Branches that do not bear fruit He takes away, and branches that do bear … but all within the limits of their apostolate. Multitudes of persons are afraid not to say their prayers. Faithfulness is the crown of friendship. what keeping out of her prejudices! in their salvation pardon, sanctification, and final blessedness? — poor, scrawny, mean! He demonstrates His power so that the disciples will grow in faith and trust. "All things are yours, life, death," etc. "For he that is called in the Lord, being a slave, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's slave." It is clear that in the first instance it is Christians, as such, who are spoken to and spoken of. THOSE WHOM JESUS CALLS FRIENDS HE REALLY TREATS AS FRIENDS. LOOK AT THE DOCTRINE TO WHICH THE TEXT POINTS. If He treats you in the way we have indicated, shall it not move you to the utmost zeal to please and glorify Him? Many true and loving friends he must have had besides them - men like that Lazarus whom Jesus once described as "our friend." 3. "He is thy Lord, and worship thou Him." The growing comes afterward. Introduction. Am I being successful or just spinning my wheels? Look at the Book. John 15:15. In the nature of Christ's communications to us. 1. RUSSELL B. SMITH. We must enter into their feelings of reverence, while cherishing the warmest personal love towards Him. Though He came down from heaven to make us His friends He is still the Son of Man which is in heaven. It is as if the person for whom a great house is being built should call together all who are to be concerned in the erection, and show to them the plan and explain the purpose. "The servant," He says, "knoweth not what his Lord doeth...but all things that I do I have made known unto you." Servants have a divided interest from their masters. 2. Imagine if it could talk. Thus Christ treats His disciples; He does not tell them how much to do, or how to do it. When He spoke to them of the vast designs He came to accomplish, they were like men that dreamed. 3. III. Branches that do not bear fruit, and branches that do bear fruit. Every point in her is susceptible of development; and at every step, coming up, and ministered to little by little, at last there comes a day when the benefactor says: "Hitherto I have called you my ward; I have been your benefactor; now I love you, and I take you for my own." This is seen very striking in the constitution of His Church. So Jesus loves us. John 1:18 NIV84. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will remain--so that whatever you ask the Father in … Very beautiful is the friendship between a master and a disciple, when the disciple looks reverently up to the teacher for instruction, and the master looks lovingly down and beholds himself growing anew in his young friend. The appeal to honour they would respond to, though to all other appeals they would be deaf. His delights are with them." This is the right way, the way most in accordance with human nature. Why should we not therefore tell Him our perplexities, trials, gladness? Friendship would make common cause with the master, and identify both interests in one. By Dr. Keith Wagner While hiking in the Smokey Mountains one fall we came upon a huge vine. It is mutual between our Lord and His people. The one is LEGAL, the other is LOVING. 1. What people need is a friend that will love them…and show them what real love is all about! That is the way of service according to a worldly spirit. (1) "I know My sheep, and am known of Mine." Congeniality. Conclusion: What is our relationship to Christ — that of servitude or friendship? Now, the first rejoicing that the soul has comes when it just begins the Christian life. So wherever there is friendship between the soul and Christ, a conformity to Christ has been wrought in that soul. For friendship has words which mere acquaintanceship cannot use. Our interest in the Saviour's work is when made perfect that of friendship. (1) Before the "henceforth" the disciples' thought of His work was that of servants who know not what their Lord doeth. Our text speaks of the Holy Spirit as a Person. And even when they did hear, much was appreciated in a very imperfect way. His language is not "Go and do this for Me," so much as "Come and let us do it together.". This friendship does not set aside the relation of Master and servant existing between our Lord and His people (ver 14). "He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.". I. To constitute friendship there must be reciprocity. Now it is clear that all along throughout Scripture, its language points to a state of hallowed seclusiveness, in which the soul sees more and feels more, knows more and has more, in highest communion with Christ (1 John 1:3; John 14:22, 28; 1 Corinthians 2:16; 1 John 5:10). 