians 5:22
    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.
    Galatians 5:23
    Gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
  6. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 3:5
    Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.
  7. Cross References
    Matthew 3:10
    And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
  8. Cross References
    1 John 2:14
    I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.
  9. Cross References
    John 14:13
    And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
    John 16:23
    And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 22:23
    You who fear the LORD, praise Him! All you desc...
    Matthew 5:16
    Let your light so shine before men, that they m...
    John 13:31
    So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now the ...
    John 17:4
    I have glorified You on the earth. I have finis...
    Philippians 1:11
    Being filled with the fruits of righteousness w...
    1 Peter 4:11
    If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles ...
  11. Cross References
    John 8:31
    Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
  12. Cross References
    John 5:20
    For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.
    John 17:26
    "And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them."
  13. Cross References
    John 14:15
    If you love Me, keep My commandments.
  14. Cross References
    John 16:24
    Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
    1 John 1:4
    And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.
  15. Cross References
    John 13:34
    A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
    1 John 3:11
    For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
  16. Cross References
    Romans 12:9
    Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
  17. Cross References
    Ephesians 5:2
    And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
    1 John 3:16
    By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
  18. Cross References
    Matthew 12:50
    "For whoever does the will of My Father in heav...
    Matthew 28:20
    Teaching them to observe all things that I have...
    John 14:15
    If you love Me, keep My commandments.
    John 14:21
    "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it ...
    Acts 10:42
    And He commanded us to preach to the people, an...
    1 John 3:23
    And this is His commandment: that we should bel...
    1 John 3:24
    Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him...
  19. Cross References
    Genesis 18:17
    And the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing.
  20. Cross References
    John 6:70
    Jesus answered them, "Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?
    John 13:18
    "I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, 'He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.'
    John 15:19
    If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
    1 John 4:10
    In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
  21. Cross References
    Matthew 28:19
    Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
    Mark 16:15
    And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
    Colossians 1:6
    Which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth.
  22. Cross References
    John 14:13
    And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
    John 16:23
    And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.
    John 16:24
    Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
  23. Cross References
    John 7:7
    The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.
    1 John 3:13
    Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you.
  24. Cross References
    1 John 4:5
    They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.
  25. Cross References
    John 17:14
    I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
  26. Cross References
    Matthew 10:24
    A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.
    John 13:16
    Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.
  27. Cross References
    Ezekiel 3:7
    But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted.
  28. Cross References
    Matthew 10:22
    And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
    Matthew 24:9
    Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake.
    1 Peter 4:14
    If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
    Revelation 2:3
    And you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary.
  29. Cross References
    John 9:41
    Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, 'We see.' Therefore your sin remains.
    John 15:24
    If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father.
  30. Cross References
    Romans 1:20
    For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.
    James 4:17
    Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
  31. Cross References
    1 John 2:23
    Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
  32. Cross References
    John 3:2
    This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.
  33. Cross References
    John 14:9
    Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'?
  34. Cross References
    Psalms 35:19
    Let them not rejoice over me who are wrongfully my enemies; Nor let them wink with the eye who hate me without a cause.
    Psalms 69:4
    Those who hate me without a cause Are more than the hairs of my head; They are mighty who would destroy me, Being my enemies wrongfully; Though I have stolen nothing, I still must restore it.
    Psalms 109:3 - 5
    They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without a cause.
  35. Cross References
    Luke 24:49
    "Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high."
    John 14:17
    The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
    Acts 2:4
    And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
    Acts 2:33
    Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
  36. Cross References
    1 John 5:6
    This is He who came by water and blood - Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
  37. Cross References
    Luke 24:48
    And you are witnesses of these things.
    1 Peter 5:1
    The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed:
    2 Peter 1:16
    For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
  38. Cross References
    Matthew 3:14
    And John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?
    Luke 1:2
    Just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us.
    1 John 1:1
    That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life -
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