The Vine and the Branches
15Â â€œI am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2Â He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3Â You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Â Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5Â â€œI 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.6Â If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7Â If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8Â This is to my Fatherâ€™s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9Â â€œAs the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10Â If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Fatherâ€™s commands and remain in his love. 11Â I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12Â My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Â Greater love has no one than this: to lay down oneâ€™s life for oneâ€™s friends. 14Â You are my friends if you do what I command. 15Â I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his masterâ€™s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16Â You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruitâ€”fruit that will lastâ€”and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17Â This is my command: Love each other.
The World Hates the Disciples
18Â â€œIf the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19Â If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20Â Remember what I told you: â€˜A servant is not greater than his master.â€™ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21Â They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 22Â If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.23Â Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24Â If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25Â But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: â€˜They hated me without reason.â€™
The Work of the Holy Spirit
26Â â€œWhen the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Fatherâ€”the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Fatherâ€”he will testify about me. 27Â And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.