3. ", 3. 1. But, to his, which the Father has revealed as the doctrines of salvation. Sin in you is not mere transgression; it is ingratitude, it is sacrilege, it is treachery. Here servitude is the sign of friendship. This Week ... (John 15: 15). 2. (B) We were connected to the true vine the moment we received Christ as savior, (…clean because of the word…) Believers are responsible for bearing fruit. She does, because spontaneous love urges it upon her. The title of the icon is The Holy Trinity and it was painted to illustrate the doctrine we celebrate today. - Y. I. He whom no slight occasion of offence can alienate, whom no infirmities can revolt, whom no outward circumstances can wean, who loves me in poverty as in wealth, in reproach as in renown, in sickness as in health, in death as in life; He is a friend indeed. All true comfort comes from that personal relation to the Lord Jesus upon which such stress is laid in these discourses recorded by St. John, and which is exhibited as the inspiration not only of … Then it has the flush of early love and joy. Christ has given us information as to what He intends to do, and "the wise shall understand"; He has given us notices of His general purposes respecting the world and the Church: not a minute prophetic history, but a grand idea of the destiny of systems and of men. We have simply ripened so that we have begun to be susceptible; and Christ says: "Henceforth I call you My love," and we respond, "I am my Lord's; He is mine.". There are few such, however, to be found. And where does God so exercise His love, so call into action and display His perfections, as in His people? The subject, the friend of the prince, repays the prince in counsel, and in sympathy, more than he receives in honour. 1. Intro: The last verse in chapter 14 tells us that Jesus and the Disciples are about to leave the upper room. In the extent to which Christ blesses us. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. The principle that animates true Christian service is that of the truest love. Sermon: The Secret to Making a Difference During a Pandemic John 15:1-17 During this season, months in a pandemic, increasing unemployment, rampant sickness and death, and on top of that, trying to do virtual ministry, it is hard to gage my success. What is more sure and steadfast than the heavens in their daily march, or in their midnight pomp (Jeremiah 33:20, 21)? John 3:32; 8:26,40; 12:49; 15:15); they were to pass this on to others (cf. This is the true way to treat men — trust them. Jesus had just washed the feet of his disciples, led them through a final meal, instituted the Lord's Supper, and now walked with them to the Garden of Gethsemane, where he will soon pray, and later be arrested. The Servant and the Friend Compared and Contrasted, The Cross the Means of Perpetuating Christian Love, Christ's Friends, Doers of All His Commands, The Friendship Between Christ and the Believer, The servant and the friend compared and contrasted. It is a further proof of friendship, that the faithful friend will rebuke as well as commend, It is a rare quality, even in Christian friendship; in the friendship of the world, it is hardly known. Ones that are fruitful and fruitless, (Fruit: Christian character that brings glory to God through life and witness as it’s in Ephesians 5:9). This friendship is in truth a friendship between us and God. And so all his life long he has a certain sort of respectable morality; but the whole way through it is carnal and mean, and it is to get the property, not because he loves politeness, not because he loves her at all — he loves her Will. A friend is not bound by a clear and particular direction in respect of everything; trust is reposed in him, he has to exercise his own skill and feel his own responsibility. Human friends are mutually serviceable; but in this heavenly relation we have nothing that we did not receive. Library • Free Downloads • eBibles ◄ John 15:16 ► You did not choose Me, but I chose you. (John 15:17) These things I command you, that ye love one another. