John 15:4 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

1) "Abide in me, and I in you." (meinate en emoi kago en humin) "You all remain in me, and I remain in you all," as my church, my chosen witnesses. Go on in your witness and work, living as I have lived, loving as I have loved, and serving as I have served my Father, Joh 20:21.

2) "As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself," (kathos to klema ou dunatai karpon pherein aph' heautou) "Just as the branch is not able to bear fruit from itself," apart from its vital heart-connected engrafting, Jas 1:21, drawing strength from the true wine, the feeder source, without the Spirit and nature of the vine itself, the new nature, Rom 8:9; 2Co 5:17; Eph 2:10.

3) "Except it abide in the vine;” (ean me mene en te ampelo) "Unless it remains in the vine," Christ Jesus, from whose Divine nature the believer lives and bears fruit, as a new creature; This was an object of our Lord's prayer, (for them and for His branches today) later that evening, Joh 17:23; Paul asserted that he lived through this new life, bearing a like kind of fruit through Him, 1Co 9:27; Gal 2:20.

4) "No more can ye, except ye abide in me." (houtos oude humeis ean me en emoi menete) "Nor can you all, unless you all remain in me," where I am, in the midst of the church, caring for my branches, my vineyard, Mat 28:20; Heb 13:5; Rev 1:12-20. One who falls into sin does not confess his sins, as a child of God, becomes unfruitful to the Master, not unsaved, not a child of the devil.

Consult other comments:

John 15:4 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 15:4 - The Greek Testament

John 15:4 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 15:4 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 15:4 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 15:4 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 15:4 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 15:4 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 15:4 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 15:4 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 15:4 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 15:4 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 15:4 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 15:4 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 15:4 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 15:4 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 15:4 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 15:4 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 15:4 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

John 15:4 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 15:4 - Church Pulpit Commentary

John 15:4 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 15:4 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 15:4 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 15:4 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 15:4 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 15:4 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

John 15:4 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 15:4 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 15:4 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 15:4 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 15:4 - Combined Bible Commentary

Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary