Hatred & the Helper (John 15:18-16-4a)

January 20th, 2016

The Gospel of John: Hatred & the Helper

John 15:18-16:4a

The World’s Hatred (15:18-25)

      Jesus assures His disciples that the world will treat them like they treat Jesus

     If they are truly reflecting Christ

      The implications of this may not have been obvious to them because it was before His arrest and execution

      The world = people who do not know Jesus’ Father (v. 21)

     Their rejection of Christ is what leaves them guilty


The Helper (15:26-27)

      Jesus promises His disciples that they will not be alone in this struggle

      He will send the Helper = The Holy Spirit

     Who will comes from the Father

     Who bears witness about Jesus

      Along with Jesus’ disciples


The Result of Their Witness (6:1-4a)

      Jesus’ words are meant as encouragement

     In light of the persecution that the disciples will face

      Including being cast out from among their Jewish cohorts

     And even being killed

      Service to God (ex. Saul’s persecution of the Church)



      If we are representing Christ correctly to the world

     We should expect for the world to treat us like they treated Jesus

      But, if we are to be persecuted, let it be for doing good and representing Jesus well

     Not for misrepresenting Him



So What?

      Are we representing Jesus well?

     Through the power of His Spirit


Meditation Verse: 1 Peter 3:17

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