10:16, 26 (“sheep of this fold” – partitive, not “out of”). 598.  John MacArthur, The Macarthur New Testament Commentary (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2007). The time between the ascension and consummation of Christ will be a time of great persecution for the church, as the Enemy resists and tries to neutralize the Church. Because of the impossibly high standard set before the disciples, they need the paraklētos to help. However, chapter 15 can be further divided into 3 or 4 subsections: vv.1-11, vv.12-17 and vv.18-27.  Burge. lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, âTeacher, which is 1 (2001).  Donald Heinz, “Brief Translation Note on John 15:19,” Concordia Theological Monthly 39, no. He elected us to bear fruit, hence we need not worry if we are good enough or not, and just remember that he chose us. 317. 182. Brown, Tricia Gates. (John 15:15) by both words and actions. 2 (2004).  This is further supported by 16:33 and 17:1; the former referring back to Jesus’ discussion of persecution and hatred (cf.  This reference to law means more broadly “Scripture,” for Jesus quotes Psalm 69:4, a Psalm considered Messianic. We must love, we must endure, and we must constantly be attentive to the helping hand of the Paraclete.  Beasley-Murray notes, “The verb ethēka, “set aside,” is used in v.13 of Jesus “setting aside” his life for others. We share the same unwelcome state in this world that Christ received; being his servants we are hated as he was hated. my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Also, Morris. There is no great distinction between these definitions, but each carry different connotations and implications; the former implying a forensic sense, the latter a relational sense. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2000. 587. Did Jesus walk His talk? lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, âTeacher, which is Jer.  The plural of v.10 (entolas) becomes singular in v.12 (entolē), hence Jesus’ commandments collapse into the one command of loving one another, of which Kostenberger notes, “Jesus’ entire ministry…is ultimately grounded in God’s love.” This commandment is different to that of ch.13, in that it invokes a new standard; the disciples are called to be willing to die for their friends. Nottingham: Inter-Varsity Press, 1993. "know" - i.e., understand - what He does through Morris argues that “helper” may be a good definition, but does not deal enough with the passive nature of the word, (p. 589). 18. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. The terms appears in Num 8:10 for the ordination of Levites,” and elsewhere in the New Testament, as in this verse, to refer to being “set apart” for a particular ministry. The Spirit is our friend, advocate, counsellor and comforter. This is my commandment — This I especially enjoin you, whether as apostles or private Christians; that ye love one another — Cordially and constantly; even, if it be possible, with as great fervency and constancy, as I have loved you — So as to be ready to sacrifice your lives for each other, as I expose and give up mine for you.  Ibid. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is the greatest example of love for his people, and he commands his people to emulate this same love. Burge, Gary M. John The Niv Application Commentary. According to Keener, “early Jewish literature especially applies the title to Abraham.  The reference is usually voiced by Jesus, always in reference to the Spirit, except for two occasions of himself (14:16; 1 John 2:1) and usually in the context of the Spirit helping in difficult situations once he has gone. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my. This hatred is then confirmation of one’s continuation of Christ’s mission. These things have I spoken unto you, that, Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his.  According to Kostenberger, “the three-step logic is as follows: when people oppose the disciples, it is because they oppose Jesus; if people oppose Jesus, it is because they do not know the Father (see 15:23); therefore, if people oppose the disciples, it is ultimately because they do not know God.” The seriousness of this rejection is explicated in v.22, for, though the Jews would not be sinless had Christ not come, they rejected the ultimate revelation of God in Jesus, and are therefore without excuse. History has shown that Christianity has been subject to much persecution. 569. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you . 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.  Keener. Harrison presents the argument that it is still considered ordered; Satan organizing with efficiency. What must they do to remain His friends? 775). 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. mind.â This is the first and great commandment. The world has seen God, thus has no excuse, but despite evidence, the world rejects the truth and so shall receive condemnation. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2008. John Stott, The Bible Speaks Today (Nottingham: Inter-Varsity Press, 1993). Beasley-Murray argues that the Spirit’s task is to “bear witness concerning Jesus (peri emou). 276-77. 216). 1:12; 2:7. 467.). “Brief Translation Note on John 15:19.” Concordia Theological Monthly 39, no. Follow the buttons in the right column to clarify word meanings, find related verses, and get a deeper understanding of its biblical use. It is impossible for them to love God or to love his people unless and until they set aside their false values, come to terms with the truth, and see their own position and role in the light of God’s sovereignty and grace,” (ibid. 182. , The laying down of Jesus’ life for his disciples is the greatest evidence of his love for them, and it is this same willingness to die for each other that Jesus calls his disciples to. Think about the people to whom you've said, âI love you.â Do you love them enough to die for them? Jesus’ love, in this verse, is focused on the completed action of the cross, yet we are called to a continuous love; we must always be ready and willing to die for a friend. Christians, let alone for our "neighbors"? (John 12:26, see (Brown. LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your What does John 15:12 mean? Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself? Grand Rapids, MI: Paternoster Press, 1995. LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one  Therefore, as Morris argues, it should be understood as “the legal helper, the friend who does whatever is necessary to forward their best interests.” Furthermore, the focus of the Spirit’s work is witness.  The focus in this verse is on love for friends, but John does not present Jesus as limiting this love solely to friends, for Jesus himself died for his enemies.. However, particularly in Johannine texts, the world is portrayed as hostile to God. Use the scale on the left to tell how often the verses below are googled compared to each other. Mitchell, Curtis C. “The Holy Spirit’s Intercessory Ministry.” Bibliotheca Sacra 139, no.  Heinz argues the common translation, “I chose you out of the world” (eg. know what his master is doing" (John 15:15). Introduction John 15:12-27 is a central passage in the Farewell Discourse, in which Jesus discusses three major themes: the necessity of love, the inevitable persecution of Christians, and the assurance God sends believers. Milne, Bruce. 15:12).  It should also be noted that while the disciples are said to be Jesus’ friends, Jesus is not said to be theirs.  The synoptics present a more thorough outward mission, with a focus beyond the church, than does John, who focuses largely on martyrdom. This essay exegetes this passage, attempting to critically and etymologically analyze the more significant and controversial words and phrases, resulting in the three major implications upon the contemporary reader. Father's commandments, and abide in his love. Cf. 15:26. and Keener. B. Payne, “Servant of the Lord,” in Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, ed. Heinz further states, “The thought, then, of John 15:19 would seem to be this: If you were people who had the same basis of existence as the kosmos, then the kosmos would love you as its own kind of people. 416. 319).  Milne. “John Wesley and the Doctrine of Assurance.” Bibliotheca Sacra 132, no. Why does "love one another as I have loved you" sound  Therefore, furthermore, this verse links neatly with the preceding verse. And the second is like it:  Burge. The three implications of this passage are: 1) the necessity of love, that this incredible love is no less necessary in today’s world of individualism; 2) the inevitable persecution that Christians shall receive, and have received, because of the name we bear; and 3) the assurance we receive from God, as his chosen people, and as the bearers of fruit, given to us by the Spirit.