The World and Christians
Unfortunately, the world can’t love Christians. Jesus said “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19). The reason for the hatred is shown in the previous verses and that is because of the saints: abiding in Christ (John 15: 4), bringing forth the fruits of righteousness (verse 5), and living the life of Christ (verse 16). The actions of the non-believers are rebuked by the righteous life and the witness of the faithful (John 7:7; 1 John 3:13).
Jesus had warned his disciples earlier: “But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you” (Matthew 10:17-20). He added, that His followers will be hated by “all for My name’s sake” (verse 22).
Christ’s warning was seen during the early times of the church when governors such as Pilate, Felix, Festus, and Gallio persecuted the peaceful Christians and charged them of being anarchists and rebels. Herod Antipas, Herod Agrippa I, Nero, and Domitian were some of the rulers and emperors before whom believers were forced to appear for false charges (Acts 5:41; 16:22–25; etc.). But in the face of this persecution (2 Corinthians 4:8–12; 1 Corinthians 11:23–28), Paul and the faithful saw the heavenly rewards, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17).
This persecution of the saints will escalate especially at the end of time when the fallen church will convince the state to persecute and even kill (Revelation 13:15) the faithful who keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus (Revelation 14:12; 12:17). Despite the rejection to the truth by the majority, some would believe the testimony of Christians and will join God’s forces and be saved.
The believers’ good ministry to the unbelievers will finally be rewarded by God and they will see the fruits of their labor in heaven. Jesus will say to them at the day of Judgement, “‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord’” (Matthew 25:23).
In His service,