The Vine and the Branches
15[1-6] I am the true vine, and My God is the Farmer. Every branch in Me that doesn’t make fruit is cut away: and every branch that bears fruit is pruned, so that it can make more fruit. Now you’re already saved through the Word which I’ve spoken to you. So live in Me, and I will live in you. As the branch can’t make fruit by itself, without the vine; neither can you, unless you live in Me. I am the vine, you’re the branches: Whoever lives in Me, and I in them, makes much fruit; but you can’t do anything without Me. So if someone doesn’t live in Me, they’re cut off like a branch, and will wither; and they’re gathered together to be put into the fire, and burned.
Ask Anything in My Name
[7-12] If you live in Me and My Words live in you, you may ask whatever you want, and it’ll be done for you. In this, My God is made known, so that you’ll make much fruit; and you’ll be My followers. As God has loved Me, so I have loved you: live in My love. If you keep My Words, you’ll live in My love; Just as I’ve kept the Word of God, and live in God’s love. I’ve told you this, that My joy might live in you, and that you may have complete joy. This is My Word, that you love one another, as I’ve loved you.
[13-17] No one has greater love than when someone lays down their life for their friends. You’re My friends, if you do whatever I tell you. From now on I won’t call you workers because the worker doesn’t know what the owner does: but I’ve called you friends because everything that I’ve heard of My God I’ve made known to you. You haven’t chosen Me, but I’ve chosen you, and set you apart, so that you would go and make fruit, and that your fruit would live: so that whatever you ask of God in My Name, it will be given to you. I tell you this, so that you’ll love one another.
[18-27] And if the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own: but because you aren’t of the world, but I’ve chosen you out of the world, so the world hates you. Remember what I said to you, ‘The worker isn’t greater than the owner.’ If they’ve abused Me, they’ll also mistreat you; but if they’ve kept My Word, they’ll keep yours also. But they’ll do all this to you because of My Name, because they don’t know the One who sent Me. If I hadn’t come and spoken to them, they wouldn’t have sinned: but now there’s no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates Me hates My God also. If I hadn’t done among them the things which no one else has done, they wouldn’t have sinned: but now they’ve seen and hated both Me and My God. But this happened so that the Word would happen that is written in their Words, “They hated Me without a cause.” But the Comforter will come, whom I’ll send to you from God, even the Spirit of Truth, who comes from God, and who will tell others of Me: And you also are truthful witnesses, because you’ve been with Me from the beginning.
The Rejection of the Followers Foretold
16[1-6] I’ve told you this, so that you won’t be offended. They’ll put you out of the places of worship: yes, the time is coming, that whoever kills you will think that they’re helping God. And they’ll do this to you, because they don’t know God, or Me. But I’ve told you this, that when the time comes, you’ll remember that I told you about them. And I didn’t say this to you at the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going away to the One who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I’ve said this to you, your heart is sad.
The Spirit of Truth
[7-16] In the same way, the truth is, that it’s necessary for you that I go away because if I don’t go away, the Comforter won’t come to you; but if I leave, I’ll send the Comforter to you. And the Comforter is coming, who’ll convict the world of sin, and of My goodness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they don’t believe on Me; Of My goodness, because I go to My God, and you won’t see Me any more; And of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. I still have many things to say to you, but you can’t understand them all now. But when the Comforter is here, this Spirit of Truth will guide you into all truth, not speaking of its Own Self; but whatever the Comforter hears, that the Comforter will speak and will show you things to come. The Comforter will make Me known, taking of what’s Mine, and showing it to you. All things that God has are Mine: so I said that the Comforter will take of Mine, and will show it to you. In just a little while, you won’t see Me: and again, in just a little while, you’ll see Me, because I go to God.”
