WE ARE NOT OF THIS WORLD
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (John 15>19)
I am sure if you were about to face a trying situation, it would be very helpful to have prior knowledge of what is lying in wait for you. Jesus knew that after departing from His disciples, they were going face opposition from the world. In our text this week taken from Jn.15D18-27, Jesus lets them know what to expect from the “world” and how to respond to the hostilities they were about to experience. The “world” refers to the organized system under Satanʼs domain that is opposed to God and His Rightful King, Jesus Christ. 1Jn.5D19 gives us a clear distinction. “We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” If you are a believer, you are “not of this world”!
Hated By The World
If you asked non-Christians if “they hated Christians” or “whether they worshipped the devil”, most would reply ‘Noʼ to both questions. But Jesus says (Jn. 15D18), “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.” “If” is not uncertain; itʼs a Greek construction that means, “If the world hates you, and it will”. The Lord wants us to know that behind the worldʼs hatred for us is its hatred for Him. And, as He adds (Jn. 15D23), “He who hates Me hates My Father also.” You canʼt separate Jesus from the Father. Jesus also affirmed that one was either with Him or against Him (Matt. 12D30). The world hates us because Jesus exposes its sin (Jn. 15D22; 7D7; 3D19-20) When Jesus exposes peopleʼs sin, unless the Holy Spirit is convicting them and drawing them to Christ, they react defensively.
We Are Not Of This World
Though we are surrounded by all the horrors and tragedies of life, scripture affirms to us that we are not of this world (Phil. 3D8-14). We are different from the world in so many ways.
● • We have a different perspective of this world. It is not our home (1 Pet. 2D11-12; Heb.13D14; Phil.3D20).
● • We have a different calling: Christ chose us out of this evil world (Jn. 15D16, 19).
● • We have a different Master: Jesus is our Lord, while the world serves Satan (Jn.15D20;12D31; 14D30)
● • We have different knowledge: we know the Father, but the world does not (Jn.15D21)
● • The world standard is not ours. We have absolute moral and cultural standards taken from the Word Of God (Rom.12D2)
● • We have treasures not of this world (Lk.12D33; 1Pet.1D4)
● • We do not war like the world (2Cor.10D3-6)
● • We have peace from out of this world and joy indescribable (Jn. 15D11, Phil.4D7)
● • This world relies on what it can see, but we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5D7)
The list goes on and on…
Christianity is a responsibility. Jesus calls us to proclaim His glory (1 Pet. 2D9). In spite of the worldʼs hatred for us, we should testify to the world of the truth about Jesus Christ (Jn. 15D26-27). It is impossible to accomplish this task without the Spirit of Truth. Without the witness of the Spirit, the disciplesʼ witness would have been powerless! We need HIM too!
We may not be of this world by we are in this world. This means that we are called to be involved. We need to be on the lookout for opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost world around us. That is our calling. To use the words of the Apostle Paul in Eph.6D19-20; we need to pray for “utterance so that we can make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel”. Our witness of Jesus without the Holy Spirit is powerless and empty. We need Him to accomplish the work set before us. If you are already reaching out to the lost world, Keep Working!