“THE GOSPEL OF JOHN”
LESSON THIRTY-SEVEN

John 15:14-16
     14. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
     15. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you  
           friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
     16. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth
           fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may     
           give it you.        

     [A] The last time we talked about verse fourteen but I wanted to include it tonight because it Kind of kicks off
             our scripture
             [1] I do want to re-emphasize what Jesus said here though.
             [2] Those who do the will of God, those who keep Christ’s commandments are those who Jesus calls his
                     friend        
             [3] To be called Jesus’ friend is very important, because his friends are those who he died for, and who
                     will inherit eternal life.

Verse fifteen - Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have
     called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
     
     [A] Herein lies a wonderful comment from Jesus
             [1] He did not call his disciples servants. He called them friends
    
     [B] What is the difference between a servant and a friend?
             [1]   A servant is one who serves someone – they might be a paid servant or they might be a slave.
                     Either one is under obligation to serve their master and do his bidding for him.
             [2] A Friend would be treated as an equal. They would be waited on by the servants, and sit in a special
                     place. A friend would be cared for by the master through the servants

     [C] Jesus said if we do his will and keep his commandments we are his friends.
             [1] What does that make us?
             [2] What does Jesus think of us?

Verse sixteen - Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring
     forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may
     give it you.        
     
     [A] The disciples did not choose Jesus, He chose them.
    
     [B] It was not them who determined that they would be one of the chosen twelve, Christ chose them and he
             ordained them to preach the good news of the gospel.

     [C] It is not we who choose Christ either, it is Christ who chooses us.
             [1] It is Jesus through the Holy Spirit who knocks on our heart and desired to come in.
             [2] It is Jesus who invites us to become a part of his body and he who convicts us of our sin.
             [3] It is we who has to accept or deny him, but it is he who does the choosing
             [4] It is also Jesus who determines what spiritual gifts we will receive an he who ordains us to perform
                     the duties he calls us to do
             [5]  Again, it is then our duty to do or not do what he wants us to do. If we are his friend, we will
                     determine in our heart to do everything he commands us to do.

John 15:17-19
     17. These things I command you, that ye love one another.
     18. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
     19. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have
             chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
    
Verse seventeen - These things I command you, that ye love one another.

     [A] Here again we find the new commandment that Christ gave us

     [B] Why did Christ tell us that we were to love one another?
             [1]  To show that we are his disciples

Verse eighteen - If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
     [A] When we are out doing the will of God, and those in the world hate us, or persecute us, because we are
             doing the will of God. Jesus said, they hated me before they hated you.

     [B] What does this mean to you?

     [C] What can the world do to us, that they did not do to Jesus?

Verse nineteen - If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I
     have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

     [A] In verse seventeen, Jesus said that his disciples were to love one another.

     [B] Then in verse eighteen, He talks of the world hating his disciples. But the disciples were not to fret,
             because the world hated Jesus before it hated them.

     [C]  Now in verse nineteen, he brings it all together.
             [1] If the disciples were a part or the world, the world would love them
             [2] Because that were not of the world, but belonged to Jesus and to the Kingdom of God, the world
                     hated them.
             [3] What I want you to consider is this, If loving Jesus means having he world hate you, and this is what
                     Jesus told us to expect by the comments he made to his disciples, why is it that we try so hard to fit
                     into the world, and have the world love us?
             [4] Why is the body of Christ more concerned with making the world comfortable instead of proclaiming
                     to the world what thus saith the lord?  
             [5] Why is the church and Christians conforming to the world, instead of telling the world what they are
                     doing wrong?
             [6] When we try to make the world happy, instead of being what Jesus wants us to be, can we consider
                     ourselves to be a friend of Jesus?         

John 15:20-25
     20. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have
           persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
     21. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
     22. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
     23. He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
     24. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have
           they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
     25. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without
           a cause.
                    
Verse twenty - Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have
     persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

     [A] A number of times in the Gospels, Jesus told his disciples that the servant it no greater than his master.
             [1]  What does this statement mean?
             [2]  Who is the servant he is speaking of, and who is the master?

     [B] Verse twenty holds a promise although not a promise that we want to hear.
             [1] Jesus was persecuted and he is the Master
             [2] We who proclaim his name will be persecuted as well.
                     [a] Notice that Jesus did not say it is a possibility that you will be persecuted, he said that they will
                             persecute you.
                     [b] This is not something that you and I want to hear. We would rather hear that we will be blessed
                             because we are doing the will of God and proclaiming his name. We would rather hear that
                             we will have God’s protection keeping us from harm. We would rather hear that as long as we
                             proclaim the name of Jesus, we will have no problems and no hardships. But that is not what
                             Jesus said, He said that we will receive persecution.
                     [c]  Each of the Disciples that Jesus was talking to at this time did receive persecution and most of
                             them, with the exception of John, died as a Christian martyr.
                     [d]  How are some of the ways that you and I receiver persecution? And Why?

