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The Father is the Husbandman of the Good Fruit of Christianity, as Christ said: "15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman" (John 15:1 KJV). Grafting is also done to vastly increase the crop.
"15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you [see Living Waters; also A Brainwashed World]. 15:4 Abide 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.
Until the return of Christ (see The Coming World Dictator), the world remains controlled by Satan (see Who Still Rules The World Today?; also The End Of The World?), the liar and father of lies (see Satan's Language). Christ warned His disciples that they would be hated for the Truth just as He was.
"15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. 15:22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. 15:23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also. 15:24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 15:25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
John Chapter 16
Christ warned that the greatest danger to His true people will come, not from atheists, but those that "think that he doeth God service" (John 16:2 KJV). Does that mean non-Christian-professing people who will do that? No, it means people who claim to be Christian - that's why Christ spoken of them in: "7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:21-23 KJV; see also I Did It My Way).
"16:1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 16:3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. 16:4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you." (John 16:1-4 KJV)
Although His disciples spent years being personally taught by Christ, they did not, could not, fully understand His words until the Holy Spirit enabled them (see When Their Eyes Were Opened).
"16:5 But now I go my way to him that sent me [see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?]; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? 16:6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
The disciples' "What is this that he saith unto us" (John 16:17 KJV) plainly shows that their eyes were not yet fully opened.
"16:17 Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father? 16:18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.
John Chapter 17
Jesus' prayer "17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was" makes plain that Christ was with God from the beginning - and more (see Christ The Creator; also Why Did Christ Put Moses To Death?).
"17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said,
Jesus then prayed for His disciples (see Disciples of Christ).
"17:6 I have manifested thy name [see also The Manifestation Of Faith] unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 17:7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 17:10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
Jesus then prayed for all believers, including you, if you truly live by what He taught.
"17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
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