Jesus continues his discourse with his disciples and as he does he describes ultimately what sends unbelievers to an eternity in hell. These verses may seem a little confusing at first but when you apply them to the context of the situation then you see the truth in it.
John 15:22-24 – 22If 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.
First, Scripture is very clear that we are all sinners. Romans 3:23, “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 5:12 – 13 – 12“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned. 13For sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.”
What Jesus is talking about is that in the fact that he gave full revelation of himself in all the miracles and words that he proclaimed and they still rejected Jesus as the Savior. That is what it ultimately comes down to. Yes, there are sins in our lives that show our heart and how wicked, evil and inherently sinful we are. In that sin, we and the world display our willful rejection of Jesus Christ as the redeemer for our sin.
What does Jesus say about that willful rejection of him? We are God Haters! Whoa! You are calling me what? You see God has clearly revealed himself to us. As we look at Creation, Jesus, the cross, the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Bible we have the full revelation of God before us. In Jesus, God has shown that he has total authority over all things in this world. In Jesus, he shows that all truth of what sin is and what sin is not is displayed to the world. Therefore, we see the prophecy of Scripture fulfilled as Jesus quotes from Psalm 35:19.
John 15:25 – But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: “They hated me without a cause.”
There is nothing that Jesus has done that should give anyone any reason to hate him. Scripture tells us in Romans 8:7, “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law, indeed, it cannot.” We see in this verse where the hatred comes from. God has all authority over us and if we are unwilling to submit to his authority we will be hostile to God. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love me you will keep my commandments.” If you are unwilling to submit to God’s authority then you hate God. If you are unwilling to submit to what God calls Holy and Righteous then you hate God. If you are more concerned about having your sin condoned and justified rather than repent and turn from them you hate God. I know that sounds harsh but that is what Jesus says.
That is so prevalent in the world today as we continue to pervert the relationship between man and woman and the marriage that God has designed. I mean that in a homosexual and heterosexual sense. 1 million abortions a year in America. Alcohol sales at an all-time high. Eat, drink and be merry! There will be judgment upon all of that.
Jesus said in John 3:19, “And this is the judgment, the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather that the light because their works were evil.” Sometimes we try to make excuses that may be they just don’t know. But they do know. A lot of it is they just love their sin. Is there a sin you need to repent of? Is there a sin you love so much you are unwilling to repent of and turn away from? As we look at others may we not forget to look at ourselves.
But, there is Hope! Though Jesus has completed his task of dying for the sins of mankind and was resurrected from the dead by the power of God. The Holy Spirit will come and he will continue to convict and show the truth of our need of a Savior. The revelation of Jesus will still be shown to the world.
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.
If we are true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ we also get to witness of the light of the Gospel to a dark world. There is Hope! May we truly show our love for the Lord Jesus and tell others about what he has done to set them free from their sin.