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Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

J. C. Ryle

Notes on John Chapter 15

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Notes on 15:1-6

Notes on 15:7-11

Notes on 15:12-16

Notes on 15:17-21

Notes on 15:22-27

John chapter 15 is filled with fascinating passages. First, there is Jesus' discourse that begins with the well-know metaphor, "I am the true vine." Does verse 6 mean that a believer can lose his salvation? Second, the chapter contains another well-known statement by Jesus: "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (v. 13). What is the connection between this statement and the cross? Who were Jesus' friends?

Finally, there is a major theological controversy that stems from a verse in this chapter: "I will send to you from the Father the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father. Do you know what the doctrine of the procession of the Holy Spirit is? Well, once you read what that is, you'll find out that in church history there was a controversy over whether the Spirit proceeds from the Father alone or from the Father and the Son. At the third Council of Toledo in 589, the words "and the Son" (the famous filioque clause) was added to the Nicene Creed. This is one of the differences between the Roman Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Church to this day.

These are the technical notes by J. C. Ryle that accompany his expository comments on John chapter 15.

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