Musings From the Gospel of John – Number 40

The Scriptures covered in this post are from John 15:18-27 NASB

John 15:18-27 reads as follows:
If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you as well; if they followed My word, they will follow yours also. But all these things they will do to you on account of My name, because they do not know the One who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. The one who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well. But this has happened so that the word that is written in their Law will be fulfilled: ‘They hated Me for no reason.’

“When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, namely, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, He will testify about Me, and you are testifying as well, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”

In these verses, Jesus is talking directly to His disciples, and I would think, indirectly to us, who also believe that He is indeed the Messiah, the Son of God.

Jesus draws their attention to the fact and contrast between how those of the world, who do not accept His testimony, nor His works, as validation of who He is and His coming from the Father, have hated Him before they hate them.

Hate is a strong word but yet this is the connotation that Jesus deliberately uses. We’re not talking about mild dislike or disagreement, we’re talking about a total rejection and deep contempt. It is a clear contrast between darkness and light.

And to ensure that His disciples understand this contrast, Jesus reminds them, that if they were of the worlds thinking, they would be accepted and loved by those who function and operate within that thinking. But because they are NOT of the world, because Jesus has chosen them out of the world, and they are as such, now associated as being believers in who Jesus is, as their Lord and Saviour, those who are still in the world now will also hate them.

And then to further illustrate this truth, Jesus reminds them what He had told them previously (Matthew 10:24)”A slave is not greater than his master”, is still a valid truth, and as such, if they persecute Jesus, they will also persecute them.

But then Jesus makes an interesting statement with regard to His words and their words. Jesus states that if there are those who will follow (accept) His words now, there will also be those who will follow (accept) their words. Then Jesus makes the following statement:”But all these things they will do to you on account of My name, because they do not know the One who sent Me.

So here Jesus explains why they do not believe, and the reason is clear, because they do not know the One who sent Him. Matthew 7:21-23 comes to mind. There is a big difference between knowing about certain aspects of God (like the Law) and knowing God enough to understand His intent. One aspect focuses on what God asks and the other focuses on why God asks, towards His intent. Plus, to those who spent time studying God’s Word in the Old Testament, the appearance of the expected Messiah should not have come as a surprise. For some insight into what God had already foretold about the coming Messiah, click here and here.

Then Jesus says the following: “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. The one who hates Me hates My Father also.”

And how did Jesus speak to them? By explaining to them how they followed the letter of the Law but missed the intent of the Spirit of the Law.
A prime example being Matthew 23:23. For addition examples click here.

Not to mention, every word that Jesus spoke and everything that Jesus did, came from God the Father. Jesus actually told us that He did nothing in Himself but only did what God His Father directed Him to do. (John 5:19) And because of this reality, Jesus could rightly say, that the one who hates Him, hates His Father also.

Then Jesus adds the following: “If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well. But this has happened so that the word that is written in their Law will be fulfilled: ‘They hated Me for no reason.’ (Psalm 35:19, Psalm 69:4)

So not only had they rejected the words of Jesus that had come from God the Father but they also saw or witnessed the works (miracles) that Jesus performed, that God the Father directed Jesus to do, and they still would not believe.

And finally, in John 15:26-27, Jesus says the following: “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, namely, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, He will testify about Me, and you are testifying as well, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”

Here we see one of the great truths about the Holy Spirit, “He will testify about Me.” Note that the Holy Spirit is sent by Jesus, from God the Father, and His stated responsibility is to do that which testifies about Jesus.

And lastly, Jesus indicates that these disciples of His, who have been with Him from the beginning, shall also be His witnesses, and witness they did!

More to follow.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

9 comments

  1. Excellent musings, Bruce! Totally going in a different direction with this, hope that’s ok! “Note that the Holy Spirit is sent by Jesus, from God the Father, and His stated responsibility is to do that which testifies about Jesus.” I had a phone conversation about this earlier today. At no point does the Holy Spirit say, “worship me!” All of this Holy Spirit veneration that is being promoted by the NAR and Charismatics is an affront to the Triune God. Jesus teaches us about the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit helps us, teaches us and points us to Christ. Those who profess Christ and Him Crucified will receive hatred from the world, both from unbelievers and “believers.” I am so thankful that our Triune God in His Word tells us exactly what to expect now and in the end time. Glad we are on the narrow road together. Love and blessings to you and Peggy!

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  2. We can meet resistance when we truly obey because not all people know Him. Your explanation is so clear and it was just great reading this.

    Worthy is the Lamb! To Him be all glory, honor, and praise!

    Blessings.

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