Prayer for Jesus’ Disciples

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Friday, September 10, 2021

6-12 I spelled out your character in detail

To the men and women, you gave me.

They were yours in the first place;

Then you gave them to me,

And they have now done what you said.

They know now, beyond the shadow of a doubt,

That everything you gave me is firsthand from you,

For the message you gave me, I gave them;

And they took it and were convinced

That I came from you.

They believed that you sent me.

I pray for them.

I’m not praying for the God-rejecting world

But for those you gave me,

For they are yours by right.

Everything mine is yours, and yours mine,

And my life is on display in them.

For I’m no longer going to be visible in the world;

They’ll continue in the world

While I return to you.

Holy Father, guard them as they pursue this life

That you conferred as a gift through me,

So they can be one heart and mind

As we are one heart and mind.

As long as I was with them, I guarded them

In the pursuit of the life you gave through me;

I even posted a lookout.

And not one of them got away,

Except for the rebel bent on destruction

(the exception that proved the rule of Scripture).

-John 17:6-12 The Message

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

Verse 6: “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours, and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.

Verse 7: “Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You; truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believe that You sent Me.

Verse 8: for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me.

Verse 9: I asked on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours.

Verse 10: All things that are Mine and Yours and Yours are Mine; I have been glorified in them.

Verse 10 study: Question; I have been glorified in them.” What does this mean? Jesus’ disciples show his character and how he is presented to the world through them. God’s glory is the revelation of his character and presence. Does your life show and present Jesus? Are you letting Jesus’ good side out when you are sharing with others about Jesus? Do people want to know Jesus more because of your actions?

Verse 11: I am no longer in the world; and yet they are in the world, and I come to You, Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are.

Verse 11 study: Be united in love and harmony as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are united. This is what Jesus asked of his disciples. This is the most potent form of all unions. We will study more of this on Sunday. If you wish to get a head start, it’s in chapter 17:21-23.

Verse 12: While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition so that the Scripture would be fulfilled.

Verse 12 study: The son perdition is Judas. He was lost because he betrayed Jesus (Psalm 41:9). Perdition in Christian theology is a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unpenitent person passes after death.

Father, Jesus’ prayer for his disciples, is what they needed to be successful. As we continue into the prayer tomorrow, let us learn from Jesus’ prayer to be better and faithful. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Prayer for Himself

Thursday, September 9, 2021

17 1-5 Jesus said these things. Then, raising his eyes in prayer, he said:

Father, it’s time.

Display the bright splendor of your Son

So the Son, in turn, may show your bright brilliance.

You put him in charge of everything human.

So he might give real and eternal life to all in his care.

And this is the real and eternal life:

That they know you,

The one and only true God,

And Jesus Christ, whom you sent.

I glorified you on earth

By completing down to the last detail

What you assigned me to do.

And now, Father, glorify me with your very own splendor,

The very phenomenon I had in your presence

Before, there was a world.

-John 17:1-5 The Message

Jesus Prays for Himself

Verse 1: Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You,

Verse 2: even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life.

Verse 1 study: In this entire chapter, we will read Jesus’ prayer. He prayed for himself, his disciples, and future followers (us)! As we read his prayer, it may be similar to how and what we pray for. Satan taking over those under God’s authority and how those that are at war against each other. Two forces Satan’s vs. Jesus’ being at each other with hatred. So Jesus prayed for his disciples, including us, future followers. He prayed that we are safe from Satan’s power, to set us apart, making us pure and holy, uniting through his truth.

Verse 3: This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Verse 3 study: Can we pay close attention to this verse? This verse clearly states that eternal life is through God; Jesus Christ was sent by God. It requires personal attention, a relationship with God in Jesus Christ. This is as clear as it can get. But, let’s understand, it has nothing to do with the domination of churches. You don’t have to be a Church of Christ to have eternal life, nor a Wesleyan, Apostolic, Methodist, Baptist, or any of these. All you need is to believe, know God. Reread it, verse 3: “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Don’t let anyone else convince you differently. Make sure we admit our sins and then turn away from them because Christ’s love lives in us by the Holy Spirit.

