"Come and See": A Web Commentary on the Gospel of John: Section 12 The Last Supper and Farewell Discourses

12.2 Table Talk (Jn 13.21-16.33): 12.2.6 Love and Obedience (Jn 15.12-25)

12Here is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you. 13No person has greater love than this, to lay down their life for their friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15I no longer call you my slaves, because the slave1 does not know what their master is doing. But I call you my friends because I tell you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16You did not choose me but I chose you. Indeed I have so appointed you that you will go and bear fruit and your fruit will continue2, so that my Father will give you whatever ask him for in my name. 17This is what I command you: love one another!

18If the world hates you, understand that it hated me before you! 19If you were from the world, the world would love its own, but because you are not from the world but I have chosen you out of the world -- this is why the world hates you. 20Remember the the word I spoke to you, that a slave3 is not better than their master4: if they persecuted me, they also persecute you; if they obeyed my word, they also obey yours. 21But they will do all this to you in my name because they don't know the one that sent me.

22If I had not come and had not spoken to them, they would have no fault. But now they do not have any excuse for their faults. 23The one who hates me hates my Father too. 24If I had not done among them works that no-one else had done, they would have no fault, but now they have seen and they have hated both me and my Father. 25But this is to fulfil the word which is written in their law, "They hated me without reason"5

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1 slaves, slave: Gk douloi, doulos; see the comment on Jn 4.51

2 continue: or remain

3 slave: Gk doulos; see the comment on Jn 4.51

4 a slave ... master: Jn 13.16

5 They ... reason: Ps 35.19 (Septuagint)