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not understand what his master is doing. Duty is not less noble because it is inferior to love, but it is inferior to love. John 15:15. Apparently, Jesus speaks the words which make up chapters 15 and 16 in route to the garden. "I will guide thee with Mine eye," says God to His people: that look of God will speak volumes to a friendly heart, and supply its own best motive to obedience. I. It indicates no great love for moral quality, no worship of good because it is good, no spontaneity, but a dark shadow of dread for neglect or violation. Sermons.com provides sermon illustrations, sermons, powerpoint and worship resources, and children's sermons & bulletins. Their intimacy with Him was progressive. But the reality of friendship is further evidenced by the sympathy that it is manifest, in the hour of trial and affliction. This is seen —. But if a man with a great heart, and blessed with large inheritance, looks out on society, and pities the orphans, and builds a home for them, that springs out of his own heart. It is not by prayer. (2) In this they are examples to us. Jean 15:15 Interlinéaire • Jean 15:15 Multilingue • Juan 15:15 Espagnol • Jean 15:15 Français • Johannes 15:15 Allemand • Jean 15:15 Chinois • John 15:15 Anglais • Bible Apps • Bible Hub Version Louis Segond 1910 La Bible David Martin 1744 Darby Bible courtesy of CCEL.org. LOOK AT THE EXPRESSIONS EMPLOYED AND THE GENERAL SENTIMENT WHICH THEY EMBODY. 1. Learn the things he said so well that they will come back to you when something in your life seems to call for them. The idea of ample and efficient service underlies the parable at the beginning of the chapter. John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, John Lightfoot's Commentary on the Gospels, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Frédéric Louis Godet - Commentary on Selected Books, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. Note that those who are called friends do not therefore feel at liberty to speak of themselves as such. But the service of the friend is free, he would not but do what he does, and his desires to render service transcend his abilities. As inferiors, as creatures, we can be friends of Jesus only "if we keep His commandments.". The REALITY of the friendship of Christ. Christ spoke in the light of the perpetuity of our relationship. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. New Testament Sermons Old Testament Sermons Sermon Series Audio Sermons Sermon Links Disclaimer. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Childern’s Sermons Hymn Lists. But the friend is using. 5. How important is the teaching of John's 15th chapter? The work has begun. Why should we not pass our life in free and familiar intercourse with Him? And even the heart of the Redeemer owns the Divine light of sympathy with His believing friends. If this is Christ's friendship —. Browse Sermons on John 15:15. (C) Fruitful branches are pruned that they will be more fruitful. The counterpart of this truth. In November they begin to have sugar in themselves, and they exhale fragrance. Jesus' teaching on the vine and the branches isn't like most of the parables in the Synoptic Gospels, which are usually stories with one or more spiritual points. It is an undertone that should run through life. He shares His counsels with us, not as being His servants only, but as being His friends. The lower province begins, with conscientious morality; that is, so much of rectitude recognized and mildly sought as is embodied in public law and in public sentiment. On the eve of His departure, Christ said to men who had been living in this lower relation, doing right things, avoiding evil things — doing this from various motives, more or less in bondage, more or less exhorted by duty: "Henceforth I call you not servants; I CALL YOU FRIENDS. The one is DISTANT, the other is NEAR. The master keeps his eye upon the slave; he knows that he is not the character to be trusted, here is a mere eye servant. "Without Me ye can do nothing." We’re on a mission to change that. ‘He that hath friends must show himself friendly’, All things that I have heard of my Father, I have made known unto you, Henceforth I call you not servants, but friends, All things that I have heard of the Father, I have made known unto you, obeys without question the command he understands not. 4. Pruning im… But when the Son of God is revealed in us, then, "Whether we live we live unto the Lord," etc. "(2) In every Christian there is the same "henceforth." "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us. Daily devotional with John Piper. For the gospel idea of saints is that they are not merely to do His commandments, but to engage in His work, and He attaches the greatest importance to their service. John 15:5. In the manner in which Christ employs us. It is really friendship, consisting, not of kindly feelings only, such as we bear towards our ordinary acquaintance, but of a cordial heart-warm love, like that which we have felt towards a few select individals only. IV. II. ÑÐ²Ð°Ñ Ð²Ð°Ñ ÑÐ°Ð±Ð°Ð¼Ð¸. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. ", 2. 