We Are Not Of This World

John 15:18-19–If the world hates you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

John 17:14–I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

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Two days ago we looked at our need for deliverance from this present evil world.  Today we look at the fact that we have received our deliverance and are no longer of this world.

The world signifies all those opposed to Jesus, who rejects Him and His saving grace.  If we find the world hating us then we must remember that it hated Jesus first.  We were once of this world.  We were born into it, received of its nature and character and were one with it.  But we were chosen out of the world. We were born of the Spirit of God into a different, spiritual world and received the spiritual nature and character of this spiritual world.  We received the word of God and the receiving of the word initiated the change in us that made us to no longer be of this world.  We are in the physical world but no longer of the physical world.  We are not to be conformed to this world but to be transformed (changed) by the renewing of our mind.  When our thinking gets right our lives will be changed.  We are to think, speak, and act differently.  And as we think, speak, and act differently, we should not be surprised if the world hates us.  If they hated and persecuted Jesus, the more we become like Jesus the more the world will hate and persecute us.

We can have peace–Jesus said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).  Jesus said that in the midst of the tribulation we face in this world, we are to be of good cheer because He has overcome the world and in Him we can have peace.  This is the peace of God which passes all understanding.  Even when we have and experience this peace, we will not be able to understand it, and won’t be able to explain the fullness of it to others.