John 15:16
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New International Version
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit--fruit that will last--and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

King James Bible
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and have set you that ye should go and [that] ye should bear fruit, and [that] your fruit should abide, that whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name he may give you.

World English Bible
You didn't choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you will ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

Young's Literal Translation
'Ye did not choose out me, but I chose out you, and did appoint you, that ye might go away, and might bear fruit, and your fruit might remain, that whatever ye may ask of the Father in my name, He may give you.

John 15:16 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Ye have not chosen me - Ye have not elected me as your Teacher: I have called you to be my disciples; witnesses and depositories of the truth. It was customary among the Jews for every person to choose his own teacher.

And ordained you - Rather, I have appointed you: the word is εθηκα, I have Put or placed you, i.e. in the vine.

Theodorus Mopsuensis, as quoted by Wetstein, observes that εθηκα is here used for εφυτευσα; (I have planted); "and, in saying this, our Lord still makes use of the metaphor of the vine; as if he had said: I have not only planted you, but I have given you the greatest benefits, causing your branches to extend every where through the habitable world."

The first ministers of the Gospel were the choice of Jesus Christ; no wonder, then, that they were so successful. Those whom men have since sent, without the appointment of God, have done no good. The choice should still continue with God, who, knowing the heart, knows best who is most proper for the Gospel ministry.

To be a genuine preacher of the Gospel, a man must -

1. Be chosen of God to the work.

2. He must be placed in the true vine - united to Christ by faith.

3. He must not think to lead an idle life, but labor.

4. He must not wait till work be brought to him, but he must go and seek it.

5. He must labor so as to bring forth fruit, i.e. to get souls converted to the Lord.

6. He must refer all his fruit to God, who gave him the power to labor, and blessed him in his work.

7. He must take care to water what he has planted, that his fruit may remain - that the souls whom he has gathered in be not scattered from the flock.

8. He must continue instant in prayer, that his labors may be accompanied with the presence and blessing of God - Whatsoever ye shall Ask.

9. He must consider Jesus Christ as the great Mediator between God and man, proclaim his salvation, and pray in his name. - Whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, etc. See Quesnel.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

have not.

John 15:19 If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world...

John 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?

John 13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled...

Luke 6:13 And when it was day, he called to him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

Acts 1:24 And they prayed, and said, You, Lord, which know the hearts of all men, show whether of these two you have chosen,

Acts 9:15 But the Lord said to him, Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel to me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings...

Acts 10:41 Not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.

Acts 22:14 And he said, The God of our fathers has chosen you, that you should know his will, and see that Just One...

Romans 9:11-16,21 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand...

1 John 4:10,19 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins...

ordained.

John 20:21-23 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be to you: as my Father has sent me, even so send I you...

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me more than these? He said to him, Yes...

Isaiah 49:1-3 Listen, O isles, to me; and listen, you people, from far; The LORD has called me from the womb...

Jeremiah 1:5-7 Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you...

Matthew 28:18,19 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me in heaven and in earth...

Mark 16:15,16 And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature...

Luke 24:47-49 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem...

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come on you: and you shall be witnesses to me both in Jerusalem...

Romans 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

Romans 15:15,16 Nevertheless, brothers, I have written the more boldly to you in some sort, as putting you in mind...

1 Corinthians 9:16-18 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid on me; yes, woe is to me, if I preach not the gospel!...

Galatians 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.

Colossians 1:23 If you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard...

1 Timothy 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ...

2 Timothy 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit you to faithful men...

Titus 1:5 For this cause left I you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city...

bring.

John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples.

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise.

Isaiah 27:6 He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.

Isaiah 55:10-13 For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud...

Micah 5:7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the middle of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers on the grass...

Romans 1:13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brothers, that oftentimes I purposed to come to you...

Romans 15:16-19 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God...

1 Corinthians 3:6,7 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase...

Colossians 1:6 Which is come to you, as it is in all the world; and brings forth fruit, as it does also in you, since the day you heard of it...

James 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

that your.

Genesis 18:18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

Psalm 71:18 Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have showed your strength to this generation...

Psalm 78:4-6 We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength...

Psalm 145:4 One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.

Zechariah 1:4-6 Be you not as your fathers, to whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus said the LORD of hosts...

Acts 20:25-28 And now, behold, I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more...

Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning...

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the world are come.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures...

Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous...

1 Peter 1:14-21 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance...

1 Peter 3:2,15 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear...

that whatsoever.

John 15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done to you.

John 14:13,14 And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son...

John 16:23,24 And in that day you shall ask me nothing. Truly, truly, I say to you, Whatever you shall ask the Father in my name...

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.

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The Comforter
Eversley. Sunday after Ascension Day. 1868. St John xv. 26. "When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me." Some writers, especially when they are writing hymns, have fallen now-a- days into a habit of writing of the Holy Spirit of God, in a tone of which I dare not say that it is wrong or untrue; but of which I must say, that it is one-sided. And if there are two sides to a matter,
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

December 16 Evening
The deep things of God.--I COR. 2:10. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth; but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.--It is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. We have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

May 13. "Abide in Me" (John xv. 4).
"Abide in Me" (John xv. 4). Christianity may mean nothing more than a religious system. Christian life may mean nothing more than an earnest and honest attempt to follow and imitate Christ. Christ life is more than these, and expresses our actual union with the Lord Jesus Christ, and He is undoubtedly in us as the life and source of all our experience and work. This conception of the highest Christian life is at once simpler and sublimer than any other. We do not teach in these pages, that the purpose
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

February 25. "I am the vine, Ye are the Branches" (John xv. 5).
"I am the vine, ye are the branches" (John xv. 5). How can I take Christ as my Sanctifier, or Healer? is a question that we are constantly asked. It is necessary first of all that we get into the posture of faith. This has to be done by a definite and voluntary act, and then maintained by a uniform habit. It is just the same as the planting of a tree. You must put it in the soil by a definite act, and then you must let it stay put and remain settled in the ground until the little roots have time
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Cross References
Matthew 7:7
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

John 6:70
Then Jesus replied, "Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!"

John 13:18
"I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: 'He who shared my bread has turned against me.'

John 14:13
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 14:14
You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

John 15:5
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:7
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

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