Chapter 15 of the Book of John Essay

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Chapter 15 of the Book of John This chapter takes place in the upper room in Jerusalem. This was during the Passover feast, though some scholars say otherwise. Jesus was speaking only to the disciples. The first part of the chapter is devoted to the analogy of the vineyard and it's branches. The second part is talks about the future relationship with the "world". This is an important chapter, which deals with not only relationship with Jesus and the Father, but also with the outside community.1. "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. egw eimi h ampeloV h alhqinh kai o pathr mou o gewrgoV estiThe scene must be kept in mind. The Lord and his disciples had just eaten the last supper. He had said, "Arise, let us go…show more content…
The imagery of the vine underscores the importance of fruitfulness in the Christian life and the truth that this results not from human achievement, but from one's position in Christ. Jesus is not just giving some comforting advice, but portraying to the disciples the difficult path of faithful service. To some degree the figure is similar to the Head-Body metaphor used by Paul, with Christ as Head and believers as members of the Body. Both metaphors bring out the vital and necessary connection that exists between Christ and believers. (Harris)This is the seventh and final "I Am" statement in which Jesus makes in the book of John.The term "true" means, pure or genuine, which would assume that there are false or counterfeit vines. (Bryant) The false vine could have meant Israel. (They had not been pruned.)2. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. pan klhma en emoi mh feron karpon airei auto kai pan to karpon feron kaqairei auto ina pleiona karpon ferhThe verb klhma can mean "lift up" as well as "take away," and it is sometimes argued that here it is a reference to the gardener "lifting up" a weak branch so that it bears fruit again. (Harris)A gardener will prune his garden to keep it looking the best he can. He may slave for hours at a time just snipping here or there. So God does
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