Living in the Vine, Part 3
Near the end of His ministry, Jesus spoke plainly about our three primary relationships; our relationship with Him, our relationship with other believers and our relationship with the world. In this lesson, we are focusing on our relationship with the world and what we are to expect.
Living In The Vine
Part 3 Our Relationship With The World
Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – May 28th, 2017
- Overview of John 15 – In John Chapter 15 Jesus is talking with His disciples about our three primary relationships. Our relationship with the trinity, our relationships with other believers, and our relationship with the world. These teaching are very, very important.
- Outline of John 15 – Verses 1-11 deal with the believer’s relationship with Christ. The key term in this section of the chapter is abide; used ten times in these eleven verses, it emphasizes union.
- Verses 12-17 focus on the believer’s relationship with other believers. Love is the key word in this section, used four times in the six verses; the emphasis here is on communion.
- Verses 18-27 highlight the believer’s relationship with the world. The key word is hate, used eight times in just ten verses. And this is the worlds hatred for Jesus and for us, not us hating the world. The emphasis of this last section is on disunion.
John 15:18-25 ESV
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 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. 20 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. 21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’
As we turn the pages of the New Testament, our fingers become stained with the blood of the martyrs. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, Paul, James, Jude, Philemon – all were persecuted and died for the faith. They sealed this book with their blood and they taught us with their lives and with their words; that there would be suffering and persecutions . . . Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit said it this way:
2 Tim 3:12 ESV
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted
It is not a matter of if, but when, what and how. The good news is that Jesus also promised us:
John 16:33 ESV
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
In John 15, Jesus told us why the world will hate us. Knowing why, will give you understanding to know if it is hatred based upon your relationship with Christ, or on something else. Knowing why will help you to be prepared and then will help you to know what to do.
John 15:18-20 ESV
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 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. 20 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.
The world will hate you because you are not of the world
- “If the world…” – what is “the world”? Anyone or anything that is not connected and Abiding in Jesus Christ the “true vine”. Typically, when I think of the “world” I think of worldliness along the lines of 1 John 2:16
1 John 2:16 ESV
For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.
I think this “worldliness” is a secondary focus, with the primary focus in this context given at the end of this teaching in John 16:2
John 16:2 ESV
They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.
- The primary definition of “the world” is a religion or a religious belief that is not rooted and founded in Jesus Christ. All the apostles, and all those who have ever been martyred for their faith, have been killed by those of another religious belief. Jewish, animistic, atheistic, secularists, relativists, Catholic, Hindu, and Muslim . . .
- “Hates” means – to put to flight, to pursue, to detest, to persecute, to love less, to chase like a wild beast.
- It is because of Jesus we are hated, because they hated him before that hated us. And they hate us because of him. Because Jesus choose us out of the world, and transformed us into something new, we are hated for it.
- The world always wants conformity. It has a certain pattern or mold that it expects everyone to fit into. It loves those who fit the mold and hates those who don’t.
Rom 12:2 NIV
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.
- Conform – is to be like something else – (camo – you can look like a tree, but you will never become a tree) – think this way, act this way, look this way. Fit into the mold. To be transformed is to become something else (worm into butterfly – I am not who I was). We become the body of Christ. – Christian – “little Christs”.
The world will hate you because they do not know God the Father
John 15:21-23 ESV
But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also.
- Because people reject Jesus, they do not know God. You cannot say you love God but hate Jesus, because whoever hates Jesus, hates God the Father also.
- The world will hate Jesus because they are guilty of sin and they reject Him as their Savior and Lord. Jesus came to save the world, but those who do not believe are condemned.
John 3:17-21 ESV
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been carried out in God.”
- Jesus came to save – but people don’t believe because they love the darkness rather than the light.
The world will hate you because of the words and work of Christ in you
If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’
- We are to do what Jesus did, speak the truth (v 22) and do the works
- The light of goodness reveals the darkness/deeds of sin
- People have a choice to be in the light, or flee and hate the light (this is where we must repent and change)
John 15:26 – 16:4
26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.
1″I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. 3 And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4 But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.
- Be strengthened by the Holy Spirit
- Be steadfast in your witness about Christ
- Be strong in your faith
- Don’t be surprised
- Understand what is going on in the world, continue to do good because of Christ
Questions for the Ride Home:
- What did you learn that was new to you from today’s message?
- What from today’s message was a good reminder for you?
- Where do you need to become more Christ like in your words and actions?