The Gospel of John Chapter 15 is the second of four chapters where Jesus teaches his disciples after the Last Supper. Jesus speaks of the relationships of believers to himself, to each other, and to the world. Jesus also promises to send a helper, the Holy Spirit.
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The Gospel of John Chapter 15 (King James Version)
1 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.
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1. Jesus states in the Gospel of John Chapter 15, verse 1 that he is the true vine. Elsewhere in the Book of John he was also referred to as the true ________. Fill in the blank and cite the verse(s).
2. Read Galatians Chapter 5, verses 22 and 23. What are the fruits of the spirit?
3. What is similar about the nine fruits of the spirit; how are they all the same or related? What is the greatest of these fruits and why?
1. What do you think Jesus meant when he said the Father prunes branches that bear fruit so that they will bear even more fruit?
2. List the commands of Jesus to his disciples in the following verses the Gospel of John Chapter 15:
3. What are the results of following these commands of Jesus as cited in the following verses from the Gospel of John Chapter 15?
1. Why did Jesus tell his disciples to remain in his love?
2. How can we lay down our lives for our friends?
3. Who do you think Jesus is referring to when he uses the word “world” and “they” when he is speaking to the disciples in verses 18 through 25 of the Gospel of John Chapter 15?
1. What do we learn about the world and those in it from the following verses from the Gospel of John Chapter 15?
2. For what 2 reasons provided in the Gospel of John Chapter 15 that the world has no excuse for their sin?
3. Jesus commands us to love one another. How do we sometimes let things of this world prevent us from loving one another?
1. What passage of scripture is referred to in the Gospel of John Chapter 15, verse 25?
2. What 5 things do we learn about the Holy Spirit from the Gospel of John Chapter 15, verse 26?
3. To whom do you think the Holy Spirit was to testify as provided in verse 26 of the Gospel of John Chapter 15?
According to the Inter varsity Press Bible Background Commentary on the New Testament, there were different levels of friendship in antiquity and Greco-Roman writers often commented on the topic. Friendship could involve political or military alliances and was often pursued in self-interest; but dying for others was considered heroic in Greco-Roman stories, and friendship to the death was considered a high moral value.
It seems that the ancient readers would easily understand this concept when Jesus states in the Gospel of John, verse 13: “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
What is the difference between what was done in laying one’s life down for his friends in that ancient culture or today’s culture and what Jesus did for his friends?