     [C] There is another promise Jesus made in verse twenty-two as well        
             [1] Those who keep his saying he said, would keep the saying of the Disciples.
             [2] Some will hear the call of Christ, and head his words that are spoken through our mouths.
             [3] Those who heart him, will hear us,
             [4] Those who believe him will believe what we tell them
             [5] There is another great fact that we must realize in this statement as well
                     [a] It is Jesus who calls his flock
                     [b] It is Jesus through the Holy Spirit who speaks to the heart of man
                     [c] It is you and I who are to carry his words to man, whom Jesus has already spoken too, and
                             proclaim to them his good works.
                     [d]  Some will hear and accept our teaching just as some head and accepted the teaching of
                             Jesus        
                     [e] Some will deny us, and Jesus
                     [f] If we are persecuted as a result, we should not be surprised, because Jesus who was much
                             greater than you and I can ever hope to be, was persecuted more than we could ever dream
                             of being.

Verse Twenty-one - But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him
     that sent me.

     [A] Here also is a something that will do us all good to see and understand.

     [B] When we receive any type or persecution for doing the work of Jesus, it is not we who are being
             persecuted, but instead, it is Jesus who is being persecuted through us.        
             [1] The same holds true when someone sins against us, or does something evil against us.
             [2] Satan does everything he can to try and discourage you and me, including sending his followers
                     against us, to try and bring us down and make us turn against God.
             [3] The reason that Satan wants to hurt us, is to hurt God. He has no need or want for our soul, other
                     than to keep God from having us. Every time he can snatch someone from the hand of God, or get
                     them to turn from him, Satan feels a great victory. He knows that he has been defeated, and will
                     spend his eternity in the Lake of Fire, so to try to get even with God, to try to hurt him, he deceives
                     God’s greatest creation into following him instead of following God. This results in bringing great
                     hurt to God, for it is God’s will that none should perish but that all should have eternal life.
             [4] As a child of God, every persecution and every hardship we are forced to endure, is because of
                     Jesus, and because Satan wants to hurt him through us. Therefore, when we rejoice in our
                     tribulations, and praise God even in our pain and suffering, it is Satan who is put down instead of
                     Christ, and Christ has yet another victory through us.

Verse twenty-two - If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke
     for their sin.

     [A] Prior to Jesus coming and speaking to man – Prior to his being here on this earth and telling man that he
             was the son of God – Prior to his dying on the cross and sacrificing his life for the sins of all mankind,
             man could not be guilty or rejecting him as their saviour.

     [B] Because God gave his only begotten son, and because Jesus was willing to come to this earth and willing
             to give his own life for us as a sacrifice, there is no longer any excuse for anyone to refuse him, nor will
             any excuse be accepted.

     [C] Furthermore, because we have his word, the word of the only begotten son of God, the word which was
             made flesh and dwelt among us, the word which was written down in a book for us to read and know,
             there will be no excuse for not knowing it, and for not following his teaching.

Verse twenty-three - He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
    
     [A] Those who hate Jesus, hate his father who sent him – he and the father are one
    
     [B] The same holds true for those whom Jesus sent – those who hate the one he sent hates Jesus, so
             therefore they hate the father as well.

Verse twenty-four - If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin:
     but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
     
     [A] Here we find the reason that the world hates Jesus, the reason the scribes and Pharisees hated him in
             his day and the reason the world hates him through us today
      
     [B] Jesus came not doing what the world did – not teaching what the world taught, as a result they did not
             understand him, nor want to believe in him.

     [C] If Jesus would have come teaching the same things that the Scribes and Pharisees were teaching,
             working through them and making them look good, they would have loved and supported him, but that
             was not the case, he came to teach the word of God, not the word of man, and for that reason, he was
             hated
             [1] The same holds true for you and I. When we accept the teaching of the world, and preach what the
                     world teaches, we are accepted by them, but when we reject the things of the world and the
                     teaching of the world, we are despises and hated by them. Yet it is not we who is despised, but it is
                     Jesus in us whom they hate.

Verse twenty-five - . But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They
     hated me without a cause.

     [A] Nothing Jesus did was worthy of the Scribes and Pharisees hating him.

     [B] Nothing he did was ungodly or unholy
     [C] Nothing he did was worthy of his death – yet he was hated and he was put to death

John 15:26-27
     26. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth,
           which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
     27. And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

Verse twenty-six

     [A] Who is this Comforter that Jesus speaks of here?
             [1] The Holy Spirit
             [2] The Spirit of Truth
             [3] The Spirit of God

     [B] Where is the Holy Spirit from?
             [1] It proceedeth form the Father

     [C] What is he to do?
             [1] He is to testify of Jesus.

Verse twenty-seven
    
     [A] The disciples, through the power of God’s Holy Spirit, was to bear witness for Jesus,
    
     [B] They had been with him from the beginning of his ministry and they had seen everything and heard
             everything he did. This made them true witnesses for Jesus.

     [C] Questions:
             [1] What was the purpose of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the Apostles?
             [2] What is the purpose of the Holy Spirit on our lives today?
             [3] Was the power of the Holy Spirit greater in the Apostles than it is in you and I?
             [5] Why don’t we see the same thing taking place that the Apostles did?
             [6] What must we do in order to see the power of the Holy Spirit working like he did in the Apostles?