Verse 4: I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which you have given Me to do.

Verse 5: Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory I had with You before the world was.

Verse 5 study: Jesus came to earth before, Jesus was the one with God, Jesus asked his Father when his mission is about to complete to restore him to his original place of honor and authority. Jesus’ resurrection, as ascension and Stephen’s dying exclamation (Acts 7:56). It shows that Jesus did return to his exalted position at the right hand of God.

Father, there are times that disagreements turn into arguments. There is not a lot of love left after a conversation of understanding you. Let us be wise and allow the Holy Spirit to control our thoughts and actions. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Out of Sync, In Sync

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

-28 “I’ve used figures of speech in telling you these things. Soon I’ll drop the figures and tell you about the Father in plain language. Then you can make your requests directly to him in relation to this life I’ve revealed to you. I won’t continue making requests of the Father on your behalf. I won’t need to. Because you’ve gone out on a limb, committed yourselves to love and trust in me, believing I came directly from the Father, the Father loves you directly. First, I left the Father and arrived in the world; now I leave the world and travel to the Father.”

29-30 His disciples said, “Finally! You’re giving it to us straight, in plain talk—no more figures of speech. Now we know that you know everything—it all comes together in you. You won’t have to put up with our questions anymore. We’re convinced you came from God.”

31-33 Jesus answered them, “Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

-John 16:25-33 The Message

Verse 25: “These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will no longer talk to you in figurative language but will tell you plainly of the Father.

Verse 26: In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf;

Verse 27: for the Father, Himself loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father.

Verses 23-27 studies: Jesus talked about a new relationship with believers and God. During those times, people approached God through Priests. After the resurrection, any believer approached God directly. All believers are priests; they can talk to God personally (Hebrews 10:19-23). We come to God because of our honor and because our high priest Jesus made us acceptable to God.

Verse 28: I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again and going to the Father.”

Verse 29: His disciples said, “Lo, now You are speaking plainly and are not using a figure of speech.

Verse 30: Now we know that You know all things, and have no need for anyone to question You; by this, we believe that You came from God.”

Verse 30 study: The disciples believe Jesus because they knew he knew everything. This belief is the first step towards faith they received from the Holy Spirit by letting him live in them.

Verse 31: Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe?

Verse 32: behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.

Verse 32 study: The disciples went their different ways after Jesus’ arrest, although they promised never to leave Jesus (Mark 14:50).

Verse 33: These things I have spoken to you so that you may have peace in Me. In the world, you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

Verses 31-33 studies: The unbelieving world is out of sync with Christ. This is expected as Christians to see the world out of sync. But keep in mind our relationship with Christ to have peace and comfort because we are in sync with him.

Verse 33 study: Jesus shared themes that night from 14:27-29, 16:1-4, 16:9-11. Take courage; although you will face struggles, you won’t be alone. Jesus doesn’t abandon you or your struggles. Remember, Jesus is always victorious. Thus, we can claim the peace of Christ in our most troublesome times.

Father, you never give up on us. The disciples gave up on you, but yet you never gave up on us. Thank you for your grace, your love, and your compassion to be the shining star in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Pain and Happiness

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

16 “In a day or so you’re not going to see me, but then in another day or so you will see me.”

Joy Like a River Overflowing

17-18 That stirred up a hornet’s nest of questions among the disciples: “What’s he talking about: ‘In a day or so you’re not going to see me, but then in another day or so you will see me’? And, ‘Because I’m on my way to the Father’? What is this ‘day or so’? We don’t know what he’s talking about.”

19-20 Jesus knew they were dying to ask him what he meant, so he said, “Are you trying to figure out among yourselves what I meant when I said, ‘In a day or so you’re not going to see me, but then in another day or so you will see me? Then fix this firmly in your mind: You’re going to be in deep mourning while the godless world throws a party. You’ll be sad, unfortunate, but your sadness will develop into gladness.

21-23 “When a woman gives birth, she has a hard time; there’s no getting around it. But when the baby is born, there is joy in the delivery. This new life in the world wipes out the memory of the pain. The sadness you have right now is similar to that pain, but the coming joy is also identical. When I see you again, you’ll be full of fun, and it will be a joy no one can rob from you. You’ll no longer be so full of questions.

