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Verses of John 15

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John 15:3 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Our Saviour having in the former verses distinguished his disciples into two sorts; some that were members of his body the church, and branches of him the true vine, by outward shew and visible profession only: others that are spiritually ingrafted into him, and do bring forth much fruit: now in this third verse Christ tells his disciples which number they were of: Now (saith he) ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you; that is, now that Judas, the traitor, that dead, rotten, fruitless branch, is cut off, and cast out, ye are all clean through the cleansing power and virtue of my word and doctrine.

Learn hence, 1. That such as are justified by the blood, and sanctified by the Spirit of Christ, are in Christ's account clean, notwithstanding their many spots and manifold imperfections: Now are ye clean.

2. That as the blood of Christ is the meritorious, and the Spirit of Christ the efficacious, so the word of Christ is the instrumental, cause of a believer's purification and cleansing; Now are ye clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I will abide in you; that is, abide in me, not only by an outward and visible profession, but by a real and fiducial adherence, and I will abide in you by the influences and operations of my Holy Spirit. The union and conjunction between Christ and his members is mutual; they abide in him by faith and dependance, and he abideth in them by the indwelling presence of his grace and spirit: Abide in me, and I will abide in you.

Observe farther, The reason which Christ gives why they should thus abide in him; because without union with him , without interest in him, without influences of grace derived from him, they could bring forth no fruit for him, nor do any thing that is truly acceptable and well-pleasing to him: As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in me, for without me ye can do nothing: That is, "As branches severed from the vine cannot live and bear fruit, so neither can Christians, separated from Christ, and without deriving virtue from him, do any thing spiritually good and well-pleasing in the sight of God."

Learn hence, That not only unregenerate men do labour under an impotency to that which is spiritually good, but even disciples themselves, wihtout daily dependance upon Christ, and without constant communications of grace from him, can do nothing in a lively and acceptable way and manner unto him: Without me ye can do nothing; you that are branches of me the true vine.

As Christians, without me, that is, without my Spirit, abiding in you, and uniting to me your head, you can do nothing acceptable, to me, or worthy of my gospel. Again: as apostles, it may denote, that without the gifts and powerful assistance of the Holy Spirit, they could do nothing to convert the world to Christianity: in both respects might Christ truly say, Without me ye can do nothing.

Verses of John 15

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Consult other comments:

John 15:3 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 15:3 - The Greek Testament

John 15:3 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 15:3 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 15:3 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 15:3 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 15:3 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 15:3 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 15:3 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 15:3 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 15:3 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 15:3 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 15:3 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 15:3 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 15:3 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 15:3 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 15:3 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 15:3 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 15:3 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 15:3 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

John 15:3 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 15:3 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 15:3 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 15:3 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 15:3 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 15:3 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 15:3 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 15:3 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 15:3 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 15:3 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament