John 15 Outline
– Jesus is the vine and his followers represents the branches (John 15:1-17)
– The people of the world hates Christ’s disciples (John 15:18-25)
– The Holy Spirit is the advocate sent by God (John 15:26-27)
John 15 Bible Study
In John 15:1-17, Jesus parallel himself as a vine and the Father God as the gardener. The Father God cut off every branch that is not bearing any fruit but he prunes every branch that bears fruits so that it will be more fruitful. Every Christian must bear fruits and contribute in the kingdom of God. God will continue to cleanse us with the word of God. In order to bear fruit, you must abide in Christ and do his commandments. When you focus on God’s word and carry out his commandments, you are abiding in him and walking on the path of righteousness. The cast out branch represents believers who are lack of fruits, believers who claim to be Christians but did not follow God in accordance with the commandments in the Bible correctly and believers who are fruitless. There are 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit including love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23 KJV). To receive the gift of eternal life, you must not just believe in Jesus but also carry your cross to follow him. After you have accepted Jesus as your personal Lord, you must stop sinning. If you sin after you accept Jesus, you are still a sinner (James 2:10). The blood of Jesus will only cleanse our sins if we sincerely confess our sins and repent. Jesus commanded us to love one another as we love ourselves. Everyone knows how to love their ownselves. We should also love others like how we love our ownselves. Loving others as ourselves sums up all the laws of God in the Bible. It is the second greatest commandment in the Bible (Matthew 22:39).
In John 15:18-25, Jesus said that the people of the world will hate the truth. Christians should always preach the gospel without any compromising. Christian should be patient in enduring the persecution of the enemies so that they will receive their rewards in heaven in the end.
In John 15:26-27, the Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth. He is sent by God to help us in everything. The Holy Spirit put words in our mouth so that we can testify to others about Jesus Christ (Luke 21:15).