23-24 “This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you. Ask in my name, according to my will, and he’ll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing its banks!

-John 16:16-24 The Message

Jesus Teaches about Using His Name in Prayer

Verse 16: “A little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me.”

Verses 1-16 studies: These verses remind us that when Jesus had his last moments with his disciples, Jesus did the following:

  1. Warned them about further persecution
  2. Told them were, when, and why he was going
  3. Assured them they will not be left alone.

The Spirit would come as Jesus knew what the future would hold. That’s why he wanted the disciples to see that they will not be alone. That’s the purpose of the Holy Spirit, to comfort, teach you the truth and help you.

Verse 16 study: This verse is Jesus letting them know about his death, which is only a few hours away, and his resurrection is three days away.

Verse 17: Some of His disciples then said to one another, “What is this thing He is telling us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’; and, ‘because I go to the Father’?”

Verse 18: So they were saying, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while? We do not know what He is talking about.

Verse 19: Jesus knew that they wished to question Him, and He said to them, “Are you deliberating together about this, that I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me, and again a little while, and you will see Me?

Verse 20: “Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy.

Verse 21: Whenever a woman is in labor, she has pain because her hour has come; when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world.

Verse 22: There you too have grief now, but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.

Verse 23: On that day, you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you.

Verse 24: Until now, you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made complete.

Verse 20 study: It’s interesting to know the world rejoiced as the disciples wept. The good news is the disciples got to see him three days later. The world has different values from God. This made Christians feel different from the world. When life gets difficult, we can rejoice. Stay focused on the future and God’s promises.

Father, this world comes with pain and joy. Thank you for allowing us to experience pain for happiness. It is a lesson in our lives to make us stronger and wiser. Thank you for your love and grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Formula of the Holy Spirit

Monday, September 6, 2021

8-11 “When he comes, he’ll expose the error of the godless world’s view of sin, righteousness, and judgment: He’ll show them that their refusal to believe in me is their primary sin; that righteousness comes from above, where I am with the Father, out of their sight and control; that judgment takes place as the ruler of this godless world is brought to trial and convicted.

12-15 “I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t handle them now. But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to himself, but he will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all I have done and said. He will honor me; he will take from me and deliver it to you. Everything the Father has is also mine. That is why I’ve said, ‘He takes from me and delivers to you.’

-John 16:8-15 The Message

Verse 8: “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.

Verse 9: concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me.

Verse 9 study: Jesus seems like he is saying it is a sin to not believe in Me. He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment concerning sin because they do not believe in Me.

Verse 10: and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me;

Verse 11: and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

Verse 10-11 studies: Christ’s death on the cross is the reason why we can have a personal relationship with God. When we confess our sins, God declares us righteous and delivers us from judgment from our sins.

Verses 8-11 studies: Here are the three essential tasks of the Holy Spirit.

  1. Convicting the world of its sins, calling to repentance.
  2. Revealing God’s standard of righteousness to anyone who believes. Christ is no longer physically present on earth.
  3. Showing Christ’s judgment over Satan.

Verse 12: I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

Verse 13: But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.

Verse 14: He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and disclose it to you.

Verse 15: All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.”

Verse 13 study: The Holy Spirit guides us to the truth about Christ. The Spirit helps with patience teaching us right from wrong. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will tell them what is to come, the opposition they will face, and the outcome of their efforts. They didn’t understand the promises. It wasn’t until the Holy Spirit came after Jesus’ death and his resurrection. It revealed the truth to the disciples that were written down in books that are now the New Testament.

Father, thank you for the Holy Spirit. Without the Spirit, we will be lost. I pray we can continue to let the Spirit in to guide our every step. I pray that we will continue to believe in you and not give a second thought to your ministry. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Dig Deeper

Sunday, September 5, 2021

16 1-4 “I’ve told you these things to prepare you for rough times ahead. They are going to throw you out of the meeting places. There will even come a time when anyone who kills you will think he’s doing God a favor. They will do these things because they never really understood the Father. I’ve told you these things so that when the time comes, and they start in on you, you’ll be well-warned and ready for them.

