John 15:16 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
1) "Ye have not chosen me," (ouch humeis me ekseieksasthe) "You all have not chosen me," by or of your own will and accord, as a body of disciples, a church; He chose them, called them from the baptism of John, His forerunner, Isa 40:1-3; Mat 3:1-7; Joh 1:6; Joh 1:32-33; Act 1:22-23; Joh 15:27. This refers not to a predestined personal choosing to salvation, at all, 1Jn 4:10; 1Jn 4:19, but to church service.
2) "But I have chosen you," (all' ego ekeleksamen, humas) "But instead, I have chosen you all," as a body of church-disciples, Mat 4:18-22; Joh 1:35-51; Joh 3:28-29. I have "chosen you all," as a king selects his officers from among his subjects, 1Co 12:28.
3) "And ordained you," kai etheka humas) "And I have ordained, appointed or set you in order," Eph 2:10, as a worship and service body, my church, He had not only ordained the twelve apostles but also sent out 70 other appointed witnesses "two by two into every city and place" He planned to go, Mat 10:1-6; Luk 10:1-12; Mar 3:14; 1Co 12:28.
4) "That ye should go and bring forth fruit," (hina humeis hupagete kai karpon pherete) "in order that you all should go forth (as my chosen people, the church) and should bear fruit," winning or enlisting those who accept the message of my salvation, baptizing them, and teaching them to observe what I have taught you and commanded you, as fruitbearers, John 2, 5, 8; Mat 7:17-20, Gal 5:22-23; Gal 5:25.
6) "That whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father," (hina hoti an aitesete ton patera) "in order that whatever you all may ask (petition) the Father," Joh 15:7 and as directed in the model prayer, Mat 6:9-13.
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Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
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