Our Lord's Farewell Discourse
Interwoven Gospels

"Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father's house there are many dwelling-places; if it were not so, I would have told you: for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I am coming again, and will take you to Myself; that where I am, ye may be also. And whither I am going, ye know the way." Thomas saith to Him, "Lord, we know not whither Thou art going; how do we know the way?"

Jesus saith to him, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no one cometh to the Father but by Me. If ye had known Me, ye would have known My Father also. From henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him." Philip saith to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us." Jesus saith to him, "So long a time I am with you, and thou hast not known Me, Philip? He that hath seen Me, hath seen the Father: how then sayest thou, 'Show us the Father'? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? The words that I speak to you, I speak not from Myself; but the Father abiding in Me, doeth His works. Believe Me, that I am in the Father and the Father in Me; but if not, believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. Verily, verily, I say to you, he that believeth on Me, the works that I do, he shall do also; and greater than these shall he do, because I am going to the Father. And whatsoever ye may ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye ask anything in My name, I will do it.

"If ye love Me, ye will keep My commandments. And I will ask the Father and He shall give you another Advocate, that He may be with you forever: the Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him. Ye know Him, because He abideth with you and is in you. I will not leave you orphans; I am coming to you. "Yet a little while, and the world seeth Me no more; but ye see Me: because I live, ye shall live also. In that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you. He that hath My commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me; and he that loveth Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him." Judas (not Iscariot) saith to Him, "Lord, what has come to pass, that Thou art about to manifest Thyself to us and not to the world?" Jesus answered and said to him, "If any one love Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. He that loveth Me not, keepeth not My words; and the word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father's Who sent Me.

"These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things, that I said to you. Peace I leave to you; My own peace I give to you: not as the world giveth do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye heard that I said to you, 'I am going away,' and 'I am coming to you." If ye loved Me, ye would have rejoiced because I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it cometh to pass, that when it cometh to pass, ye may believe. I shall no longer talk much with you; for the prince of the world cometh, and he hath nothing in Me. But that the world may know that I love the Father, even as the Father commanded Me, so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

"I am the true Vine, and My Father is the Vine-Dresser. Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit, He taketh it away; and every one that beareth fruit, He cleanseth it that it may bear more fruit. Ye are clean already, through the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abide in the vine, so neither can ye unless ye abide in Me. I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: because apart from Me ye can do nothing. Unless one abide in Me, he is cast forth as a branch and is dried up; and they gather them together and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever ye wish, and it shall be done for you. In this is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit, and become My disciples. As the Father loved Me, I also love you; abide in My love. If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things have I spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

"This is My commandment, that ye love one another as I have loved you. Greater love hath no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. Ye are My friends, if ye do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant knoweth not what his master doeth. But I have called you friends, because all things that I heard from My Father I made known to you. Ye did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you, that ye should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should abide; that whatsoever ye may ask the Father in My name, He may give it to you. These things I command you, in order that ye may love one another.

"If the world hateth you, ye know that it hath hated Me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love its own; but because ye are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater than his master." If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do to you for My name's sake, because they know not Him Who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have had sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.

"He that hateth Me, hateth My Father also. If I had not done among them works which none other did, they would not have had sin; but now they have seen and also have hated both Me and My Father: so that the word may be fulfilled that is written in their law: 'They hated Me without cause." But when the Advocate shall come, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth Who goeth forth from the Father, He will testify concerning Me; and ye also testify, because ye are with Me from the beginning.

"These things I have spoken to you that ye may not be led astray. They shall put you out of the synagogues; yea, an hour is coming when any one that killeth you shall think that he rendereth service to God: and these things they will do, because they have not known the Father nor Me. But I have spoken to you these things, that when their hour shall come, ye may remember them, that I told you. But I did not tell you these things at the beginning, because I was with you.

"But now I go to Him Who sent Me, and none of you asketh Me, 'Whither goest Thou?' But because I have said these things to you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And when He cometh, He will convict the world respecting sin and righteousness and judgment: respecting sin, because they believe not in Me; respecting righteousness, because I go to the Father and ye see Me no more; respecting judgment, because the prince of this world hath been judged.

"I have yet many things to say to you, but ye cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of Truth, shall have come, He shall guide you into all the truth; for He shall not speak from Himself, but whatever He shall hear, He shall speak; and He shall declare to you the things to come. He shall glorify Me; for He shall receive of Mine and declare it to you. All things whatsoever the Father hath are Mine; for this reason, I said, that He receiveth of Mine and will declare it to you.

"A little while and ye see Me no more; and again a little while and ye shall see Me (because I go to the Father)." Therefore, some of His disciples said to one another, "What is this He saith to us, 'A little while, and ye see Me not, and again a little while and ye shall see Me'; and 'Because I go to the Father'? They were saying therefore, "What is this which He saith, 'A little while'? We do not understand what He saith."

Jesus knew that they wished to ask Him, and He said to them, "Do ye inquire among yourselves about this that I said, 'A little while and ye see Me not, and again a little while, and ye shall see Me'? Verily, verily, I say to you, that ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice; ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be changed into joy. A woman, when she is in travail, hath sorrow, because her hour hath come; but when she hath borne the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for the joy that a man hath been born into the world. And ye also now have sorrow indeed; but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no one shall take from you.

"And in that day ye shall ask Me nothing Verily, verily, I say to you, if ye shall ask the Father anything, He will give it you in My name. Hitherto ye have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be complete. These things have I spoken to you in parables. An hour is coming when I will speak to you no more in parables, but will tell you plainly about the Father. In that day, ye shall ask in My name. And I do not say to you that I will pray the Father for you; for the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father. I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; again, I leave the world and go to the Father."

His disciples say, "Behold, now Thou speakest plainly, and speakest no parable. Now we know that Thou knowest all things, and hath no need that any one should question Thee. By this we believe that Thou comest forth from God." Jesus answered them, "Do ye now believe? Behold an hour is coming, yea, hath come, when ye shall be scattered, each one to his own place, and shall leave Me alone: yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. I have spoken these things to you, that in Me ye may have peace. In the world ye have tribulation; but be of good courage; I have overcome the world."

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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