Sunday, October 4, 2015

John 15:18-25 comments: no excuses

18 ¶  If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19  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. 20  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. 21  But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. 22  If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. 23  He that hateth me hateth my Father also. 24  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. 25  But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

Regardless of how well you get along with people who do not know Christ the simple fact is that many will hate you simply because you are His. The world systems and the people who slavishly follow them cannot bear the thought that they need a Saviour or that Christ is that Saviour. The same goes with most church organizations. Churches, particularly conservative ones, fundamentalists, are often run by control freaks who simply want to establish their own cult where their own convictions will be followed as if their own words came right from God’s mouth.

The key issue that makes the rest of the world angry is Christ’s claim to deity, to being God in the flesh. Although, we have seen that very clearly stated in the Gospel According to John there are some things you will hear and read the world doing to show their contempt for Christ. Some will deny that Jesus ever said He was God or the Messiah or the Christ, which is obviously not the case if you read the gospels and the rest of the New Testament writings. Others will attack the Bible, particularly the last major Bible version before man’s worship of his own intellect and reasoning ability became predominant in the period of time called The Enlightenment. Even others will attack this particular gospel, The Gospel According to John, because it presents Christ so clearly as God in the flesh. This Bible version, more than almost any other, uplifts and glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ as God and the world and Satan cannot tolerate that.

The world can love Gandhi and King and Christ, if He is nothing more than a great teacher who was martyred for His beliefs. The world can adore Buddha and Mohammed and extol the virtues of Hegel, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Kant, Hume, and Marx. The world will list any of the so-called great teachers as an avatar sent to teach mankind truth. “The Coming One” of Alice Bailey’s new age doctrine adopted by the editors of the New King James Bible  in Matthew 11:3 put Jesus in that list. So did the Satanist, Madame Blavatsky, who in her The Secret Doctrine insisted that Christ and Satan/Lucifer are the same individual since Satan was to her the Saviour of mankind like The New International Version in Isaiah 14:12 and Revelation 22:16.(22)  Even Islam will venerate Christ as a great one.

But, the world cannot tolerate Christ as God and will hate you for insisting on it. Speaking specifically about the religious elite that had Jesus in their crosshairs He tells His disciples that what they have done and will do to Him the disciples should expect to receive the same, whether it be good or bad. The evil things that await the disciples are done to them because those who do them do not know the God of the Bible, who is their Creator .

The world has no excuse and cannot claim ignorance of Christ as He is the most talked about personage in history. There is more evidence of Christ from historical documents than there is of any other person in history. The Bible has been printed in hundreds of millions of copies in hundreds of languages and missionaries have traveled the length and breadth of the earth. Certainly, the Jewish elite of His time had no excuse. Finally, He states that those who hold Him in contempt hold God in contempt. If a person does not believe in Christ, he does not believe in God. It is that simple and that exclusionary. All faith traditions are not equal. There is truth and there are lies. All those who worship Allah, venerate Buddha, sacrifice in a Hindu temple, extol the genius of Marx, or imagine a soon-to-arrive avatar sent to lead mankind into a glorious age are deceived and deceivers themselves, and liars.

John 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Acts 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

In verse 25 Jesus alludes to the Psalms. Jesus uses the phrase, “the law,” to include to the Psalms as He did in 10:34.

Psalm 35:19  Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.

Psalm 69:4  They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

(22) Lucis Trust, pamphlet adapted from Alice Bailey, The Reappearance of the Christ, 1947.,   & H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine , 540.

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