[17-27] Then some of the followers said among themselves, “What does the Christ mean by, ‘In just a little while, you won’t see Me: and again, in just a little while, you’ll see Me: because I go to God?’” So they said, “What does it mean, ‘In a little while?’ We don’t know what the Christ meant.” Now Yeshua knew that they wanted to ask, so the Christ said to them, “Are you asking among yourselves about what I said, ‘In a little while, you won’t see Me: and again, in a little while, you’ll see Me?’ The truth is that you’ll cry and mourn, but the world will celebrate: and you’ll be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. A woman who’s in labor suffers, because her time is here: but as soon as she’s given birth, she doesn’t remember the suffering any more, for the joy that she’s brought a child into the world. So now you’ll have sorrow: but I’ll see you again, and your heart will celebrate, and no one will take your joy from you. And in that day you won’t have to ask Me anything. The truth is whatever you ask God in My Name, God will give it to you. Up to now, You haven’t asked anything in My Name: ask, and you’ll get what you ask for, that you can have complete joy. I’ve told you this in strange sayings: but the time is coming, when I won’t speak to you any more in strange ways, but I’ll explain clearly about God. At that time you’ll ask in My Name: and I don’t say to you, that I’ll pray to God for you because God’s Own Self loves you, because you’ve loved Me, and have believed that I came from God. I came from God, and am come into the world: but again, I leave the world, and go to God.”
Overcoming the World
[29-33] Then the followers said, “See, now you’re speaking clearly, and aren’t speaking in strange sayings. Now we’re sure that you know everything, and that we don’t need to ask anything of you: by this, we believe that God is who You came from.” Then Yeshua answered, “Do you believe now? The time is coming, yes, and is now here, that you’ll be scattered, everyone on their own, and will leave Me alone: and still I am not alone, because God is with Me. I’ve said this to you, so that in Me you might have peace. You’ll always have troubles in the world: but be happy; because I’ve overcome the world.”
One God, One Family
17[1-8] These words Yeshua spoke, looking up to heaven, saying, “Yahweh God, it’s time now; Make your Child known, that your Child may also make You known: As you’ve given Me power over everyone, to give everlasting life to whoever You’ve given to Me. And this is everlasting life that they may know You, Yahweh, the only true God, and Me, Yeshua, the Christ, whom You’ve sent. I’ve made You known on the earth: I’ve finished the work which You gave Me to do. And now, God, make Me known along with Your Own Name with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I’ve made Your Name clear to all those which You gave Me out of the world. They were Yours, and You gave them to Me; and they’ve kept Your Word. Now they’ve known that everything that You’ve given Me is of You, because I’ve given to them the Words which You gave to Me; and they’ve accepted them, and have known surely that I came from You, and they’ve believed that You sent Me.
[9-13] I pray for them, though I don’t pray for the whole world, but only for those who You’ve given Me because they’re Yours. And all Mine are Yours and Yours are Mine; and I am made known in them. And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I come to You. Holy God, keep through Your Own Name those whom You’ve given Me, that they can be one, as We’re One. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your Name Yahweh: those that You gave Me I’ve kept, and none of them is lost, but the one who was eternally damned; so that everything in the Word would happen. And now I come to You; and this I speak in the world, so that they’ll have My complete joy in themselves.
[14-23] I’ve given them Your Word; and the world has hated them, because they aren’t of the world, just as I am not of the world. I don’t pray that you would take them out of the world, but that you would keep them from the evil in it. They aren’t of the world, just as I am not of the world, so set them apart through Your truth: Your Word is truth. As You’ve sent Me into the world, in the same way I’ve also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I set Myself apart, so that they also might be set apart through the truth. And I don’t pray for these alone, but for those who will also believe on Me through their word; so that they all can be one; as You, God, are in Me, and I in You, so that they also can be one in Us: and that the world may believe that You’ve sent Me. And the glory, which You gave Me, I’ve given to them; so that they can be one, just as We’re One: I in them, and You in Me, so that they can be completed in one family; and that the world can know that You’ve sent Me, and have loved them, as You’ve loved Me.
[24-26] God, I also want those whom You’ve given Me, to be with Me where I am; so that they can see My victory, which you’ve given Me because You loved Me before the beginning of the world. Good God, the world hasn’t known You: but I’ve known You, and these have known that You’ve sent Me. And I’ve told them Your Name, and will tell it: that the love in which You’ve loved Me can be in them, and I in them.”