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14:1 $[BT: +And he said unto his disciples:] Let not your heart [T: hearts] be troubled: ye [T: omits] believe in God, believe also [T: and believe] in me. qtext
14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions [GB: dwelling places]: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. qtext
14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you [BT: +even] unto myself; that where I am, there ye may [GBT: may ye] be also. qtext
14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
(John 14:1-3) GF2: 339; WPR 508
(John 14:2) GF7: 93 ; JN2: 212; JN3: 126; IP3: 356; IP4: 108; EQ 133; HPS 482; WPR 240; WPT 55
(John 14:2f) IP3: 460
(John 14:3) JN1: 56; IP4: 80; WPR 501
(John 14:3f) IP4: 213
[Other texts citing John 14:1-3: WPR 508 (Luk 5:37f)]
GF7:93 (1655): So the Lamb must get the victory [Rev 17:14] in every one of you, which is Christ in the male and in the female [Gal 3:28]; who brings into the Father's house [John 14:2], (from all the congregations of the dead [Prov 21:16], and their houses of darkness,) wherein every one comes to have his mansion [John 14:2], and his food of life from God the Father of life, who is blessed for evermore!
HPS 482 (Mary Waite, 1679): So all dear Friends be faithful under your several dispensations, for in our Father's house are many mansions [John 14:2]....
IP3:460 (1670): And here, the heavenly place in Christ is sat down in [Eph 2:6], toward which is the travel [/travail] of the disciple. For saith Christ ot his disciples, "I go to prepare a place [John 14:2]," and "I will come again [John 14:3]," and translate you thither [Col 1:13] But the disciples do not come to this place before their travel [=travail], or before any works of righteousness which God hath wrought in them.
14:5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we [G: + then; BT is it possible for us to] know the way?
14:6 Jesus saith [GT: said] unto him, I am the [G: that (3x)] way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. qtext
(John 14:6) GFJN 35, 74, 150, 226, 665; GF3: 102f, 130, 153, 157, 190, 212, 362, 481; GF4: 47, 126, 145, 157, 169, 220, 242, 309; GF5: 141, 227, 269, 339; GF6: 31, 245, 388; GF7: 9 [Tes], 29 , 33 , 45 , 55 , 107 , 125 , 137 , 148 , 155 , 207 , 225 , 241 , 244 , 247 , 279 , 312, 313 , 323f ; GF8: 10 , 78 , 125 , 197 , 236 , 290 ; GFEJ 37, 233, 476; GFT 56, 58, 141, 147, 207; MFS 39, 42, 52; MFU 164, 165, 189, 202, 230; JN1: 10 (GF), 56, 166, 171; 218 (GF), 242, 302; JN2: 207, 228, 302, 462; JN3: 228, 247, 248, 252, 434, 442, 459, 517; 734 (GF); WDS 36; IPL 31, 45, 53, 55; IP1: 246, 316, 345; IP2: 446, 447; IP3: 8, 25, 63, 161, 245, 251, 290; IP4: 148, 170, 214, 243, 269; EQ 316 (BC); RBA 29f; RBAF 23; HPS 296, 322; 351 (EB), 488; WPR 35, 313, 314, 318, 611; WPT 106, 109, 135, 277; WTG 305, 356 (AM); SIW 144
[Other texts citing John 14:6: GF3:103 (under Heb 7:25), GF3: 130 (John 11:9f), GF3:481 (Heb 13:17), GF4:126 (Heb 10:20), GF4:145 (Mat 11:29), GF7:33 (Mat 26:24), GF7:279 (Heb 13:8), MFU 165 (Mat 7:13f), JN1:10 (John 10:4) JN1:166 (Heb 12:14), IP1:246 (John 10:30)]
GFJN 35: When the Lord God and his son Jesus Christ sent me forth into the world to preach his everlasting gospel [Rev 14:6] and kingdom, I was glad that I was commanded to turn people to that inward light, spirit, and grace, by which all might know their salvation and their way to God; even that divine spirit which would lead them into all truth [John 16:13], and which I infallibly knew would never deceive any. But with and by this divine power and spirit of God, and the light of Jesus, I was to bring people off from all their own ways, to Christ the new and living way [Heb 10:20]; from their churches, which men had made and gathered, to the church in God, the general assembly written in heaven, [Heb 12:23] which Christ is the head of [Eph 5:23]; and off from the world's teachers made by men, to learn of Christ [Mat 11:29], who is the way, the truth, and the life [John 14:6], of whom the Father said, ‘This is my beloved son, hear ye him [Mat 17:5];’ and off from all the world's worships, to know the spirit of truth in the inward parts [John 14:17/Psa 51:6], and to be led thereby, that in it they might worship the Father of spirits [Heb 12:9], who seeks such to worship him [John 4:23]; which spirit they that worshipped not in, knew not what they worshipped [John 4:22].
GF5:269 (1677): But none sees Christ, or sees the way, or sees the word, but whose spirits, minds, and souls are turned to the divine light of Christ, which enlightens their spirits, their candle, and then they see Christ the way, the truth, and the life [John 14:6], and the light that gives them the knowledge that shines in their hearts [2 Cor 4:6], that has enlightened their spirits. Now disobedience, and loving the darkness rather than the light [John 3:19], puts out this candle, and so the candle of the wicked is often put out [Job 21:17].
GF7:323f (1668): And the true way is lost since the apostles' days, which Christ set up above sixteen hundred years since; who said, ‘I am the way to the Father; and no man cometh to the Father, but by me [John 14:6].’ So no one comes out of old Adam, but by Christ, the second Adam. No one comes out of darkness, but by Christ, the light; no one comes out of death, and from under the prince of death, the power of it, but by Christ, the life. So he is the way to God. No one comes out of unrighteousness, but by Christ, the righteousness; no one comes out of the wisdom below [James 3:15], but by Christ, who is the wisdom of God [1 Cor 1:24], which is from above [James 3:17]. And no one comes out of error and evil, but by Christ, the truth. So is he the door [John 10:9] and the way to God Almighty. And no man comes to the Father, but by him. No one comes out of captivity or prison, but by Christ the heavenly man. And so, they having erred from Christ, the way, they have set up so many ways in Christendom among them; and fall out about their ways one with another, enmity being among them. [Continued under Heb 10:20]
GF8:78 (1675): ... such as talk of Christ, and do not walk in him; such as profess him, and do not possess him; ... such as profess Christ the way, and walk not in the way, the truth, and the life [John 14:6], all such talkers, and not walkers, are dishonourers of God [Rom 2:23], and cause his holy name to be blasphemed among such as make no profession [Rom 2:24].
