March 25, 2018
God and His Beloved People: 2 Allegories
John 10: 14-16; 15: 1-8
10:14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me–
10:15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father–and I lay down my life for the sheep.
10:16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
15:2 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.
15:3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
15:4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
15:6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
15:8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.