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Jesus the True Vine

151 "I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. 2 He cuts off every branch of me that doesn't bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. 3 You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken. 4 "Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can't bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can't bear fruit unless you are joined with me. 5 "I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can't produce a thing. 6 Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. 7 But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. 8 This is how my Father shows who he is - when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.

9 "I've loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you'll remain intimately at home in my love. That's what I've done - kept my Father's commands and made myself at home in his love. 11 "I've told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. 12 This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. 13 This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. 14 You are my friends when you do the things I command you. 15 I'm no longer calling you servants because servants don't understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I've named you friends because I've let you in on everything I've heard from the Father. 16 "You didn't choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won't spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you. 17 "But remember the root command: Love one another.

The World's Hatred

18 "If you find the godless world is hating you, remember it got its start hating me. 19 If you lived on the world's terms, the world would love you as one of its own. But since I picked you to live on God's terms and no longer on the world's terms, the world is going to hate you. 20 "When that happens, remember this: Servants don't get better treatment than their masters. If they beat on me, they will certainly beat on you. If they did what I told them, they will do what you tell them. 21 "They are going to do all these things to you because of the way they treated me, because they don't know the One who sent me. 22 If I hadn't come and told them all this in plain language, it wouldn't be so bad. As it is, they have no excuse. 23 Hate me, hate my Father - it's all the same. 24 If I hadn't done what I have done among them, works no one has ever done, they wouldn't be to blame. But they saw the God-signs and hated anyway, both me and my Father. 25 Interesting - they have verified the truth of their own Scriptures where it is written, 'They hated me for no good reason.'

26 "When the Friend I plan to send you from the Father comes - the Spirit of Truth issuing from the Father - he will confirm everything about me. 27 You, too, from your side must give your confirming evidence, since you are in this with me from the start.

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John 15

The Message

The Vine and the Branches

15 1-3 “I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken.

“Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.

5-8 “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.

9-10 “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.

11-15 “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.

16 “You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.

17 “But remember the root command: Love one another.

Hated by the World

18-19 “If you find the godless world is hating you, remember it got its start hating me. If you lived on the world’s terms, the world would love you as one of its own. But since I picked you to live on God’s terms and no longer on the world’s terms, the world is going to hate you.

20 “When that happens, remember this: Servants don’t get better treatment than their masters. If they beat on me, they will certainly beat on you. If they did what I told them, they will do what you tell them.

21-25 “They are going to do all these things to you because of the way they treated me, because they don’t know the One who sent me. If I hadn’t come and told them all this in plain language, it wouldn’t be so bad. As it is, they have no excuse. Hate me, hate my Father—it’s all the same. If I hadn’t done what I have done among them, works no one has ever done, they wouldn’t be to blame. But they saw the God-signs and hated anyway, both me and my Father. Interesting—they have verified the truth of their own Scriptures where it is written, ‘They hated me for no good reason.’

26-27 “When the Friend I plan to send you from the Father comes—the Spirit of Truth issuing from the Father—he will confirm everything about me. You, too, from your side must give your confirming evidence, since you are in this with me from the start.”

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Jesus, the True Vine

1“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener.2He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.3You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you.4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

5“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.6Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.7But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!8When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

9“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.10When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.11I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!12This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.13There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.14You are my friends if you do what I command.15I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.16You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.17This is my command: Love each other.

The World’s Hatred

18“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.19The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.20Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you.21They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me.22They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them. But now they have no excuse for their sin.23Anyone who hates me also hates my Father.24If I hadn’t done such miraculous signs among them that no one else could do, they would not be guilty. But as it is, they have seen everything I did, yet they still hate me and my Father.25This fulfills what is written in their Scripturesa: ‘They hated me without cause.’

26“But I will send you the Advocateb—the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me.27And you must also testify about me because you have been with me from the beginning of my ministry.


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I Am the True Vine (John 15:1–6)

John 15 - Jesus Loves

In the heart of His final teachings to His disciples, Jesus took time to remind His disciples who He was, how to bear fruit, how to love, how to abide in Him, and how other people in this world aren’t going to like them for it. Jesus didn’t sugar coat the message, but yet He delivered a message of hope that as we align our hearts to Jesus, we align our heart to God, and we gain everything because of it. 