MFU 202 (1656): ...turn to the light of Jesus Christ which will examine and search and try you, and bring you to know Christ within you, and so bring you out of the reprobate faith [2 Cor 13:5/2 Tim 3:8]. This will let you see the mystery which is Christ within; and this will bring you to know him come in the flesh [1 Jn 4:2f]; and it will let you see those Antichrists who are in the world striving amongst their many opinions: and therefore they are condemned with the light which is the world's condemnation.... And so now see whether you will turn to the light of Jesus Christ who is the the way the truth & the life [John 14:6], which is but one, or you will continue amongst them who are of the many opinions, who denies the light, & Christ come in the flesh, and so is found to be the Antichrists, & deceivers of your souls [2 Jn 1:7] .
JN2:462 (1655): To the eleventh query, which asketh, "What that way in the wilderness is, which is called the way of holiness [Isa 35:8]; and whether any may expect to find it in these days?" To this thou sayest, "Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, and none can come to the Father but by him [John 14:6]." I say that these are true words; but thou that makest it thy work to preach him out of the world till doomsday and confine him in the heavens alone hast excluded him for being a way to those now in the world, to lead them out of the world, which cannot ascend up to heaven there to walk in him as a way: so thou hast shut up the kingdom against men [Mat 23:13] as thy fathers ever did.
IP3:160f (1668): Come down to the Gentile's light, come down to that which God hath dispensed to the Gentile, as well as to the Jew; which is the word (or commandment) nigh in the mouth and heart [Deut 30:14]. This hath been the lowest of all, despised by all; and this is in the heart of God to exalt over all; for it is above all.... This is the thing which man ran from, when the veil came over him; which all the shadows of the law were to point out and signify. And as man is brought again to this, life springs in him, and the powerful redemption of the eternal word is witnessed by him. Yea, he that hears the voice of this, though he were ever so dead in trespasses and sins [Eph 2:1], shall feel life spring in him, and the covenant of life inwardly revealed, which, by the pure faith and obedience, is the entrance into, and the abiding in. And this is the one truth, the one pure, eternal word and way to the Father [John 14:6], which was from the beginning [John 1:1], and remains the same unto the end. This is the door, at which all do still enter, and there is no other [John 10:9].
IP3:251 (1671): [quotes Prov 6:23 and 4:18] Just as a light, which shines outwardly, is to the outward man; such is the inward light to the inward man; yea more; for inwardly the light and the way is all one. Christ is the way, the truth, and the life [John 14:6], which are three names of one and the same thing. And he that walks in the light, walks in the way of life and holiness; which he that walks in the darkness walks out of.... The heart of man, the unregenerate mind, the unregenerate spirit) is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; that whereby God searcheth it, is his light, his candle, his own Holy Spirit [Prov 20:27AV,G].
SIW 144 (Ann Crowley, 18–): I saw with indubitable clearness, that Christ is the only "way, the truth, and the life [John 4:6]," and that our words and our actions must be governed by His Spirit.
14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have [BT: had] known my Father also: and from henceforth [BT: now] ye know him, and have seen him. qtext
14:8 Philip saith [GT: said] unto him, Lord, shew us the [G: thy] Father, and it sufficeth us.
14:9 Jesus saith [GT: said] unto him, Have I [G: I have] been so long time with you, and yet [G: omits] hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the [G: my] Father; and how sayest thou then [G: how then sayest thou], Shew us the [G: thy] Father? qtext
14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father [G: +is] in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he [BT: is he that] doeth the works. qtext
14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father [G: +is] in me: or else [GT: at the least] believe me for the very [B: omits] works' sake.
14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on [G: in] me, the works that I do shall he [G: he shall; BT: the same shall he] do also; and greater works [G: omits] than these shall he do; because [G: for] I go unto my Father. qtext
14:13 And whatsoever ye shall [GBT: omit] ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may [T: might] be glorified in [T: by] the Son. qtext
14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. qtext
14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. qtext
(John 14:7-9) IP3: 24; JSS 24
(John 14:8-10) IP1: 313
(1 Jn 14:9-11) IP3: 38
(John 14:9) IP3: 49; IP4: 110, 167; WPR 504; JSS 27
(John 14:9f) GF5: 144
(John 14:10) GF3: 125; JSS 25
(John 14:10f) GF3: 397
(John 14:11) IP3: 38; HPS 329
(John 14:12) DGA 139; IP3: 292; JSS 20, 52
(John 14:13-15) GF7: 141 ; GFEJ 114
(John 14:13) GF5: 438; WPR 623, WPT 325; JSS 25
(John 14:13f) GF8: 64 ; JN1: 228; DFR 44
(John 14:15) GF6: 286; GF8: 53 ; MFS 41; JN1: 166, 234f; 14:15) JN3: 126; WPT 306
JSS 24 (17–): ..."before Abraham was, I am" [John 8:58]. Hence all who knew him, knew the Father also, and all who now know him, know the Father; there is no possible failure of this. [Quote John 14:7-9] It seems Philip had not yet fully learned this mystery; and this is the case with many who are in degree his disciples.
IP3:38 (1667): [Father, Son, and Spirit] are one nature and one being. A man may have notions of hte one, and not of the other; but their nature, their being, their life, their virtue, is inseparable. And as Christ said concerning the Father, --that he was in the Father, and the Father in him; [John 14:11] and that he that saw him saw the Father [John 14:9]; so, may it not be as truly affirmed ... concerning Christ, that he is in the Spirit, and the Spirit in him and he that seeth the Spirit, seeth him... [etc]? For he is the Spirit, according to that scripture, 2 Cor 3:17: "Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
[Other texts citing John 14:9: JSS 27 (John 4:10)]
[Other texts citing John 14:12: JSS 19f (John 10:34-39)]
IP3:292 (1674): Quest. Which are greater, the works which Christ did outwardly on the bodies of men in the days of his flesh [Heb 5:7], or which he doth inwardly in men's minds and spirits by the powerful appearance and operation of his Spirit? Because Christ said, the works that he did, those that believed on him should do, and greater also, because he went to the Father. John 14:12. Ans. Doubtless to reach to the soul, and quicken the soul, and raise the soul out of the grave of death, and cure the blindness, deafness, hardness, and diseases of the soul, is greater than the outward, and was signified by the outward.
