My Answers to BSF Bible Study Questions John Lesson 20 Day 5 Day 6
12. “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.”
World—in the Greek, kosmos. Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon gives various ways this word is used in Greek literature—arrangement of stars, constitutions, universe, the heavens, the planet earth, the earth’s inhabitants, the ungodly multitude, worldly affairs, etc.
No other New Testament writer uses kosmos more often than John.
Ungodly multitude fits in the context of this passage. Society apart from God.
The term spiritually blind also fits.
If the world hates me or avoids me, I should examine myself.
Am I like Jesus?
Am I being hated or treated badly for no good reason?
Or am I conceited or rude? Judgmental or mean? Lazy or abrasive? Immature or short tempered?
Why is the person upset? Is the person convicted or offended?
Are my words, methods, and motives above reproach or are they self-serving?
Do they hate me because my not-of-this-world interests, plans, values, and philosophies offend them?
Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you. 1 Peter 2:20 NLT
13. Why we should not retreat from the world.
The world hated and persecuted Jesus. If we bear fruit and the world hates us for it, remember Jesus’ example—The opposition of the proud, the wealthy, the educated, or the men of power, no persecution or insulting remarks deterred Jesus from his work. (Barnes)
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (NLT)
Jesus didn’t spend time with the Pharisees and their associates or the religious scholars who thought they had their act together. “He said, “I’ve come to call notorious sinners to rethink their lives and turn to God.” (The Voice)
I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. (NLT)
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Paul became a slave by his own free will to everyone in hopes that he would gather more believers.
He said, “I’m flexible, adaptable, and able to do and be whatever is needed for all kinds of people so that in the end I can use every means at my disposal to offer them salvation.” (The Voice)
Dear friend, don’t let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God’s children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God. (NLT)
a. Jesus was speaking to His apostles (which means special messengers).
“So when the apostles (which means special messengers) were with Jesus…He replied, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NLT)
Not that all believers shouldn’t receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us and care about the world, but He gives us different gifts and callings. Today, there are more ways to “go” than ever.
b. Jesus said, “If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.”
The world will hate us because we do not belong to the world. As new creations, we are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus warned us so we know what to expect.
Those of us who remain in Christ do it because we remain in the vine.
Nothing can stop the testimony of believers who abide.
DAY 6: Review of Lesson 20
I’m challenged to maintain a close communion with Jesus—Stay in intimate fellowship and obey.
When we maintain a living communion with Jesus, He calls us friends. Just as He and God are co-laborers, Jesus sees us as His co-laborers.
Father, thank you for our great love for Jesus and the world. Thank you for sending Jesus. May I learn to love while I’m here. And may I bear much fruit bringing glory to Your wonderful, holy name! Amen.
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 20 Day 5 Day 6 ~ John 15:18–16:4