Jesus the True Vine
15 1 " I am the true vine , and My Father is the vinedresser . 2 "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit , He takes away ; and every branch that bears fruit , He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit . 3 " You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 " Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot e bear fruit of itself unless e it abides in the vine , so neither can you unless e you abide in Me. 5 "I am the vine , you are the branches ; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit , for apart from Me you can do nothing e . 6 "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned . 7 "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever e you wish , and it will be done for you. 8 "My Father is glorified by this , that you bear much fruit , and so prove to be My disciples .
9 "Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love . 10 " 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 so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full . 12 "This is My commandment , that you love one another , just as I have loved you. 13 " Greater love has no one than this , that one lay down his life for his friends . 14 "You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15 "No longer do I call you slaves , for the slave does not know what his master is doing ; but I have called you friends , for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 " You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit , and that your fruit would remain , so that whatever e e you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. 17 "This I command you, that you love one another .
The World's Hatred
18 " If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 "If you were of the world , the world would love its own ; but because you are not of the world , but I chose you out of the world , because of this e the world hates you. 20 "Remember the word that I said to you, ' A slave is not greater than his master .' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word , they will keep yours also . 21 "But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake , because they do not know the One who sent Me. 22 " If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin , but now they have no excuse for their sin . 23 "He who hates Me hates My Father also . 24 " If I had not done among them the works which no one else did , they would not have sin ; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well . 25 "But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law , ' THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE .'
26 "When the Helper comes , whom I will send to you from the Father , that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father , He will testify about Me, 27 and you will testify also , because you have been with Me from the beginning .