2. Many organizations plateaued or lost momentum this year, budgets are tight. (2) And there is a knowledge too of Him on their side: "Whom having not seen ye love." 4. It was 6-8 inches in diameter. This is near the end of Jesus’ life. And love ever finds new words and new meanings. Believers as God’s branches are vitally connected to Christ. In June the orchard blossoms; but nobody wants to eat blossoms. Spiritual privileges, however high, never alter our obligations. He does not feel himself to be under the law at all, and although he does more real hard work in the service of his friend than that of the slave in the employ of his master, love is his inspiration, and love is his law. The Holy Spirit opens the sinner's eyes to behold Christ, discovers to Him the glory of His character and the amiableness of it, and enables him to see and feel how worthy Christ is in Himself of His love. 2. The Lord guards our sentiments of love and delight in His service by the solemn intimation that His disciples are under probation for the blessedness of His present and final friendship (ver. They are headed to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus will pray His great High Priestly prayer and will later be arrested by the mob led by Judas. 28:20). It is not his duty; it is his desire and wish. Jesus wanted these very men for special service. He has compassion and kindness for all. The ripening of men is not a mechanical system, by which we have been awakened, and convicted of sin, and have changed our will and purpose. (with 1 Peter 2:17; Hebrews 13:1) I. And if it is so with children, it is still more so with men. There is a religion which is a service without love, which regards the Lord as only an austere man. We know words lovelessly pronounced, how cold! We must be ruled either by force or by reason; we must be watched or trusted. He never ceases to be God. He works out His gracious will on earth by the instrumentality of redeemed men; He puts His Spirit into men, and draws out their powers in grateful, cheerful labour. 4. "All that My Father hath given Me have I made known to you." 13). No claims of absolute originality are made for this material. 3. "He chose us." ", 3. It is the clearest evidence of friendship, that it will make the greatest sacrifices for a friend. Winds, and vapours, and storms fulfilling His word. I. If a man's religion is very largely compounded of the element of fear he may save his soul; but is it worth saving? He rejoices over them, as a father rejoices over a recovered child, or as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride. In all the work these disciples had hitherto been doing, they were thinking of themselves rather than of Jesus and others. On earth, indeed, real friendship always receives; it is impossible but there must be some benefit on either side. The master keeps his servant at a distance, he stands on his authority, gives out his orders, and insists on their discharge. July 21, 2019; Rev. The second is to learn the things Jesus did. He has entered into frank and friendly communication with us, opened His counsels, explained His objects and His methods, told us His desires and designs, and has thus given us an interest not only in what we do, but in what He does. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) John 15:9-17 . He is more deeply interested in us than we are in ourselves: He wishes our welfare as we have never wished it. II. The love of an earthly friend, however sincere, is often impotent; but there is a Friend sticking closer than a brother," who knows no perplexity of ours which He cannot resolve — no conflict which He cannot comprehend and sustain under — no tempestuous surges to which He cannot speak the word — "Peace be still" — no extremity of poverty, or desolation, or bereavement, to which He cannot say, "Weep not," and the tear shall be staunched. To mutual knowledge. What hallowed rest is here! Now the Lord Jesus contributes to the happiness of His people. The designation “slave” is no longer (οὐκέτι) appropriate, cf. Most people are familiar with Jesus’ teaching that He is the way, the truth and the life. In like manner God spake of Abraham, His "friend:" "Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do? 14). But what friendship gives proof of faithfulness, in comparison with that of Christ? No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known. John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not understand what his master is doing. They never put us out of our proper places, nor remove the exalted Jesus from His. Questions and answers with John Piper. John 15:17. Chapter 17 is Jesus’ prayer for his disciples, and chapter 18 starts with his arrest and betrayal. 