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STUDY 21: JOHN 15:18 -16:4 – THE FACT OF THE WORLD’S HATRED

© Rosemary Bardsley 2009

In his final teaching to his eleven disciples, Jesus has already:

When we move on to the next section of his teaching, we realize how essential all of the above is for them to hear, and how essential it is for them to love each other with this great love.

 

A. WHY THE WORLD HATES JESUS’ FOLLOWERS

Jesus now begins to talk about the world’s hatred.

From the following verses explain why the world hates those who belong to Jesus.

15:18,20

15:19

15:20,21

15:22,24

15:23

15:23,24

16:2

16:3

From these verses we learn that ‘the world’ has a completely different origin and identity from those who belong to Jesus. Though we once belonged to the world and shared its values we do so no longer. We now belong to Jesus, and we now identify with his origin and his values. So Jesus identifies that:

 

B. HOW THIS HATRED IS EXPRESSED

From the following verses describe how the world’s hatred of Jesus’ followers is expressed.

15:20

 

16:2

16:

 

 

C. HOW TO COPE WITH THE WORLD’S HATRED

In the context of forewarning his friends of the world’s hatred, Jesus gives them a number of coping mechanisms.

From these verses identify how we are to cope with the world’s hatred.

15:20

15:26

15:27

16:1

16:4

Persecution and hatred has a high potential, humanly speaking, to make people give up and turn aside from their ‘faith’. Jesus, knowing that these eleven disciples, his friends, will face hatred and persecution said: ‘All this I have told you so that you will not go astray’ [16:1]. And here we have the one coping strategy above all others: that we keep going back to the teaching of Jesus, because it is the truths contained in that teaching that will continually remind us of and strengthen our faith.