João 15

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.

2 He removes every branch in me that does not produce fruit, and he cleanses every branch that does produce fruit so that it might produce more fruit.

3 You are already clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.

4 “Abide in me, and I will abide in you. Just as the branch cannot produce fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.

5 I am the vine, you are the branches. The one who abides in me while I abide in himproduces much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

6 Unless a person abides in me, he is thrown away like a branch and dries up. People gather such branchesand throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

7 If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you can ask for anything you want, and it will be yours.

8 This is how my Father is glorified, when you produce a lot of fruit and prove to be my disciples.

9 Just as the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. So abide in my love.

10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.

11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

12 “This is my commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you.

13 No one showsgreater love than when he lays down his life for his friends.

14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.

15 I do not call you servants anymore, because a servant does not know what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.

16 “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you. I have appointed you to go and produce fruit that will last,so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you.

17 I am giving you these commandments so that you may love one another.”

18 “If the world hates you, you should realize that it hated me before you.

19 If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. But because you do not belong to the world and I have chosen you out of it,the world hates you.

20 Remember the word that I spoke to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.

21 They will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.

22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have any sin. But now they have no excuse for their sin.

23 The person who hates me also hates my Father.

24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not have any sin. But now they have seen and hated both me and my Father.

25 But this happened so thatthe word written in their law might be fulfilled: ‘They hated me for no reason.’

26 “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf.

27 You will testify also, because you have been with me from the beginning.