15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
17 These things I command you, that you love one another.
The law made men servants. Grace makes them friends, as Abraham was before the law (Isaiah 41:8; James 2:23).
servant (v.15) = bondsman, slave
made known to you (v.15) — He spoke to the disciples clearly and in detail.
appointed (v.16) = set apart, again, referring to the disciples
The fruit (v.16) is tied to what is asked in Christ's name — in other words, what is done in His will.
They must love one another (v.17) because the world will hate them (following verses).
love (John 13:34; John 15:12)