Let’s dive in this week as we discover the key point of this chapter, which is captured in John 15:5, “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,” (NIV).

DAY 1 - READ AND REFLECT

READ John 15 all the way through. Now read John 15 again — preferably in a different Bible translation to get a clearer perspective of what the passage is saying. Get in the habit of asking good questions and taking notes!

What observations or questions come to mind?

What repetitive words or phrases do you notice?

What words stand out that are worth looking at in different Bible translation?

TIP: A study Bible is going to come in handy with this chapter. Take note of different cross-references and study notes as you read.

DAY 2 - THE TRUE VINE (JOHN 15:1-10)

Don’t you just love the word pictures Jesus used to explain ideas. We start in John 15:1-11 with Jesus stating He is the true vine, His Father the Gardner and His disciples the branches. But why did He choose this as the analogy here? In order to understand it, we need to know a little HISTORY. Read Isaiah 5:7 and Psalms 80:8-16 to see how Israel was referred to in the Old Testament. What was going on with Israel in these verses? How were they falling short? How does that make Jesus’ claim to be the “true vine” that much more significant?

There are two types of branches referred to in John 15:1-8: one that bears fruit and one that is fruitless. How do we know the fruit bearers from the fruitless? ReadMatthew 7:15-23 to see how Jesus spoke about it throughout His ministry. What do you notice about how Jesus identifies someone that is fruitless? What do they often claim about themselves? 

What about the fruit bearers? How do they bear fruit? As we READ, Jesus explained it to His disciples using three different ways––all anchored around one word. Reviewing John 15:1-10, fill in the blanks below:

We are to __________ in Jesus (vs. 4)

We are to __________ in Jesus’ words (vs. 5)

We are to __________ in Jesus’ love (vs. 9-10)

The Greek word here means to abide or remain. You’ll notice that different Bible translations use either, but the idea is the same — as we stay deeply connected to Jesus, through His words and His love, we bear fruit. This isn’t about what WE can do, but WHAT Jesus does for us!

DIGGING DEEPER(optional): It is out of our abiding in Christ that we can’t help but bear fruit. What fruit do we bear as we abide in Christ? To understand what Jesus means by “fruit,” we learn it best from the apostle Paul, who clearly articulated it in Galatians 5:22-23. But let’s read the CONTEXT surrounding this passage. Read Galatians 5:22-26 (if you want a deeper study read Galatians 5:13-26). How does this passage complement and clarify what Jesus said in John 15 about abiding in Christ (or belonging to Christ)?

DAY 3 - ASK AND IT WILL BE DONE (JOHN 15:7-17)

When you see “Ask whatever you want and it will be done for you” (John 15:7b, NIV), what do you think this verse means at first glance? Back out a little farther to get more CONTEXT, and read the full verse of John 15:7. What could look like Jesus telling us that God is our personal genie, is not even close to true! Jesus said something similar in verse 16, but added that as we produce more fruit, God will give us what we ask. Note: as we abide in Christ, and bear more fruit — what are the things we would ask of God? We’ll ask for things that are aligned to the heart of God! Read 1 John 5:14-15 as our AUTHOR John explains it more deeply (and see Luke 22:42 to see Jesus applying this in Himself!). According to who’s will should we be asking for anything? How might this change the way you pray in the future?

In John 15:13, Jesus nodded to His impending sacrificial death by saying “Greater love has no one that this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” (NIV). He then went on to say the disciples were His chosen friends (vs. 14-16). Why is this significant? As we uncover the HISTORY of the Old Testament, we realize there were only two people referred to as friends of God. Read Isaiah 41:8 and Exodus 33:11. Who were the two people in the Old Testament referred to as a friend of God? 

Now as we read today’s passage we realize that Jesus is offering the same privilege of being a friend to those that believe and are obedient in Him. What command do we need to obey in order to be friends of Jesus? Read John 15:12 & 17 to see how Jesus bookends His lesson to ensure we don’t miss the answer. 

