Topic: He Overcomes The World
TEXT: John 15:17-27 (NKJV)
17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 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 hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.
23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional 28 October 2021 STUDY
Today, the church commemorates Saints Simon and Jude, two of the disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus, in today’s reading, admonished the disciples to dwell in love (v.17). He told them that they would be hated by the world; Simon and Jude inclusive, because they were not of the world. However, the hatred should not cause them to fear but rather strengthen and encourage them because their Master had first been hated.
Though the hatred that the world bears against Christ proceeds from the stupidity of their blind minds, they cannot give any excuse to explain away their fault. It is good to know that if Christ had not come, they would not have been wrong in saying before God’s judgement seat that they were religious, and void of sin; but since Christ came to them, and they completely rejected him, they can’t have a cloak for their wickedness (v.22). But all these happened that the law may be fulfilled (v.25). In spite of all the hatred, enmity, strife, etc., Jesus told them (the disciples)that they would be comforted through the Holy Spirit in whom Simon and Jude were not excluded.
Brethren, it is natural that Christians are hated because Christ himself was hated. We should know that our hope is in the Holy Spirit whom Christ has sent to be our comforter. Always remember His word which says “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In this world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (Jn. 16:33).
PRAYER: Father, make me stand strong at every face of persecution, in Jesus ‘Mighty Name. Amen.
Daily Fountain Quote of the Day
“Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one” — A.W. Tozer
Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional 28 October 2021 Message. The Church of Nigeria is the Anglican church in Nigeria. It is the second-largest province in the Anglican Communion, as measured by baptized membership, after the Church of England.