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John 15

 

 1 I (1) Am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

 

(1) We are of nature dry and fit for nothing but the fire; Therefore that we may live and be fruitful, we must first be grafted into Christ, as it were into a vine by the Father's hand; and then be daily shred with a continual meditation of the word and the cross; otherwise it shall not avail any man at all to have been grafted, unless he cleave fast unto the vine, and so draw juice out of it.  

 

 2  (*) Every branch that beareth not fruit in me, he taketh away; and every one that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

 

(*) Matthew 15:13 .

 

 3  (*) Now are ye clean through the word, which I have spoken unto you.

 

(*) John 13:10 .

 

 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.

 

(*) We can bring forth no fruit, except we be engrafted in Christ.

 

 5 I am that vine, ye are the branches; he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit, for without me can ye do nothing.

 

 6  (*) If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and withereth; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they burn.

 

(*) Colossians 2:23 .

 

 7  (*) (2) If ye abide in me, and my (♣) words abide in you, ask (♠) what ye will, and it shall be done to you.

 

(*) 1 John 3:22 .

(2) He abideth in Christ, which resteth in his doctrine, and therefore bringeth forth good fruit; And the Father will deny such a one nothing.

(♣) We must be rooted in Jesus Christ by faith, which cometh of the word of God.

(♠) So that ye follow Godís word, which ye comprehended by faith.

 

 8  (a) Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit, and be made my disciples.

 

(a) As who would say, Herein shall my Father be glorified, and herein also shall you be my disciples, if you bring forth much fruit.

 

 9  (3) As the father hath loved me, so have I loved you; (b) continue in (*) my love.

 

(3) The love of the Father towards the Son, and of the Son towards us, and ours towards God and our neighbor, are joined together with an inseparable knot; and there is nothing more sweet and pleasant than it is. Now this love sheweth itself by its effects, a most perfect example whereof, Christ himself exhibited unto us.
(b) That is, in that love, wherewith I love you, which love is on both parts.

(*) Wherewith I love you.

 

 10 If ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love, as I have kept my Fatherís 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.

 

(*) Perfect and entire.

 

 12  (*) This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.

 

(*) John 13:34; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 John 3:11; 1 John 4:21 .

 

 13 Greater love than this hath no man, when any man bestoweth his life for his friends.

 

 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

 

 15  (4) Henceforth call I you not servants, for the servant knoweth not what his master doeth; but I have called you friends, for (*) all things that I have heard of my Father, have I made known to you.

 

(4) The doctrine of the Gospel (as it is uttered by Christ's own mouth) is a most perfect and absolute declaration of the counsel of God, which pertaineth to our salvation, and is committed unto the Apostles.

(*) So that there is nothing omitted that is necessary for us and concerning our salvation.

 

 16  (5) Ye (c) have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, (*) that ye go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit remain, that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my Name, he may give it you.

 

(5) Christ is the author and preserver of the ministry of the Gospel, even to the worldís end, but the ministers have above all thing need of prayer and brotherly love.
(c) This place teacheth us plainly, that our salvation cometh from the only favor and gracious goodness of the everlasting God towards us, and of nothing that we do or can deserve.

(*) Matthew 18:19 .

 

 17 These things command I you, that ye love one another.

 

 18  (6) If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before you.

 

(6) It ought not only not to fear, but rather confirm the faithful ministers of Christ, when they shall be hated of the world as their Master was.

 

 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 master. (♣) If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you also; if they have (♠) kept my word, they will also keep (♦) yours.

 

(*) John 13:16; Matthew 10:24 .

(♣) Matthew 24:9 .

(♠) The word also signifieth, to be diligent to espy faults to trip one in.

(♦) Which is the selfsame word, but called theirís because they preach it.

 

 21  (7) But (*) all these things will they do unto you for my Nameís sake, because they have not known him that sent me.

 

(7) The hatred that the world beareth against Christ, proceedeth of the blockishness of the mind, which notwithstanding is voluntarily blind, so that the world can pretend no excuse to cover their fault.

(*) John 16:4 .

 

 22  (d) If I had not come and spoken unto them, they (*) should not have had sin, but now have they no (♣) cloak for their sin.

 

(d) As who would say, If I had not come, these men would not have stuck to have said still before God's judgment seat, that they are religious, and void of sin; but seeing I came to them, and they clean refuse me, they can have no cloak for their wickedness.

(*) But should have seemed to be innocent, if I had not discovered their malice.

(♣) In that they refused Christ it taketh from them all excuse wherewith they would have justified themselves as if they had been very holy and without all sin.

 

 23 He that hateth me, hateth my Father also.

 

 24 If I had not done works among them which none other man did, they had not had sin; but now have they both seen, and have hated both me, and my Father.

 

 25 But it is that the word might be fulfilled, that is written in their (e) (♣) Law, (*) They hated me without a cause.

 

(e) Some time by this word, Law, are meant the five books of Moses, but in this place, the whole Scripture; for the place alleged is in the Psalms.

(♣) That is, in the holy Scriptures.

(*) Psalm 35:19 .

 

 26  (8) But when that Comforter shall come, (*) whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth of the Father, he shall testify of me.

 

(8) Against the rage of the wicked, we shall stand surely by the inward testimony of the holy Ghost; But the holy Ghost speaketh no otherwise, than he spake by the mouth of the Apostles.

(*) John 14:26; Luke 24:49 .

 

 27 And ye shall witness also, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

 

 

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