John 14:25- 15:8

  1. The disciples were distressed at the thought of Jesus going away and leaving them alone in a hostile world; cf. 16:6. What promises does Jesus give in verses 25-29 to answer their fears?
    Why does his going to the Father bring greater benefit than if he had remained as he was?
    What also does verse 31 teach about Christ’s reason for facing the cross?
  2. What does the parable of the vine teach about:
    (a) the purpose for which the branches exist,
    (b) the vinedresser’s dealing with the branches, and
    (c) the dependence of the branches on the vine?
    With verses 3 and 7 compare 14:15, 21, 23; see also 8:31, 32.
    What kind of fruit do you bear?
    Cf. Gal. 5:22, 23.

 Notes

  1. 14:28. ‘The Father is greater than I’: cf. 10:29, 30. He is not greater in being more divine, but with regard to the earthly submission to him by Jesus. (See NBC, p. 1056)
  2. 14:30. ‘The prince of this world’: cf. 12:31; 16:11; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; 1 John 5:19. The RSV ‘has no power over me’ gives the true sense of these words.
    There is nothing in Jesus over which the devil can claim possession, and therefore domination.