2. The Organism of the Triune God
in the Divine Dispensing
a. The Vine and the Branches
Being an Organism to Glorify the Father
by Expressing the Riches of the Divine Life
1 I am the 1true avine, and My Father is the 2husbandman.
2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes it away; and every branch that bears fruit, He 1prunes it that it may bear more fruit.
3 You are already aclean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
4 aAbide in Me and I bin you. As the branch cannot bear fruit 1of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
5 I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears amuch fruit; for apart from Me you can do bnothing.
6 If one does not abide in Me, he is 1acast out as a branch and is dried up; and they gather them and cast them into the bfire, and they are cburned.
7 If you abide in Me and My 1awords abide in you, 2ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.
8 In this is My Father 1aglorified, that you bear much fruit and so you will become My bdisciples.
9 As the Father has aloved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.
10 If you 1keep My acommandments, you will abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.
11 These things I have spoken to you that My 1joy may be in you and that your ajoy may be made full.
b. The Branches Loving One Another
to Express the Divine Life in Fruit-bearing
12 This is My acommandment, that you blove one another even as I have loved you.
13 No one has greater love than this, that one alay down his 1life for his friends.
14 You are My afriends if you do what I command you.
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 the things which I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
16 You did not choose Me, but I achose you, and I 1set you that you should 2go forth and bbear fruit and 3that your fruit should 4remain, that whatever you 5cask the Father in My name, He may give you.
17 These things I command you that you may 1alove one another.
c. The Vine and the Branches, Separated from the World,
Being Hated and Persecuted by the Religious World
18 If the world ahates you, know that it has bhated Me before you.
19 If you were 1of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are anot 1of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
20 Remember the word which I said to you, A slave is not agreater than his master. If they have bpersecuted Me, they will cpersecute you also; if they have kept My word, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things they will do to you because of My aname, because they do bnot know Him who sent Me.
22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have asin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.
23 He who ahates Me hates My Father also.
24 If I did not do among them the aworks which no one else has done, they would not have bsin; but now they have both seen and hated both Me and My Father.
25 But it is so that the word written in their law may be fulfilled, a"They hated Me without cause.''
26 But when the aComforter comes, whom I will bsend to you 1cfrom the Father, the dSpirit of reality, who proceeds 1from the Father, He will etestify concerning Me;
27 And ayou testify also, because from the beginning you have been with Me.
1 These things I have spoken to you so that you would not be astumbled.
2 They will aput you out of the synagogues; but an hour is coming for every one who 1bkills you to think that he is offering service to God.
3 And these things they will do abecause they have not known the Father nor Me.
4 But these things I have spoken to you that awhen their hour comes you may remember them, that I told you of them. Now these things I have not said to you from the beginning, because I was with you.