John 15:18-21

The World Hates the Disciples

18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’[a] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.

John 15:18-21 In-Context

16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
17 This is my command: Love each other.
18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.
22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.
23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well.

Cross References 7

  • 1. Isaiah 66:5; John 7:7; 1 John 3:13
  • 2. ver 16
  • 3. John 17:14
  • 4. S John 13:16
  • 5. 2 Timothy 3:12
  • 6. Isaiah 66:5; Matthew 5:10,11; Matthew 10:22; Luke 6:22; Acts 5:41; 1 Peter 4:14; Revelation 2:3
  • 7. John 16:3

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