Jesus on Persecution
Topic: John Passage: John 15:18–16:4
John 15:18 – 16:4
1. The world hates us because we are not a part of the system.
2. The world hates us because the world hated and hates Jesus.
3. The world hates us because the world does not know God.
The world hates us because we are not a part of the system.
Kosmos - The evil fallen and falling world.
It is the fallen and falling evil system of unregenerate people controlled by Satan.
It is a system of lies, deception, wrong ideas, human ingenuity and human insight devoid of God. It is a system that raises itself against the true knowledge of God.
The world will hate us because the world hated and hates Jesus. (v. 20)
The world will hate us because the world does not know God. (vs. 21-24; 16:3)
“Everyone sins a little, but most people are good by nature.” 67%
“God loves me because I do good.” 40%
“People do not have the ability to turn to God on their own initiative.” 16%
“Of course people have the ability to turn to God on their own initiative.” 84%
“An individual must contribute his or her own effort for personal salvation.” 71%
“A person obtains peace with God by first taking the initiative to seek God and THEN God responds with grace.” 64%
“Christians are the most loved of all people by God, and they are the most hated of all people by Satan. We are the most loved by God, therefore, lavished with all heaven’s blessings. We are the most hated by Satan, and therefore, hit with all hell’s worst. And we live in that world: the most loved, and the most hated; the most blessed and the most assaulted.” John McArthur
The world offers us hatred. We offer Jesus.