John 15:18-19 – Yee Are Not of the World, “If the world hate you, yee know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: But because yee are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (double “ee” is Spiritual, single is Physical)
The good news to those today that have heard God’s word and believe it “are not”, I repeat “are not”, of the world. Jesus is clear in his message in these versus explaining to his followers, and to us today, what can be expected from this physical world, if we believe that Jesus is the Son of God who came and died for our sins. Simply put if the world hates you for what you believe, know that it first hated Jesus, to the point the only thing they concluded they could do to silence him was to kill him.
How is this good news? Look around you today how are things looking to you? Can we be pleased with the choices we see being made by those around us, by leaders who represent us, by our world that seems to be in turmoil? The good news in our conclusions to these questions is that nothing in this world has any lasting effect on our life eternal, we are established by our faith in Jesus Christ and our feet are securely planted in the kingdom of God. Believing this to be truth changes us at the very core of our being and like Jesus we then can consider ourselves “not of this world.”
Our hearts can be set on fire with fear and we may feel overcome by the terrors we experience in our lives and see as others we know go thru, or just the daily reporting of the conditions around the world. Read Psalm 55 and see the answer to the oppression of living in the world but not being a part of it, calling upon God in our distress, as King David of the Old Testament did, praying , praising, and seeking God for our deliverance. This is our answer, fall to our knees and seek God!