JSS 52 (17–): ...even though we have been in degree weakened and disheartened by sin, what Christ said to his followers is strictly true: "The works that I do shall ye do also; and greater works than these shall ye do [John 14:12]." One greater thing, at least, we all may do, if we will; we may all conquer satan, and knows his head entirely bruised [Gen 3:15]; know him bound and cast out, and all his goods destroyed [Mat 12:29], even after we have been enslaved by him...
GF7:141, GFEJ 114 (1657, continued from under Jas 1:6): And whatsoever ye ask believing, it will be given unto you; it is Christ's promise. John xiv. 13, 14. For Christ saith, "Whatsoever ye ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments [John 14:13- 15]." So, every one's prayers are assured unto them, and their requests effectual in their obedience, and loving Christ, and keeping his commandments.
JN1:228f (1653): The world's prayers are without them, and the power thereof stands in outward words; and they ask and have not, because they ask amiss, that they may spend it upon their lusts [Jas 4:3]. The saints' prayers are within, by the Spirit, which teacheth in all conditions what to pray for, and helps the infirmities with sighs and groans which cannot be uttered [Rom 8:26]; and they ask in the name of the Son and are heard in whatsoever they ask; and thereby is the Father glorified [John 14:13f], for they ask in faith, nothing wavering [Jas 1:6].
[Other texts citing John 14:15: JN1:166 (under Heb 12:14)]
14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide [BT: bide] with you for ever; qtext
14:17 Even [T: which is] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it [BT: the world] seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. qtext
[cf John 15:26, 16:13]
(John 14:16-20) WPR 268, 342; JSS 17f
(John 14:16) GF3: 14 (EB); JN1: 128; IP1: 318; EQ 317 (BC); SBD 20
(John 14:16f) GFJN 51; GF5: 194, 225; LB (H38); MFS 41; IP1: 227; IP2: 63; RBA 40; RBAF 29; HPS 256; WPR 276, 504; WPT 202
(John 14:17-20) WPR 347, 501
(John 14:17) GFJN 35, 136; GF3: 118, 518, 526; GF5: 174; MFS 21, 35; MFU 227, 243; JN1: 68; JN2: 188, 205, 231; JN3: 748; IP1: 63; IP2: 114; IP4: 36; EQ 241 (IP); RBA 45, 109; RBAF 35, 81; HPS 387 (EB); WPR 156f, 295, 508; WPT 317; JSS 20, 44
(John 14:17f) HPS 262; WPR 239; WPT 54 [cf John 15:26, 16:13]
SBD 20 (1750): For it is this Spirit, which is the "Comforter" that our blessed Lord promised to pray the Father to send in his name [John 14:16], which, when we receive, will lead us into all truth [John 16:13]. This is that Spirit that will reprove the world of sin [John 16:8f], because they believe not in the only begotten Son of God [John 3:8].
GF5:194 (1675): And Christ saith, "that he may abide with you forever, to wit, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, John 14:16, even the spirit of truth, that shall lead you into all truth (John 16:13)", and he should dwell in them, and should be with them [John 14:17]; and also Christ saith, "he would be with them and in them to the end of the world [Mat 28:20].
[Other texts citing John 14:17: GFJN 35 (John 4:22-24), GF3:518 (John 3:18), JN2:205 (John 3:8), IP2:114 (Luk 24:49), IP4:36 (Rom 1:4), WPR 156f (Mat 28:20), WPR 508 ( Mat 9:17 | Mar 2:22 | Luk 5:37f), JSS 44 (John 14:20)]
MFU 243 (1657): ...and wilt thou now that he calls unto thee, and stretches out his hand of love unto thee, wilt thou now run away from him and turne from him, and pull away thy shoulder [Zech 7:11], because that his name & truth goeth under reproach (as it ever did)? ....The spirit of truth the world cannot receive [John 14:17]; oh consider who thou jogs with in this day of the Lamb's war in which he is risen in his light in the conscience of men....
HPS 386 (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1679): And this was it that Christ promised, when he was about to leave his disciples (as to his personal presence amongst them) at which their hearts began to be sorrowful; he therefore tells them, to comfot them, "he that dwelleth with you shall be in you", John 14:17. Thereby he meant himself (who then was present with, but passing from them in the flesh), would come again unto them, and abide forever with them, in the Spirit: For the Lord is that Spirit, saith the Apostle, 2 Cor 3:17.
14:18 I will not leave you comfortless [G: fatherless]: I [G: but I; BT: but] will come to you. qtext
14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth [GB: shall see] me no more; but ye [GBT: +shall] see me: because I live, [BT: +and] ye shall live also [T: omits].
14:20 At [BT: omit] that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye [GBT: you] in me, and I in you. qtext
14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is [G: is he; BT: the same is he] that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to [GBT: shew mine own self to (T: unto)] him. qtext
14:22 Judas saith [GT: said] unto him, not [BT: +Judas] Iscariot, Lord, how is it [GB: what is the cause; B: what is done] that thou wilt manifest [GBT: shew] thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a [G: any] man love me, he will keep my words [G: word; BT: sayings]: and my Father [T: my father also] will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode [GT: will dwell; B: dwell] with him.