The Friend Will Come

4-7 “I didn’t tell you this earlier because I was with you every day. But now I am on my way to the One who sent me. Not one of you has asked, ‘Where are you going?’ Instead, the longer I’ve talked, the sadder you’ve become. So let me repeat this truth: It’s better for you that I leave. If I don’t leave, the Friend won’t come. But if I go, I’ll send him to you.

-John 16:1-7 The Message

Verse 1: “These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling.

Verse 2: They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think he is offering service to God.

Verse 2 study: Before Saul became Paul, he looked for people to persecute as Christians. He was convinced he was doing the right thing (Acts 9:1-2, 26:9-11).

Verse 3: These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me.

Verse 4:  But these things I have spoken to you, so that when their hour comes, you may remember that I told you of them. These things I did not say to you at the beginning because I was with you.

Jesus Teaches about the Holy Spirit

Verse 5: But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’

Verse 5 study: The disciples never wondered about Jesus’ death. They asked about his death but never dug deeper to wonder about his death. They were only concerned about themselves. Did they ever think of what would become of them if Jesus went away?

Verse 6: But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.

Verse 7: But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.

Verse 7 study: Put this verse into reality. What if Jesus didn’t have a reason to come? No gospel. If he didn’t die, no sins were removed, and he can’t rise against death to defeat it. If he didn’t go back to the Father, no Holy Spirit. Christ’s presence was limited one place at a time. His leaving meant he could be present to the whole world through the Holy Spirit.

Father, thank you for today and every day. I pray today for your goodness and mercy. Thank you for allowing us to live freely to share the gospel. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Hate = Persecution

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Hated by the World

18-19 “If you find the godless world is hating you, remember it got its start hating me. If you lived on the world’s terms, the world would love you as one of its own. But since I picked you to live on God’s terms and no longer on the world’s terms, the world is going to hate you.

20 “When that happens, remember this: Servants don’t get better treatment than their masters. If they beat on me, they will certainly beat on you. If they did what I told them, they would do what you tell them.

21-25 “They are going to do all these things to you because of the way they treated me because they don’t know the One who sent me. If I hadn’t come and told them all this in plain language, it wouldn’t be so bad. As it is, they have no excuse. Hate me, hate my Father—it’s all the same. If I hadn’t done what I have done among them, works no one has ever done, they wouldn’t be to blame. But they saw the God-signs and hated anyway, both my Father and me. Interesting—they have verified the truth of their own Scriptures where it is written, ‘They hated me for no good reason.’

26-27 “When the Friend I plan to send you from the Father comes—the Spirit of Truth issuing from the Father—he will confirm everything about me. You, too, from your side must give your confirming evidence, since you are in this with me from the start.”

-John 15:18-27 The Message

Verse 18: “If the world hates you, you know that it had hated Me before it hated you.

Verse 19: If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.

Verse 20: Remember the word I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they would also persecute you; if they kept My word, they would keep yours also.

Verse 21: But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake because they do not know the One who sent Me.

Verse 22: If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sinned, but now they have no excuse for their sin.

Verse 23: He who hates Me hates My Father also.

Verse 24: If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated My Father and Me as well.

Verse 25: But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, ‘THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.’

Verse 26: When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,

Verse 27: And you will also testify because you have been with Me from the beginning.

Verse 26 study: Jesus will always give hope. Even when it doesn’t look that way. The Holy Spirit is there to provide strength and to endure unreasonable hatred and evil in the world. The Holy Spirit helps with hostility as well as this helps people facing persecution. Jesus used two names. In previous blogs, I shared it, and it is worth sharing again, or at least mentioning it if I haven’t. Helper and the Spirit of Truth. Helper conveys helping, encouraging, and strengthening. Spirit of Truth points to teaching, illuminating, and reminding the work of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit ministers to the head and the heart.

Father, thank you for the Helper and the Holy Spirit. It is teachings like these that are the reason why we can understand you better. Bless everyone reading this blog as you continue to educate all of us through the keyboard of my typing. It is you that is teaching, and I won’t take credit for it. I thank you for giving me a platform to share the word. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Fruit and Multiply

Friday, September 3, 2021

9-10 “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.

