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(John 15:1-3)  I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman [a land-worker, i.e. farmer]. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away [“and cast them into the fire, and they are burned” v.6]: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean [clean, clear, pure] through the word which I have spoken unto you.

1.       vine = Gk: a vine (as coiling about a support).

2.       (Mat 26:26-29)  And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup [of wine], and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission [forgiveness] of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

3.       fruit = Gk: karpos; fruit (as plucked) /// harpazo, har-pad'-zo; to seize (in various applications):--catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take (by force).

4.       (1 Th 4:17)  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up [harpazo] together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

5.       (Eccl 12:7)  Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

6.       purgeth = Gk: kathairo, kath-ah'ee-ro; to cleanse, i.e. (spec.) to prune /// katharos, kath-ar-os’; clean, clear, pure.

7.       (Heb 12:6-8)  For whom the Lord loveth [“every branch that beareth fruit”] he chasteneth, and scourgeth [to flog] every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards [an illegitimate son], and not sons.

8.       chasteneth = Gk: to train up a child, i.e. educate, or (by impl.) discipline (by punishment):--chasten (-ise), instruct, learn, teach.

9.       (Eph 5:25-27)  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify [make holy] and cleanse it [katharizo, kath-ar-id'-zo; to cleanse: purge, purify] with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

10.   washing = Gk: 3067. loutron, loo-tron'; a bath, i.e. (fig.) baptism /// 3068. to bathe (the whole person; whereas G3538 nipto means to wet a part only; to cleanse (espec. the hands or the feet or the face): wash.



(John 13:1-5)  Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot [“Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.” vvs.21-30], Simon's son, to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel [a "linen" cloth, apron [i.e. the priestly office]], and girded himself [to bind about]. After that he poureth water into a basin [nipter], and began to wash [nipto] the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel [priestly office] wherewith he was girded.

1.       (Ezek 44:17,18)  And it shall come to pass, that when they [the priests] enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within. They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat [which signifies the work of their body].

2.       to wash = Gk: 3538. nipto, nip'-to; to cleanse (espec. the hands or the feet or the face).

3.       to wipe them = Gk: to knead out, i.e. (by anal.) to wipe dry /// (to handle or squeeze).

4.       (Exo 30:17-21)  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Thou shalt also make a laver [a washbowl; pulpit or platform (basin)] of brass, and his foot [a stand, i.e. pedestal] also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein. For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands [i.e. work] and their feet [i.e. walk] thereat: When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD: So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed throughout their generations.



(John 13:6-11)  Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash [nipto] my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest [understand] not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash [nipto] my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash [nipto] thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed [bathed (the whole person) - baptized] needeth not save to wash [nipto] his feet, but is clean [katharos; clean, clear, pure] every whit [completely, altogether]: and ye are clean [katharos; clean, clear, pure], but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean [katharos; clean, clear, pure].

1.       washing = Gk: 3067. loutron, loo-tron'; a bath, i.e. (fig.) baptism /// 3068. to bathe (the whole person; whereas G3538 nipto means to wet a part only; to cleanse (espec. the hands or the feet or the face):  wash.

2.       (Rom 6:3)  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized [to make whelmed (i.e. fully wet)] into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

3.       (Gal 3:26,27)  For ye are all the children of God by faith [belief] in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ [(in the sense of sinking into a garment)].



(John 13:12-17)  So after he had washed [nipto] their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know [understand] ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord [supreme in authority] and Master [instructor: teacher], have washed [nipto] your feet; ye also ought to wash [nipto] one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know [understand] these things, happy [makarios; supremely blest; fortunate, well off: blessed] are ye if ye do them.

1.       What is the fruit?

2.       What did Jesus wash His disciples’ feet with?

3.       What did it symbolize?

4.       What are we commanded to wash our brother’s feet with?

5.       What about my brother’s hands?

6.       What will the result be for the Lord, for our brother, for us, if we do these things?

7.       What/Who did the work?


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