14:24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings [G: words]: and the word [T: words] which ye hear is [T: are] not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
(John 14:18-23) LB (H38); EQ 340 (BC)
(John 14:18) GF6: 250, 251; MFS 103; MFU 10, 377; JN2: 548; IP4: 80; EQ 320 (BC); HPS 366 (EB); WPR 146
(John 14:19-23) GF6: 286
(John 14:19-21) GF5: 147; JN2: 445
(John 14:20) GF3: 48, 309; JN1: 124; JN2: 350, 445, 548; EQ 322 (BC); HPS 366 (EB); JSS 44
(John 14:20f) JN2: 546
(John 14:21-23) GF6: 309; MFS 41; JSS 18
(John 14:21) IP3: 526; WPT 315
(John 14:23) GF6: 483; JN2: 546, 548; JN3: 735 (GF); WPT 315
(John 14:23f) GF6: 310
[Other texts citing John 14:18: MFU 377f (John 4:14)]
GF6:251 (1684): And if Christ is not within you, you are reprobates [2 Cor 13:5], for Christ took the bread and wine and gave it to his disciples, when he was with them, before he was crucified [1 Cor 11:23-25]; but now he is risen and and ascended, and stands at the doors of your hearts and knocks; and if any man will hear his voice and open to him with his grace, and light, and spirit, by joining to it, Christ tells you in [Rev 3:20] that he will come in and sup with you, and you with him; and ... this is the spiritual and heavenly marriage supper [Rev 19:9]. And here Christ's words are fulfilled, who said he would come again, and doth not leave his followers comfortless [John 14:18].
MFS 103, MFU 10 (first letter from the Fell household to George Fox, 1652): Oh, our dear nursing father [Isa 49:23], we hope you will not leave us comfortless, but will come again [John 14:18]. Though that sorrow be for a time, yet joy comes in the morning [Psa 30:5]. Oh, our life, we hope to see you again, that our joy may be full [2 Jn 1:12], for in you presence is fullness of joy [Psa 16:11].
GF3: 309 (1659): No one comes out of the covenant of works, but by the Light within, which Christ, the covenant of God, hath enlightened him withal [John 1:9]. And no one lives out of the covenant of works, but who lives in the light; and who lives in the light, lives in Christ, and Christ in him: "I in you, and you in me [John 14:20];" and they who hate his light, live not in Christ, it condemns them [John 3:19f], for they are in their own covenant of works.
JSS 44 (17–): "He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you [John 14:17," says Christ. And again: "Because I live, ye shall live also: at that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you [John 14:20]." As really as he is in the Father, his brethren are in him; and as really as the Father is in him, and is his life, so really is he in them and is their life. As really as God and man are united in one, in him, so really are they so in all his.
IP3: 525f (1677): if thou be as really desirous, and waitest, as singly, to know and obey the commands of truth as ever, then, thy love to it is as great as formerly in hits first heat and zeal; otherwise not. "He that hath my commandments and keepeth them," saith Christ, "he it is that loveth me." John 14:21. And hereby, we know that our knowledge of him is true and living; becaue it leads, quickens, and enables us to the keeping of his commandments. 1 John 2:3.
14:25 These things [T: This] have I spoken unto you, being yet [G: omits] present with you.
14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the [T: my] Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever [G: which] I have said unto [GT: told] you. qtext
[John 14:26: cf John 16:13, 1 Jn 2:27]
14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled [BT: hearts be grieved], neither let it be afraid [G: nor fear; BT: neither fear (T +ye)]. qtext
14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away [T: omits], and come again [G: will come] unto you. If ye loved me, ye would [GBT: +verily] rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my [GBT: the] Father is greater than I. qtext
14:29 And now I have told [G: have I spoken unto; BT: have I shewed] you before it come to pass [GBT: omit], that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
14:30 Hereafter I will [GBT: will I] not talk much with [G: speak many things unto; BT: talk many words unto] you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing [GBT: nought] in me. qtext
14:31 But [GB: +it is] that the world may know that I love the [G: my] Father; and as the Father gave me commandment [G: hath commanded me], even [G: omits] so I do [BT: do I]. Arise [BT: Rise], let us go hence.
(John 14:26) GFJN 312; GF4: 151; GF5: 172, 245; GF6: 479; DGA 108; MFS 41; MFU 244; JN1: 124, 130, 378; JN3: 442; IP2: 64; RBA 40, 45, 47, 66, 250, 325f; RBAF 29, 35, 207, 284; EQ 316 (BC); HPS 346, 352, 404 (EB); WPR 504; SBD 20, 37; JWJM 31, 64; WTG 210, 228 (EH), 322 (AM); SIW 89 [cf John 16:13, 1 Jn 2:27]
(John 14:27) GF8: 49 , 62 , 72 ; IP3: 22, 300; WPR 145; WTG 79 (SM)
(John 14:27f) GF5: 147; GF6: 235, 483
(John 14:28) GF3: 88; JN1: 129; HPS 355 (EB); WPT 54; JSS 35, 50, 65
(John 14:30) GF6: 16
RBA 45, RBAF 35 (1678, II.10): Thirdly, What the work of the Spirit is , ... Christ compriseth in two or three things, "He will guide you into all Truth [John 16:13]": "He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance [John 14:26]." Since Christ hath provided for us so good an instructor, what need we then lean so much to those traditions and commandments of men [Col 2:8, 22] wherewith so many Christians have burthened themselves? What need we set up our own carnal and corrupt reason for a guide to us in matters spiritual, as some will needs do? May it not be complained of all such, as the Lord did of old concerning Israel by the prophets (Jer 2:13): "For my people have committed two evils, they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water."
HPS 404 (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1679): This I write, as one having witnessed the Spirit to be given for a Rembrancer, which was faithfully promised by the Lord Jesus, John 14:26, even that Spirit of Truth, which he told his disciples, it should bring all things to their remembrance; and so indeed it doth call back things that are past, and set them in order before us, judging and condemning of us for what we have done amiss: And now, a remnant having heard that (in our hearts) that that told us all things that we ever did [John 4:29,39], we know this to be the voice of Christ.... [more under John 1:48]
WTG 228 (Elizabeth Hudson, 1750): I told her as to memory, it was but little use to a gospel minister, for they relied not upon it but on the immediate revelation of the spirit of God which brought these scriptures to our remembrance [John 14:26] which perhaps we had not read or thought on for many years...
WTG 79 (Susanna Morris, 1745): ...the hardships were made up to my poor soul; for the best wine was met with [John 2:10] in that the Lord favored me with a share of that sweet peace which the world cannot give [John 14:27]Top
[Other texts citing John 14:28: JSS 50 (John 5:17)]
HPS 355 (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1679): [quotes Eph 3:7,9] Wherefore they know the Son to be one, and equal in power with the Father. Now if any shall object that scripture, where Christ saith, My Father is greater than I [John 14:28]. That must needs be understood only as he assumed the name of man; not at all relating to the fulness of the Godhead that dwelleth bodily in him [Col 2:9; quotes Heb 1:2f]. And therefore I believe (and so do they, in whose behalf I write) that Jesus Christ is very God [1 Jn 5:20 GBT].
