The consolation and mutual love between Christ and his members, under the parable of the vine.
John 15:1 I am the true vyne, and my father is the husbandman. John 15:2 Euery braunche that beareth not frute in me, he will take awaye. And euery braunche that beareth frute, will he pourge, that it maye bring forth more frute. John 15:3 Nowe are ye cleane thorow the wordes which I haue spoken vnto you. John 15:4 Byde in me, and I in you. As the braunche cannot beare frute of it selfe, excepte it byde in the vyne: nomore can ye, except ye abyde in me. John 15:5 I am þe vyne, ye are the braunches. He that abydeth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth moche frute. For without me can ye do nothing. John 15:6 If a man byde not in me, he is cast forth as a braunche, & is wythered: and men gather them: and cast them into the fyre, and they burne. John 15:7 If ye byde in me, and my wordes abyde in you: aske what ye wyll, and it shalbe done for you. John 15:8 Herin is my father glorifyed: that ye beare moch frute, and become my disciples. John 15:9 As the father hath loued me, euen so haue I also loued you. Continue ye in my loue. John 15:10 If ye kepe my commaundementes, ye shall byde in my loue, euen as I haue kepte my fathers commaundementes, & byde in hys loue. John 15:11 These thynges haue I spoken vnto you, þt my ioye myghte remayne vnto you, and that youre ioye myght be full. John 15:12 Thys is my commaundement, that ye loue together, as I haue loued you. John 15:13 Greater loue hath no man, then thys: that a man bestowe hys lyfe for his frendes. John 15:14 Ye are my frendes, yf ye do whatsoeuer I commaunde you. John 15:15 Hence forth call I you not seruauntes: for the seruaunt knoweth not what hys lorde doeth. But you haue I called frendes: for all thynges that I haue heard of my father, haue I opened to you. John 15:16 Ye haue not chosen me, but I haue chosen you, and ordeyned you, to goo, and brynge forth frute, and þt your frute shuld remayne, that whatsoeuer ye aske of the father in my name, he maye geue it you. John 15:17 This commaunde I you, that ye loue together.
A comfort in the hatred and persecution of the world.
John 15:18 If the worlde hate you, ye knowe that it hated me before it hated you. John 15:19 If ye were of the worlde, the worlde wolde loue his awne. Howbeit, because ye are not of þe world. But I haue chosen you out of þe world therfore the world hateth you. John 15:20 Remember the worde that I sayd vnto you: the seruaunt is not greater then the lorde. If they haue persecuted me, they wyll also persecute you. If they haue kept my saying, they will kepe youres also. John 15:21 But all these thinges wyll they do vnto you for my names sake, because they haue not knowen hym that sent me. John 15:22 If I had not come and spoken vnto them, they shuld haue had no synne: but now haue they nothyng to cloke their synne withall. John 15:23 He that hateth me, hateth my father also: John 15:24 If I had not done amonge them the workes whych none other man dyd, they shuld haue had no synne. But now haue they both sene, & hated: not onely me but also my father. John 15:25 But thys happeneth that the sayinge myght be fulfylled, that is writen in their lawe: they hated me without a cause.
The office of the Holy Ghost, and of the Apostles.
John 15:26 But when the comforter is come, whom I will sende vnto you from þe father (euen the sprete of treuth, which proceadeth of the father) he shall testifye of me. John 15:27 And ye shall beare witnesse also, because ye haue bene with me from the beginning.