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The World Hates You

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The World Hates You - Duh

Sunday, November 23, 2008

"Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you."

(1 John 3:13, ESV)

"You will be hated by all for my name’s sake."

(Luke 21:17, ESV)

"I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world." (John 17:14, ESV)

1. “That the world hates you.” John (along with the brothers) endures the opposition a sinful world expresses toward Christians. Note In some versions it reads “If the world hates you,” like it is optional - John is not predicting the possibility that this may occur but instead that it is certain. The word “if” in this sentence actually is equivalent to “that”: “Do not be surprised that the world hates you.”

2. This verse flows naturally from the one above because John moves from the actions and attitudes of Cain toward Abel to the attitude of the world toward Christians as he says "Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you."

3. Cain is the prototype of this world and the devil is the prince of this world, (the spiritual father of Cain). It is therefore only to be expected that the spiritual descendants of Cain will continue to hate and persecute the spiritual descendants of Abel.

As Matthew Henry notes, “The great serpent himself reigns as the God of this world. Wonder not then that the serpentine world hates and hisses at you who belong to that seed of the woman that is to bruise the serpent’s head.”

4. “Do not be surprised.” Believers were and are astounded by the hatred they endure from the world around them. We don’t expect any hatred. John says, “Stop being surprised.” The world is filled with Cain’s descendants who will express their hatred toward the children of God.

5. “brothers.” John, too, experiences the hatred of the world, and therefore he puts himself next to his readers. He calls them “brothers.” The address John usually employs in his epistle is either “dear children” or “dear friends.” But in this verse, and only here, he uses the word brothers.

6. These words echo Jesus’ warning that Christians will be hated by the world. If we were of this world it would love us, but because God has chose us out of this world - it hates us. This is why the doctrine of election is one of the most hated by the world.

“If the world hates 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, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me." (John 15:18-21, ESV)

7. Perseverance through the hatred increases our faith and shows us that we are true believers.

"and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved." (Matthew 10:22, ESV)

"And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved." (Mark 13:13, ESV)

8. Rejoice, because the hatred of the name of Jesus by all nations is a clear sign the end will come real soon.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." (Matthew 24:9-14, ESV)

9. As we close today let us remember that the Lord has told us we are blessed when people hate us and when they exclude, revile and spurn your name as evil for His names sake.

"“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!" (Luke 6:22, ESV)

"Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect." (Hebrews 11:36-40, ESV)

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