JSS 65 (17–): But though all the divine life in Christ, was the very life of God in him, and in that sense he and the Father were one [John 10:30]; yet as in him something was taken into union with God which was human, therefore Christ testified, "My Father is greater than I [John 14:28]." This will eternally be the case; God is and ever will be greater than any thing else; and though humanity is united with divinity, in every new born babe in Christ, yet none can ever aspire to equality with God.
GF6:16 (1679): So the prince of this world is judged [John 16:11], and now shall the prince of this world be cast out [John 12:31]; "for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me," saith Christ [John 14:30]. Now here all may see the prince of this world is judged by Christ, and cast out; he finds no disobedience in Christ, as he did in Adam and Eve.
15:1 I am the [G: that] true vine, and my Father is the [G: that; T: an] husbandman. qtext
15:2 Every branch in me [GBT: omit] that beareth not fruit [GBT: +in me] he taketh [BT: will take] away: and every branch [G: one] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it [BT: will he purge], that it may bring forth [T: omits] more fruit. qtext
15:3 Now ye are clean through the word [T: words] which I have spoken [T: spoke] unto you. qtext
(John 15:1-9) RBAF 187
(John 15:1-6) GF6: 306; RBA 248
(John 15:1-5) GFJN 168; IP1: 239; IP2: 287, 447; IP4: 400; JSS 25; DFR 92
(John 15:1) GFJN 344; GF7: 69 , 297 ; GF8: 153 , 167 ; GFT 86; MFU 389; IP3: 8, 38, 43, 368f; IP4: 174; IPL 45; HPS 367 (EB); WPR 313; WPT 106; SIW 168
(John 15:1f) MFU 212, 258
(John 15:2) GF5: 270; JN2: 40
(John 15:2f) GF5: 446
(John 15:3) GF3: 454; GF4: 43; GF6: 202; GF7: 205 ; MFU 259; JN1: 213 (GF); IP4: 372f
JSS 25 (17): Are the vine and the husbandman one? Answer, yes, in the heavenly union and mystery: the wisdom of man makes it nonsense; but if the vine and the husbandman are one, surely then, so are the vine and the branches [John 15:1-5].
IP3:38 (1667) Is not Christ the seed? And is not this seed sown in the heart? [Mat 13:19] Now if this seed spring and grow up in me into a spiritual shape and form (though it be but of a babe), is not Christ then formed in me [Gal 4:19]? If I be ingrafted into, and grow up in it, am I not ingrafted into Christ (the true olive-tree [Rom 11:17-24], the true vine [John 15:1]), and do I not grow up in him?
MFU 258 (1658): Here is the vineyard of God [Isa 5:7], here the Lord planteth, and here he watereth in the light, and here he gains the increase [cf 1 Cor 3:6]. I am the vine, saith Christ Jesus, the true light and life of men [John 1:9,4], and my father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh away [John 15:1f]. Mark this, you that own the light for your leader, and do not abide in it & bear fruit, beware that you be not taken away... [quotes John 15:6].
[Other texts citing John 15:2: JN2:40 (under Mat 9:10-13 | Mar 2:15-17 | Luk 5:29-32)]
[Other texts citing John 15:2f: GF5:446 (under Luk 23:43)]
GF6:202 (1682): And Christ said to the disciples, "Now ye are clean through the word," &c. [John 15:3] So this word will keep the ways and hearts of young men clean [Psa 119:9], the word of God, which is a sanctifying word [John 17:17, 1 Tim 4:5], a reconciling word [2 Cor 5:19]; and Christ told the Jews, his word had no place in them [John 8:37].
15:4 Abide [BT: Bide (2x)] in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. qtext
15:5 I am the [G: that] vine, [T: +and] ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can [GBT: can ye] do nothing. qtext
(John 15:4-7) IP4: 45
(John 15:4-6) RBA 248
(John 15:4) GF7: 123 ; GFT 114; MFU 224; JN1: 124; JN3: 25; IP1: 257; IP3: 160; IP4: 41; EQ 107, 110 (JN)
(John 15:4f) GF6: 247; GF7: 217 , 225 , 240 ; GF8: 127 , 129 , 175, 181 , 197 , 242 , 304 ; MFU 261; JN2: 224, 352, 445; JN3: 247, 257, 428, 446; WDS 322; IP2: 242; IP4: 165; IPL 45; EQ 322 (BC); HPS 326; SIW 40 [cf Luke 23:31]
(John 15:5) GFJN 344; GF3: 217; GF8: 52 , 128 , 141 , 175 , 198 , 201 , 242 , 251 ; GFEJ 394; MFU 460; JN1: 13 (GF); JN2: 223; 268 (RS), 453, 454; JN3: 64, 65, 453; WDS 65; IP1: 422; IP2: 291; IP3: 146, 215, 368; IP4: 74, 224, 410; RBA 121, 175, 254, 330; RBAF 193; EQ 473 (TA); HPS 140, 273, 286, 517; WPT 402; JSS 10; DFR 12; WTG 225, 248, 252 (EH), 306 (AM); SIW 98 [cf John 5:30]
RBA 248 (1678, X.10): [Christ] saith expressly that "he is the vine and his disciples are the
branches [John 15:5]", that "except they abide in him they cannot bear fruit, and if they be unfruitful they
shall be cast forth as a branch and wither [John 15:4,6]." Now I suppose these cut and withered
branches are no more the branches nor members of the vine, they can draw no more sap nor
nourishment from it after that they are cut off, and so have no more virtue, sap, nor life. What have they
then to boast or glory of any authority, seeing they want that life, virtue and nourishment, from which all
GF7:240 (1663): So abide in him [John 15:4], and learn of him [Mat 11:29] in whom God is well pleased [Mat 17:5]; and none turn to them whom God is not well pleased with. For you who are children of God, are not to look for salvation from the hills [Jer 3:23], neither to look at the arm of flesh, nor to put confidence in man [Jer 17:5], who are redeemed from under the curse [Gal 3:13], and the fear of man [Prov 29:25], and are bought with a price, the blood of Jesus Christ; and so are not your own [1 Cor 6:19f], and cannot do your own wills [John 15:5], nor other men's, but are to glorify your Father which is in heaven [Mat 5:16].
