October 29, 2023
There will be no Bible study on Thursday November 9th .
“The world hates you.”
There is a bright red line between verse 17 and verse 18.
In verses 12-17, we have the love of Christ.
In verses 18-25, we have the hatred of the world.
If you are a believer in Christ, this is your life.
In Christ you will be loved.
In the world you will be hated.
There is no need to fear the hostility of the world.
When He says “the world”, He is talking about a particular group of people.
Sometimes the world refers to the human race. For God so loved the world….
Other times the world refers to all unbelievers, who are in opposition to God.
But here it means a subset of unbelievers: the worst kind of all.
Now these two verses give the general principle.
The world hates Christ.
Because He chose us out of the world, the world hates us too.
Next, Jesus warns about a particular kind of person in the world.
Who persecuted Jesus during His public ministry?
Who persecuted Jesus?
The chief priests and the Pharisees. The religious leaders.
Jesus is talking specifically about religious leaders.
Religion is the enemy of Christ and the gospel.
Religion says that man must make himself holy, perfect. He needs to save himself.
Christ says that man cannot make himself holy. He cannot save himself.
His only hope now is for God to save him.
God sent His one and only Son Jesus Christ to die for the sin of the world.
Man can only believe in Christ, the only Savior, who did the work for him.