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John 15.18-24
Posted: 20 January 2012 in John

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.

Following the fall the world, en masse, is in rebellion against God. Unless he chose some out of the world, and called them to himself, none would be saved. That seems to be what is implied in the above verses. Jesus’ entry into the world brought with it a two edged sword. One edge bringing salvation to those whom the Father has chosen, but the other edge bringing into full view the world’s hatred of both Jesus and his Father.

There is no sense in which the will of God can be frustrated by men, and the only rational thing for them to do is to bend themselves to it. But such is the corruption of sin, that we refuse God the worship which is his due.

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