Studies In The Book Of John

 

John 15:8-16

 

John 15:8-11 “(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.”

 

A. When we bear fruit God is glorified (Philippians 1:10-11 and I Peter 4:11).

1. We are expected to glorify God in the things that we say and do (Romans 15:5-6, I Corinthians 6:20, I Corinthians 10:31, and II Thessalonians 1:11-12).

2. To be a disciple of Christ, we have to bring forth good fruit (Luke 8:15 and John 8:31-32).

a. Our actions, and the results of those actions, show who we really are (Matthew 7:15-20, Luke 6:43-45, Titus 1:16, and I John 3:8-10).

b. True faith produces good works (Galatians 5:22-23, Colossians 1:10, and James 2:14-26).

B. Continuing in the love of our Lord (Jude 21).

1. We continue in His love through obedience (John 14:21-24).

2. We continue to have His joy in us through obedience (Psalms 40:8, Psalms 119:47, Proverbs 29:18, John 13:17, and Romans 7:22).

 

John 15:12-14 “(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.”

 

A. We’re expected to love one another as Christ has loved us (John 13:34-35).

1. You are obeying God when you love the brethren (Romans 12:10, Hebrews 13:1, I Peter 3:8, and I John 3:14-18).

2. The love of Christ toward us is also used as an example of how a husband is to love his wife (Ephesians 5:25).

B. Love is shown through action (II Corinthians 8:24).

1. A willingness to die for loved one’s is a statement of love (Romans 5:6-8 and Ephesians 5:2).

2. Obedience is also a way we can show our love for Christ (John 14:15, I John 2:3-6, and I John 5:2-3).

 

John 15:15-16 “(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.”

 

A. Jesus tries to show the disciples that they are more than just servants (Galatians 4:1-6).

1. Once obedient to the Gospel, we become God’s children (Matthew 12:46-50, John 20:17, II Corinthians 6:14-18, and I John 3:1).

a. That does not mean we are not servants (Romans 6:22, II Corinthians 4:5, and Galatians 5:13).

b. Moreover, we cannot let ourselves get trapped into thinking of ourselves in an arrogant manner (Luke 17:7-10).

2. One of the reasons that the disciples were more than servants is that Jesus declared all of the Father’s will to them (Matthew 13:10-17).

B. Jesus reminds the disciples that He chose them, not the other way around (Luke 6:13-18, John 6:70, and John 13:18).

1. Jesus appointed them work to do (Matthew 10:5-7 and Luke 24:47).

2. The work the disciples were to do brought forth fruit even to our generation (Ephesians 2:19-20).

3. Jesus had not chosen them to just let them alone either, but had given them an opportunity to ask God for what they needed (John 16:23-24).

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