This whole post is pretty excellent.
Anyone who has read the 4 gospels will probably be like when they reach John’s. For the uninitiated, John’s gospel will seem unnecessarily “chim” and “loh soh” . For me, John 15:4-7 (in which Christ was speaking to his apostles) was one of those verses which gave rise to these reactions:
Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you…
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