DAY 4 - HATRED OF THE WORLD (JOHN 15:18-27)

Starting in John 15:18, Jesus reminded His disciples that they may not get a choice of how people will react to their message of the gospel. People will respond to the disciples' message based on their opinion of Christ. If they hated Christ, they would hate the disciples, which may lead to persecution. Jesus then went on and said, “Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master’” (vs. 20, ESV). Stop. Jesus had said this before. Can you find where?Using the reference notes in a study Bible, find the Bible verse that captures Jesus saying this to His disciples previously and READ the verse (and verses around it for CONTEXT).

Hint: If you don’t have a study Bible, the FREE YouVersion Bible app has the passage notes in the NIV and CSB translations.  

Based on John 15:22-24, Jesus claimed that people had no excuse for not knowing their sin,  now that He had come. He gave them the proof they needed through His word and works! Jesus showed that the people had no excuse for their sin and when they hated Jesus, they hated God the Father too. Yet they thought that they were serving God, by hating Jesus! We can see this articulated by Jesus previously in John 10:25-30, which gives us more CONTEXT. Why would Jesus equate hating Him to hating the Father?

At the end of John 15, Jesus mentioned that the hate people had toward Him had fulfilled the law (vs. 25)! What is He referring to? There are two passages in the Old Testament that Jesus was talking about. Again, using a study Bible (or the NIV or CSB Bible translations in the YouVersion app), can you find and READ the two references that Jesus was citing in John 15:25?Hint: They are both in Psalms.



The early Christians really knew how to accept the reality of being hated, and yet still be encouraged even when facing hardship. Read 1 Peter 4:12-13 to see how Paul and Peter spoke about it. How do these verses help encourage you as you APPLY this passage to your life today?

Written by: Heather Erickson

Sours: https://www.thecharaproject.com/blog/bible-study-john-15-jesus-loves

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John 15:1-8
The Message

The Vine and the Branches

15 1-3 “I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken.

“Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.

5-8 “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.

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Slaves and Friends of Jesus, Part 1 (John 15:12–17)

Jesus the Real Vine

1“I am the real vine, and my Father is the gardener.2He breaks off every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and he prunes every branch that does bear fruit, so that it will be clean and bear more fruit.3You have been made clean already by the teaching I have given you.4Remain united to me, and I will remain united to you. A branch cannot bear fruit by itself; it can do so only if it remains in the vine. In the same way you cannot bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5“I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.6Whoever does not remain in me is thrown out like a branch and dries up; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, where they are burnt.7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, then you will ask for anything you wish, and you shall have it.8My Father's glory is shown by your bearing much fruit; and in this way you become my disciples. 9I love you just as the Father loves me; remain in my love.10If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.

11“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.1215.12: Jn 13.34; 15.17; 1 Jn 3.23; 2 Jn 5My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you.13The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them.14And you are my friends if you do what I command you.15I do not call you servants any longer, because servants do not know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.16You did not choose me; I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures. And so the Father will give you whatever you ask of him in my name.17This, then, is what I command you: love one another.

The World's Hatred

18“If the world hates you, just remember that it has hated me first.19If you belonged to the world, then the world would love you as its own. But I chose you from this world, and you do not belong to it; that is why the world hates you.2015.20: Mt 10.24; Lk 6.40; Jn 13.16Remember what I told you: ‘Slaves are not greater than their master.’ If people persecuted me, they will persecute you too; if they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours too.21But they will do all this to you because you are mine; for they do not know the one who sent me.22They would not have been guilty of sin if I had not come and spoken to them; as it is, they no longer have any excuse for their sin.23Whoever hates me hates my Father also.24They would not have been guilty of sin if I had not done among them the things that no one else ever did; as it is, they have seen what I did, and they hate both me and my Father.2515.25: Ps 35.19; 69.4This, however, was bound to happen so that what is written in their Law may come true: ‘They hated me for no reason at all.’

26“The Helper will come — the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God and who comes from the Father. I will send him to you from the Father, and he will speak about me.27And you, too, will speak about me, because you have been with me from the very beginning.

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