JN2:224 (1655): I have known a drunkard shed more tears, set stronger resolutions, and make more vows against the filthy sin of drunkenness, than ever I knew the greatest professor do against his secret covetousness, which is idolatry [Col 3:5].... Now if God had placed righteousness and acceptance in doing what one can [of himself], then why should not the first of these be accepted as well as the latter; seeing he prays and weeps and doth what he can [without Christ] to overcome it? And thus .... you are all in confusion, laboring to no purpose, one condemning another, thereby to get peace to yourselves, but all under the curse, and so is the fruit you bring forth, because it is not in Jesus and he in you [John 15:4f], in whom the Father hath placed fruit and acceptance, peace and reconciliation, to whom all shall confess forever.
JN2:268 (Richard Salle, 1655): And I will be unto you as the former and the latter rain in its due season [Jer 5:24]; and you shall sit under your vine [Mic 4:4] which is Christ in you [John 15:5], and eat of your own fruit [1 Cor 9:7], and none shall make you afraid [Mic 4:4]....
IP2:291 (1662): And as the soul, being touched with the living virtue, gives itself up to believe, and to trust the power which draws; so the power manifests itself in the heart, according to the proportion of the faith which the eternal virtue hath begotten there. And as the soul in the faith gives itself up to obey, so the power appears and works the obedience. For we can do nothing of ourselves [John 15:5]; but being called, being drawn, being required to do that which is far beyond our strength, and giving up thereto; the life springs, the power appears, which does the work.
RBA 330 (1678, XI.21): We freely confess that prayer is both very profitable and a necessary duty, commanded and fit to be practiced frequently by all Christians; but as we can do nothing without Christ [John 15:5], so neither can we pray without the concurrence and assistance of his Spirit..... Inward prayer is that secret turning of the mind towards God whereby, being secretly touched and awakened by the Light of Christ in the conscience, and so bowed down under the sense of its iniquities, unworthiness, and misery, it looks up to God, and joining issue with the secret shinings of the Seed of God it breathes ... some secret desires and aspirations towards him.... Outward prayer is when as the spirit (being thus in the exercise of inward retirement, and feeling the breathing of the Spirit of God to arise powerfully in the soul) receives strength and liberty ...to bring forth either audible sighs, groans, or words....
WTG 252 (Elizabeth Hudson, 1750): ...had a suffering time, sitting throughout the meeting in a dead, senseless condition, by which was renewedly convinced that every good comes from our Heavenly helper, without whom we can do nothing [John 15:5] or get anything that is an Heavenly nature.
SIW 98 (Sarah Tuke Grubb, 178-): If in our passage through life, we are often brought to acknowledge, that of ourselves, without divine assistance, we can do nothing [John 15:5]; is it not abundantly obvious in the work of bestowing a religious education on youth?
15:6 If a man abide [BT: bide] not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered [GB: withereth]; and men gather them [T: it (2x)], and cast them into the fire, and they are burned [GB: they burn; T: it burneth]. qtext
15:7 If ye abide [BT: bide] in me, and my words abide [T: also bide] in you, ye shall [GBT: omit] ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto [GT: to; B: for] you. qtext
15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be [GT: and be made; B: and become] my disciples. qtext
15:9 As the Father hath loved me, [BT: +even] so have I loved you: continue ye in [G: in that; T: in] my love.
15:10 If ye [GT: +shall] keep my commandments, ye shall abide [T: bide (2x)] in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. qtext
15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
(John 15:6-8) WPR 75
(John 15:6) MFU 258; JN2: 590; IP2: 433; IP4: 94; EQ 332(BC); HPS 375 (EB), 517; WPR 225; WPT 28; JSS 26
(John 15:7) EQ 530(BR); JSS 25f
(John 15:8-14) GF4: 331
(John 15:8) GF3: 233; GF5: 147; GF7: 225 ; GF8: 91 , 248 ; GFT 113; JN1: 68; HPS 509
(John 15:9) GF2: 322
(John 15:9f) IP3: 315
(John 15:10) MFU 261; JN3: 126; IP4: 22; HPS 144; 375 (EB); WPR 225, 230; WPT 28, 38
IP2:433 (1666): Quest. 3. How may a true church continue so? Ans. By abiding in the Spirit, life, and power, that gathered and built them up into a church.... Even as a disciple, departing out of the vine [John 15:6], making shipwreck of the faith [1 Tim 1:19], loseth that which made him a disciple or Christian; so a church, departing from the Spirit and life of what they profess, languish by degrees, even till their life be wholly extinct, and they wholly lose that state and being which they had by their gathering.
JSS 26: But let us now hear the great wisdom of man, that God has made real foolishness with him [1 Cor 1:20]. "What!" says the reasoner, the wise disputer of this world, "how can the branch and vine be one, if the branch may be cast forth, and withered [John 15:6]?" This is just as wise as the reasoning of the Jews, "We have heard out of the law, that Christ abideth forever, and how sayest thou, the son of man must be lifted up [John 12:34]." Can the branch be cast forth, and wither outwardly? It can. Was it not therefore of the vine? It was.
JSS 25f (17): "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you [John 15:7]." "Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that I will do [John 14:13]." As he cannot deny himself, a branch abiding in him, and asking in his name, cannot ask without receiving: therefore it holds good forever, "Ask, and ye shall receive [Mat 7:7f]." It cannot possibly fail, for, says he, "The words that I speak unto you, I speak not of myself, but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works [John 14:10]. Just so every branch in him may say, "I speak not of myself, I ask in thy name: it is thy word that speaks, and asketh in me;" "I live, yet not I, it is Christ that liveth in me [Gal 2:20]."
GF3:233 (1659): The saints are the temples of God, and God dwells in them, and walks in them [2 Cor 6:16]; and they come to witness the flesh of Christ, and they glorify them in their souls and bodies [1 Cor 6:20], and the Lord is glorified in their bringing forth much fruit [John 15:8]. And they witness the seed, the one offering for sin and transgression [Heb 10:14], to be manifest within; and such are not reprobates, that witness the one offering Christ Jesus; but they that have him not within, are reprobates [2 Cor 13:5].
