The Vine and the Branches
1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes15:2 The Greek for he prunes also means he cleans. so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain 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.
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. 6If 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. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this: 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 servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17This is my command: Love each other.
The World Hates the Disciples
18“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19If 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. 20Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’15:20 John 13:16 If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 22If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24If 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. 25But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’15:25 Psalms 35:19; 69:4
The Work of the Holy Spirit
26“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.
Yesu Mzabibu Wa Kweli
115:1 Za 80:8-11“Mimi ndimi mzabibu wa kweli na Baba yangu ndiye mkulima. 215:2 Mt 3:10; Za 92:14; Mt 3:8; 7:20; Gal 5:22; Efe 5:9; Flp 1:11; Yn 16:6Kila tawi ndani yangu lisilozaa matunda, Baba yangu hulikata, nalo kila tawi lizaalo, hulisafisha ili lipate kuzaa matunda zaidi. 315:3 Yn 17:17; Efe 5:26Ninyi mmekwisha kuwa safi kwa sababu ya lile neno nililonena nanyi. 415:4 Yn 6:56; 2:6Kaeni ndani yangu, nami nikae ndani yenu. Kama vile tawi lisivyoweza kuzaa matunda lisipokaa ndani ya mzabibu, vivyo hivyo ninyi msipokaa ndani yangu hamwezi kuzaa matunda.
515:5 1Kor 12:12, 27; 2Kor 3:5“Mimi ni mzabibu, ninyi ni matawi. Akaaye ndani yangu, nami ndani yake, huyo huzaa sana, maana pasipo mimi ninyi hamwezi kufanya jambo lolote. 615:6 Mt 3:10; 13:40; Eze 15:4; Yn 15:2Mtu yeyote asipokaa ndani yangu, hutupwa nje kama tawi na kunyauka. Matawi kama hayo hukusanywa na kutupwa motoni, yakateketea. 715:7 Mk 11:24; Yn 6:56; Mt 7:7Ninyi mkikaa ndani yangu na maneno yangu yakikaa ndani yenu, ombeni lolote mtakalo, nanyi mtatendewa. 815:8 Mt 5:16; Yn 8:31Kwa hiyo Baba yangu hutukuzwa, kwa vile mzaavyo matunda mengi, nanyi mtakuwa wanafunzi wangu.
915:9 Yn 17:23, 24, 26“Kama vile Baba alivyonipenda mimi, hivyo ndivyo mimi nilivyowapenda ninyi. Basi kaeni katika pendo langu. 1015:10 Yn 14:15Mkizishika amri zangu mtakaa katika pendo langu, kama mimi nilivyozishika amri za Baba yangu na kukaa katika pendo lake. 1115:11 Yn 3:29Nimewaambia mambo haya ili furaha yangu iwe ndani yenu na furaha yenu iwe kamili. 1215:12 Yn 13:34; 1Yn 3:11; Mk 12:30Amri yangu ndiyo hii: Mpendane kama mimi nilivyowapenda ninyi. 1315:13 Mwa 44:33; Rum 5:7, 8Hakuna mtu mwenye upendo mkuu kuliko huu, mtu kuutoa uhai wake kwa ajili ya rafiki zake. 1415:14 Mit 18:24; Mt 12:50Ninyi ni rafiki zangu mkifanya ninayowaamuru. 1515:15 Yn 8:26Siwaiti ninyi watumishi tena, kwa sababu watumishi hawajui bwana wao analofanya, bali nimewaita ninyi rafiki, kwa maana nimewajulisha mambo yote niliyoyasikia kutoka kwa Baba yangu. 1615:16 Yn 6:70; 13:18Si ninyi mlionichagua, bali mimi ndiye niliyewachagua ninyi na kuwaweka mwende mkazae matunda, na matunda yenu yapate kudumu. Ili nalo lolote mtakalomwomba Baba katika Jina langu, awape ninyi. 1715:17 Yn 15:12Amri yangu ndiyo hii: Mpendane.
Ulimwengu Wawachukia Wanafunzi
1815:18 Isa 66:5“Kama ulimwengu ukiwachukia ninyi, kumbukeni kwamba ulinichukia mimi kabla yenu. 1915:19 Yn 15:16; 17:14Kama mngekuwa wa ulimwengu, ulimwengu ungeliwapenda kama vile unavyowapenda walio wake. Kwa sababu ninyi si wa ulimwengu, lakini mimi nimewachagua kutoka ulimwengu, hii ndiyo sababu ulimwengu unawachukia. 2015:20 Yn 13:16; 2Tim 3:12Kumbukeni lile neno nililowaambia, ‘Hakuna mtumishi aliye mkuu kuliko bwana wake.’ Kama wamenitesa mimi, nanyi pia watawatesa. Kama wamelishika neno langu, watalishika na neno lenu pia. 2115:21 Isa 66:5; Yn 16:3Watawatendea ninyi haya yote kwa ajili ya Jina langu, kwa sababu hawamjui yeye aliyenituma. 2215:22 Rum 1:20; 2:1Kama sikuja na kusema nao wasingalikuwa na hatia ya dhambi. Lakini sasa hawana udhuru kwa ajili ya dhambi zao. 2315:23 1Yn 2:23Yeyote anayenichukia mimi, anamchukia pia na Baba yangu. 2415:24 Yn 5:36Kama sikuwa nimefanya miujiza ambayo haijapata kufanywa na mtu mwingine yeyote, wasingalikuwa na hatia ya dhambi. Lakini sasa wameiona miujiza hii na bado wakatuchukia mimi na Baba yangu. 2515:25 Za 69:4; 109:3Lakini hii ni kutimiza lile neno lililoandikwa kwenye Sheria kwamba, ‘Walinichukia pasipo sababu.’
2615:26 Yn 14:15; 16:7; 14:17; 1Yn 4:4“Lakini atakapokuja huyo Msaidizi nitakayemtuma kwenu kutoka kwa Baba, yaani, huyo Roho wa kweli atokaye kwa Baba, yeye atanishuhudia mimi. 2715:27 Lk 24:48; 1:21; 1Yn 4:14Ninyi nanyi itawapasa kushuhudia kwa sababu mmekuwa pamoja nami tangu mwanzo.