11-15 “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.

16 “You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. Therefore, as fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father concerning me, he gives you.

17 “But remember the root command: Love one another.

-John 15:9-17 The Message.

Verse 9: Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.

Verse 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.

Verse 11: These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made whole.

Verse 11 study: When things go good, we are happy, content with how things are going. But when hardship hits, things are different. What we should learn from this verse is that joy comes from a consistent relationship with Christ. When we walk with him, he will help us and not let us get down in sorrow because of hardship.

Verse 12: This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.

Verse 13: greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

Verses 12-13 studies: I always say to people that listening is the heart of everything. That simply means that loving someone can come from listening because you show genuine care for that person. We love as Jesus loves others. We do have other ways of loving, such as helping, encouraging, and giving. Take time to see who needs this kind of care. Then, show love in any way possible.

Verse 14: You are My friends if you do what I command you.

Verse 15: No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.

Verse 15 study: Think about this for a minute. Jesus is our Lord and Master, and most masters are called under them slaves. But Jesus calls us friends. How comforting is that? How encouraging is it for Jesus to see us as friends? We should give him our obedience and attention because we love him.

Verse 16: You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give you.

Verse 16 study: Jesus chose the first choice to love us and then die for us. Now, we make the second choice. Accept or reject him. We wouldn’t have options if it wasn’t for Jesus’ first choice.

Verse 17: This I command you, that you love one another.

Verse 17 study: As believers, we will get plenty of hatred around the world. We should still love each other and support one another. What problems do you let get in the way of loving other believers? For me, those who don’t share Jesus’ love for us, that’s my biggest problem getting in the way of loving other believers. I see believers wanting to change people and don’t do it properly. They tend to make Jesus look like a bad person when he got love for all of us. The solution is to switch the thought process. My answer and a complex answer is to still love those believers I disagree with. The bottom line is Jesus tells us to love them, and he will give us strength. I pray for strength to love others, Jesus. It is hard to love those that I disagree with because I see them doing something different other than showing love. They are quick to show people how Jesus can punish people for sins when we need to show love and attention to his grace when we do constantly mess up. Help me love them and follow you regardless of my feelings. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Father, thank you for choices, love, and the fruit of our labor. Thank you for giving me the wisdom to head in the right direction. Somebody needed to hear this today (me), and I pray it will be helpful as our world needs it. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

The Lesson of the Vines

Thursday, September 2, 2021

15 1-3 “I am the Real Vine, and my Father is the Farmer. So he cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back, so it will take even more. So you are already pruned back by the message I have spoken.

4 “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by joining the Vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are bound with me.

5-8 “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me, and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes when you mature as my disciples.

-John 15:1-8 The Message

Verse 1: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.

Verse 2: Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.

Verse 3: You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

Verse 1 study: Grapevine is a prolific plant. One vine bears many grapes. According to the Old Testament, grapes are recognized as Israel’s fruitfulness in doing God’s work on Earth (Psalm 80:8, Isaiah 5:1-7, Ezekiel 19:10-14). The Passover meal, the fruit of the vine, symbolized God’s goodness to his people. Christ is the vine, and he cares for the vines. The branches are followers of Christ. The fruitful branches are real followers that help produce fruit with Christ. Those who are unproductive, meaning turning their back on Christ after committing, will separate from the vine. Unproductive followers are as good as dead and will be cut off and tossed aside.

Verse 2-3 studies: Let’s look at how we can grow versus people that won’t grow. Jesus makes two distinctions of pruning. One, separating, and two, cutting back branches. Now, the one with fruit can be cut back to fill in more fruit. For more fruit to grow, God has to discipline us to build us up in faith. The branches that don’t produce any fruit are cut from the trunk. Why is that? It’s useless, and it infects the rest of the tree. People that don’t help grow for God or try to back the efforts of those trying will get cut off from his life-giving power.

Verse 4: Abide in Me, and I in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.