GF8:248 (1684): And as you have received Christ, so walk in him [Col 2:6], and know him to rule in your hearts by faith [Eph 3:17]. For herein (as Christ said) is my Father glorified; that you bring forth much heavenly fruit [John 15:8], and that your spiritual and heavenly light may shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven [Mat 5:16].
HPS 509 (Katharine Whitton, 1681): But living praises to the Lord, who in every age is ready to reward the faithful, in what hour soever they labour in his vineyard [Mat 20:1-14]; and there is not one member, though never so little, if in the body, nor instrument, though never so weak, if prepared of the Lord, but all needful and useful in their places [1 Cor 12:12-27], to the dressing of the vineyard of the Lord [Isa 5:7], and for the plucking up of those hurtful weeds that cumber the tender plants. And dear Friends, let this be done in God's pure fear [Psa 19:9 LXX], and heavenly wisdom [Jas 3:17], with a tender care over every weak plant, that it may be nourished within good ground [Mat 13:8,23], that it may bring forth fruit to God's glory; for thereby, saith he, am I glorified, that ye bring forth much fruit [John 15:8].
[Other texts citing John 15:10: HPS 144 (John 4:12- 14)]
WPR 225f, WPT 28 (1668): [quotes John 15:10] From whence this argument doth naturally arise: If none are truly justified that abide not in Christ's love, and that none abide in his love who keep not his commandments, then consequently none are justified but such as keep his commandments. Besides, here is the most palpable opposition to an imputative righteousness that may be; for Christ is so far from telling them of such a way of being justified, as that he informs them the reason why he abode in his Father's love, was his obedience; and is so far from telling them of their being justified, whilst not abiding in his love, by virtue of his obedience imputed unto them, that unless they keep his commands, and obey for themselves, they shall be so remote from an acceptance, as wholly to be cast out [John 15:6]; in all which Christ is but our example.
15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another [BT: together], as I have loved you. qtext
15:13 Greater love hath no man than this [GT: +than this hath no man], that a [G: when any] man lay down [G: bestoweth; BT: bestow] his life for his friends. qtext
15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. qtext
15:15 Henceforth I call [GBT: call I] you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord [G: master] doeth: but I have called you [BT: you have I called] friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known [T: opened] unto [GBT: to] you. qtext
15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should [GT: that ye; B: to] go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should [GT: omit] remain: that whatsoever ye shall [B: omits] ask of the Father in my name, he may [T: should] give it you.
15:17 These things [BT: This] I command [GBT: command I] you, that ye love one another [BT: together].
(John 15:13) GF7: 100 ; DG143; JN1:155; HPS 209
(John 15:14-19) GF5: 147
(John 15:14) DGA 77, 142; MFU 261; WPR 226; WPT 29, 98; WTG 106 (SM); 342, 356 (AM)
(John 15:14f) GF7: 41 ; GF8: 286 ; MFU 173; WPR 73
(John 15:15) GF7: 177 ; DGA 108
[John 15:17 see John 15:12]
[Other texts citing John 15:12: MFU 210 (John 5:24)
GF7:317 (1668): Carnal men may set up worships, who have not the same spirit and power the apostles had. And such lead people into sects and heaps, and lead people out of the spirit, and persecute one another about their worships, which is not the way of truth, nor the command of Christ, but on the contrary, "to love one another [John 15:12]." So all that worship in the spirit and truth [John 4:23f], come to the spirit and truth in their own hearts, and love one another, and love enemies [Mat 5:44].
HPS 208f (Katharine Evans & Sarah Chevers, prisoners of the Inquisition, 1662): The Lord God ... did send his faithful messenger, ... armed with the whole armour of light [Rom 13:12], [who] went to the Lord Inquisitor to demand our lawful liberty, which would not be granted...; the Lord ... moved our dear brother to offer his own body to redeem ours, but it would not be received; then he offered to lay down his own dear and precious life for our liberty: Greater love can no man have, than to lay down his life for his Friend [John 15:13]; the Lord will restore it to his bosom double [Exo 22:4/Job 42:10]; his service can never be blotted out; his name is called Daniel Baker; his outward being is near London, a right dear and precious heart he is.
GF7:41 (1653): Therefore in that which is eternal, dwell, as a royal priesthood [1 Pet 2:9], in that which comes from him by whom the world was made; who to all your souls is a Friend [John 15:14f], from whence the refreshing is received. So the Lord God Almighty preserve and keep you all, that in his life, dread, and power ye may be preserved.
GF7:177 (1659): ... keep your habitation every where in the truth of God, and let your lights be shining [Mat 5:16], and your lamps burning, and have oil in your lamps [Mat 25:4], and salt in yourselves [Mark 9:50] to savour withal, that he may grow up into Christ Jesus, by whom all things were made, that were made [John 1:3]; that through him ye may know all things [John 15:15/1 Jn 2:20]. And so, live in him, that destroys the enmity; and in him sit, in Christ Jesus, in whom ye have unity, life, peace, and salvation.
15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it [T: he (2x)] hated me before it hated you. qtext
15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but [BT: howbeit] because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you [T: hateth you the world]. qtext
(John 15:18) GF8: 150 , 181 ; JN1: 72; EQ 110 (JN); HPS 344 (EB)
(John 15:18f) GFJN 68; GF2: 252; JN1: 73 (RF), 80; JN3: 19, 93; RBA 109; RBAF 81; EQ 345 (BC); WPR 72
(John 15:19) GFJN 402; GF5: 172; GF8: 256 ; GFEJ 453; LB (E90); MFS 115; MFU 74, 191; JN1: 76 (RF), 89, 237, 254, 388, 394; 397 (JA); JN2: 6, 7, 13, 82; JN3: 36, 99, 102, 130; WDS 63, 110, 123; EQ 101 (WD); 375 (IP); IP1: 95, 329; IP2: 127, 144, 178, 277, 282; IP3: 59, 314; IP4: 348; HPS 234 (MF); WPR 37, 62, 137
(John 15:19f) IP1: 340
[Other texts citing John 15:18: EQ 110 (underHeb 13:8)]
GF8:181 (1679): And now, ye babes of Christ, if the world do hate you, it hated Christ your Lord and master also [John 15:18]; if they do mock, and reproach, and defame, and buffet you, they did so to your Lord and master also [John 15:20]; who was and is the green tree [Luke 23:31], that gives nourishment to all his branches, [John 15:4f] his followers.
