John 151 I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine dresser. 2 Every barren branch in me, he lops off; every fruitful branch he cleans by pruning, to render it more fruitful. 3 As for you, you are already clean, through the instructions I have given you. 4 Abide in me, and I will abide in you; as the branch can not bear fruit of itself, unless it abide in the vine, no more can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in me, and in whom I abide, produces much fruit; for, severed from me, you can do nothing. 6 If any man abide not in me, he is cast forth like withered branches, which are gathered for fuel, and burnt. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you may ask what you will, and it shall be granted you. 8 In this is my Father glorified, that you produce much fruit; so shall you be my disciples. 9 As the Father loves me, so do I love you: continue in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you shall continue in my love; as I have kept my Father's commandments, and continue in his love. 11 I give you these admonitions, that I may continue to have joy in you, and that your joy may be complete. 12 This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I love you. 13 No man has greater love than this, to lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you. 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his master will do: but I name you friends; for whatever I have learned from my Father, I impart to you. 16 It is not you who have chosen me; but it is I who have chosen you, and ordained you to go and bear fruit: fruit which will prove permanent, that the Father may give you whatsoever you shall ask him in my name. 17 This I command you, that you love one another. 18 If the world hate you, consider that it 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, I having selected you from the world, the world hates you. 20 Remember what I said to you, The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have observed my word, they will also observe yours. 21 But all this treatment they will give you on my account, because they know not him who sent me. 22 If I had not come, and spoken to them, they had not had sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He that hates me, hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them such works as none other ever did, they had not had sin; but now they have seen them, and yet hated both me and my Father. 25 Thus they verify that passage in their law, "They hated me without cause." 26 But when the Advocate is come, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will testify concerning me. 27 And you also will testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.
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