The Disciples’ Relation to the World

Wednesday January 30, 2019

Dr. Richard L. Hamm

Jesus alerted His disciples to the fact of the world’s hatred toward them. He warned His followers that because the world hated Him, they would also hate them. The world in John’s Gospel is the system of organized society hostile to God, which is under Satan’s power (14:30). Believers should not be surprised by this hostility (1 Peter 4:12–13). Jesus was hated from His birth (when Herod the Great sought to kill Him) to His death on the cross.Conversely, being friends with the world is to be God’s enemy (James 4:4).