(John 15:19) GFJN 402 (under Rev 13:8), MFU 191(Mat 22:30), JN1:388 (Gen 11:1-9), JN2:7 (Mat 24:14), IP2:144f (Heb 10:33), IP2:282 (Rev 2:9), IP4:348 (Mat 13:47f), WPR 62 (Mat 11:8), WPR 137 (John 16:33)]
MFS 115, HPS 234 (1694): It having pleased Almighty God to take away my dear husband out of this evil, troublesome world, who was not a man thereof, being chosen out of it [John 15:19], and [who] had his life and being in another region, and his testimony was against the world, that the deeds thereof were evil [John 3:19], and therefore the world hated him [John 15:19]; So I am now to give in my account and testimony for my dear hsuband, who the Lord has taken unto his blessed kingdom and glory.
[Other texts citing John 15:19f: IP1:340 (under Heb 10:32)]
15:20 Remember the word [T: saying] that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord [G: his master; B: the lord]. If they have persecuted me, they will also [G: they will; T: so will they] persecute you [G: +also]; if they have kept my saying [G: word], they will [G: they will also; T:P so will they] keep yours also [GT omit]. qtext
15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not [GBT: have not known] him that sent me. qtext
15:22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had [GT: should not have had; B: should have had no] sin: but now they have [GBT: have they] no cloke for their sin [BT: nothing to cloke their sin withal] . qtext
15:23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also [T: omits].
15:24 If I had not done among them the works [GT: works among them] which none other man did, they had not had [B: should have had no] sin: but now have they both [T: omits] seen and [G: +have; T: +yet have] hated both me and [B: not only me, but also] my Father.
15:25 But this cometh to pass, [G: But it is; T: even] that the word [T: saying] might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. qtext
15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even [T: which is] the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from [GBT: of] the Father, he shall testify of me: qtext
[cf John 14:17, 16:13]
15:27 And ye also shall bear witness [GBT: shall bear (G omits) witness also], because ye have been with me from the beginning.
(John 15:20) GF2: 252; GF4: 331; GF8:181 ; JN1: 72 (RF), 80, 122, 391; JN2: 147; WPR 74
(John 15:20f) GF6: 129; MFU 346; JN1: 12 (GF)
(John 15:21) WPR 336
(John 15:22) MFU 166; JN1: 58; JN2: 401 (TB), 442, 464; HPS 331f
(John 15:24f) GF5: 147
(John 15:25) MFU 333, 346; JN1: 82
(John 15:26) GF3: 47, 180, 463; GF6: 245, 254, 395; GF7: 123 ; GF8: 168 , 208 , 238 ; LB (SP4); MFS 41; JN3: 394, 397, 437; IP1: 364; IP3: 260; IP4: 118 [cf John 14:17, 16:13]
[Other texts citing John 15:20: GF8:181 (John 15:18)]
JN1:122 (1653): It is no new thing for the dearest servants and children of God to be a discourse, a reproach [Psa 22:6, 31:11], a taunt and byword [Psa 44:14], a wonder and a scorn to fools and wicked men, and to have the belly-god [Phil 3:19] and drunkard to make songs [Psa 69:12] of their said and afflicted conditions, and to be called by nicknames such as it pleaseth Ishmael's brood [Gen 21:9] to cast upon them, to be called devils, deceivers, heretics, fanatics, madmen [John 10:20], quakers, and such like; but it is that the same scriptures may be fulfilled in the saints that were in Christ their example : "As they have done unto me, so will they do unto you [margin: Luk 23:31]; it they keep my sayings, they will also keep yours [John 15:20]; if they have called the good man of the house Beelzebub, how much more them of his household [Mat 10:25]."
[Other texts citing John 15:20f: JN1:12 (John 13:15)]
MFU 346 (1661): The God of heaven and earth ... is risen in this nation in power & in life & light & in glory in his saints, in a people despised & hated of all or the most of men, not for any evil deeds nor any transgressions but for their separation from the rest of the people of the nations, & for living unto God in righteousness & true holiness [Eph 4:24], & so the scripture is fulfilled, they that depart from iniquity become a prey [Isa 59:15], & Christ's words is fulfilled who said, They should be persecuted & hated for his names sake [John 15:20f] & for no other cause.
MFU 166 (1655): And thou saith you only believe such prophecies as in Scripture is set down. Nay, you do not believe the prophecies in the Scriptures, who hath not the Spirit of prophecy which is the testimony of Jesus [Rev 19:10]. For no prophecy of old came by the will of man, but holy men spoke as they were moved of the holy ghost [2 Pet 1:21]. And you that knows not the holy ghost, doth not believe the prophecies of Scripture though ye have them to talk of, and profess which is but a cloak for your sin [John 15:22].
JN2:401 (Thomas Biddle, 1655): What and where that light is that enlightens every man that comes into the world [John 1:9], which being come into the world is the condemnation of all those that are in darkness because of their evil deeds [John 3:19f]? And whether this be not the condemnation of all the world that believe not in it but walk in darkness; and whether there be any other condemnation but it, seeing Christ said, If I had not come ye had not had sin [John 15:22]?
[Other texts citing John 15:25: MFU 346 (John 15:20f)]
(John 15:26) Often cited in association with John 16:13
IP1:364 (1660): And this is the way of antichrist's prevailing, by getting the form, crying up that, winding his own fleshly spirit into that, and sheltering himself under that. Thus the Jews cried up the temple of the Lord, the sabbath, the law of Moses, and writings of the prophets; and under this cover, with great zeal persecuted Christ; he was looked upon as a blasphemer, as one against God's temple, his sabbath, his ordinances, &c. And since the days of Christ, the antichristian spirit speaks great words of Christ; his death, resurrection, ascension , intercession, &c., and of church order and discipline, that, under this cover, it may fight against the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth [John 15:26]; who alone can lead into truth [John 16:13], and which is the proper way of God's ministration since God's ascension. And this hath been the way of opposing truth ever since, and still is: and here is the antichrist, he that holds these in the wrong part, and by these fights against the true Spirit.
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