1. And the soul could have without this a little of what we call gratitude, but gratitude is not friendship. We have seen that fellowship with God requires that there is no room for hatred in our heart toward our brother: "He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He has made a great sacrifice for His people (ver. But these few were wanted for special service; not that a few were enough, but Jesus began with a few that there might be all the more afterward. 15:15 Jesus informs the disciples of (1) truths about God and (2) future events. And so now His people pass from one degree of fellowship to another; become less and less slaves, and more and more friends, and the honours and privileges of friendship increase with its spirit. 1. He serves Jesus best who serves the neediest of men in their greatest need, and this can only be done when the heart is purged of self-seeking in all its forms. 1. THERE IS, THEN, A DISCIPLESHIP THAT IS SERVITUDE, HAVING IN IT A GOOD MANY EXCELLENT QUALITIES but as soon as possible to be left behind. Remember how he committed himself completely to the purpose of God. In my last message, we learned of the promise of the presence of the Holy Spirit, so … And where is friendship so real as Christ's? These 17 verses aren't long, b… His object is not only to secure the effects of their service; but as a Father, though needing not His children's labour, makes a work to please and honour them. It is the fulfilment of a duty that has been laid upon them. It involves a prayerful study of the Word of God, II. The exercise of the Divine love, and with it the exercise and enjoyment of the other Divine perfections. The man who loves me for some selfish end is not my friend — he is his own. 3. “Friends” who may expect all the good offices of their Friend, not “slaves,” is the character in which alone you can carry on my work: οὐκέτι ὑμᾶς λέγω δούλους … ὑμῖν. Yet our desire is still to be successful ministry and fulfill God’s call on our lives. Redemption, at first glance, elevates us from being a slave of unrighteousness and Satan to being a slave of righteousness and Jesus Christ.Yet, here Christ elevates our calling to an almost unimaginable height—intimate friendship with Him and the Father. Then comes, next higher in order, the sense of duty — conscience. 3. Nothing is more important than our being frank and faithful with Him. "He shall testify;" "and ye also" (see also John 16:7, 8, 13, 14, 15).In the first of these places He is spoken of as a Person acting with other persons, of whose personality there can be no doubt, viz., the apostles. The elements are the servants of God. 2. Though in His union with our humanity, He is one with our race. A service of fear never works the higher moral qualities. Thus it is with Christ's disciples. II. So God speaks to His people with an accent. CONSOLATION FOR CHRISTIANS UNDER THE WORLD'S HATRED. V. The one is COERCED, the other is FREE. 3. Higher than this is a more active recognition of what may technically be called religious life: that is, the recognition of an invisible God, of a moral order, and of a providence which unfolds the thought and the will of God among men. Previous | Index | Next >> "THE FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN" Love Not The World! I said to a young mother once, congratulating her on her newborn child. Doubts vanish from the full assurance of love. The branches are the servants of the vine-trunk. What constitutes the Divine happiness? He had the parabolical and the real (Luke 10:23; Luke 9:10; Matthew 13:16). "He that hath friends must show himself friendly"; and if Christ confides in us, we must confide in Him. John 15:13-16. All the love of the Father dwells in Him and embraces us as soon as Christ's love embraces us, and soon too we discover this and joyfully embrace the Father in our love. "He that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit." The world is learning this. In the thrall of poverty and neglect some beneficent heart, meeting with a maiden, sees in her some moral quality that indicates a higher place in life; and it turns out at last that she came of good parents, that they were swept away, that the child went through various hands down to the bottom of society, but that being caught up by this philanthropic missionary, she had responded quickly to moral appeals. When John, king of France, lost the battle of Poictiers, though he had been beaten by a force one eighth only of his own, though he himself was taken prisioner, he was overpowered by the courtesy and chivalrous kindness of the Black Prince, his foe, "the tears burst from his eyes, and mingled with the marks of blood upon his cheeks." 1. The servant works by rule, and the master treats him accordingly; the slave lives and works in the letter of the contract. Jesus puts His Spirit into us, and He unites us to Himself. 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