Verse 5: I am the vine, you are the branches, he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

Verse 6: If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

Verse 5 study: Fruit is not limited to soul-winning. Prayer, joy, and love are mentioned as fruits of the labor (15:7, chapters 11-12). Galatians 5:22-24 and 2 Peter 1:5-8 describe more fruit, a quality of Christian character.

Verses 5-6 studies: Abiding in Christ means:

  1. believing that he is God’s Son (1 John 4:15)
  2. receiving him as Savior and Lord (John 1:12)
  3. doing what God says (1 John 3:24)
  4. continuing to believe the gospel (1 John 2:24)
  5. relating in love to the community of believers as Christ’s body (John 15:12)

Verse 7: If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish; and it will be done for you.

Verse 8: My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and prove to be My disciples.

Verse 5-8 studies: Some people do try their best to live by what’s right. But Jesus said the best way to live a truly good life is to stick by him, like a branch attached to a vine. No other way you can have a truly good life.

Verse 8 study: God’s analogy for farming is meaningful. He gives it sunshine and rain for it to grow. That’s why it bears “much fruit.” He is always tending to the crops and is always prepared for them to blossom. It’s incredible to see God’s moment of glory to harvest what is brought to the barns ready for use. But, this is all God’s doing. When you bear fruit, you realize how the farming analogy means something in your relationship with him.

Father, thank you for today’s teaching about the vine. How the vine can grow by being pruned back to create more space for the fruit to grow. The useless ones are being cut by the trunks. I pray we are the fruit and not the trunk. Let us be humble, loving, and share God’s word with a positive attitude. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

The Holy Spirit’s The Helper

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

25-27 “I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.

28 “You’ve heard me tell you, ‘I’m going away, and I’m coming back.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I’m on my way to the Father because the Father is the goal and purpose of my life.

29-31 “I’ve told you this ahead of time before it happens so that when it does happen, the confirmation will deepen your belief in me. I’ll not be talking with you much more like this because the chief of this godless world is about to attack. But don’t worry—he has nothing on me, no claim on me. But so the world might know how thoroughly I love the Father, I am carrying out my Father’s instructions right down to the last detail.

“Get up. Let’s go. It’s time to leave here.”

-John 14:25-31 The Message.

Verse 25: “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you.

Verse 26: But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

Verse 26 study: Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit would help remember the teachings. I believe this passage of scripture. To get to the point of being satisfied, we still have to read and study the Bible. The disciples saw Jesus’ life teachings and the Holy Spirit helped with remembering without taking an individual point of view.

Verse 27: Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Therefore, do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Verse 27 study: The one thing the Holy Spirit will do is bring you deep, lasting peace. And that’s if you allow him in. This type of peace is reassuring yourself that the future is promising, no fearing. It is confidence. World peace a lot of times is conflicted. It’s hard to have peace with worldly peace. So pick which you believe is suitable for yourself.

Verse 28: You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is more significant than I.

Verse 29: Now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe.

Verse 28 study: Jesus submits as God the Son to God the Father. Jesus also submitted to the physical limitations of humanity (Philippians 2:6)

Verses 27-29 studies: Many things will keep you at war within yourself. Sin, fear, doubt, just to name a few. Yet, the peace of God moves through our hearts. God does that to remove the hostility of forces and replaces that hostility with ease and comfort. We have to accept it from Jesus for us to have it. See Philippians 4:6-7 to learn more about God’s Peace.

Verse 30: I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me;

Verse 31: but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here.

Verses 30-31 studies: Satan has power other than people listening to him because God allows him to act. Jesus didn’t let Satan overpower him (Matthew 4). But Satan tried too with his arrogance. If we continue to obey and align ourselves with God’s purpose, Satan won’t have power.

Verse 31 study: “let’s go from here” may have meant to start traveling to the Garden of Gethsemane (chapters 15-17). Another viewpoint is that Jesus asked the disciples to get ready to leave the room but didn’t do it until after chapter 18, verse 1.

Father, thank you for today’s lesson. I pray we can be disciplined. There are many things in temptation out in the world because people like it. I pray we can overcome that temptation with your word, truth, love, disciple, and example. In Jesus’ name. Amen!