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Fathers Nolan’s and Brown’s Commentary on John 15:18-21

Posted by Dim Bulb on May 27, 2011

18. If the world hate you, know you that it hath hated me before you.

Having exhorted them to mutual love, He now fortifies them against the hatred of the world and the persecutions that awaited them. The world, as is plain, is the wicked world, and in being hated by it they shall only be treading in the footsteps of their Master.

It hath hated. The Greek perfect implies not merely a passing manifestation of
hatred, but an abiding and persistent feeling.

19. If you had been of the world; the vvorld would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

If you had been, ought rather to be: if you were. The five-fold repetition of “the world” in this verse brings vividly before us this great antagonist of Christ.

20. Remember my word that I said to you: The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you: if they have kept my word, they will keep yours also.

He now reminds them of what He had told them before Jn 13:16) that: “a servant is not greater than his master,” and from this He goes on to signify what they must expect to meet with from the world.

If they have kept my word. Some think there is reference to those who having been of the world came out from it to follow Christ and keep His word. But it appears more probable that He speaks of those who are still of the world, and leaves it to be supplied that since they had not kept His word, so neither would they keep that of the Apostles. By the word of the Apostles is meant the word of Christ as preached by them.

21. But all these things they will do to you for my name s sake: because they know not him that sent me.

But remember that you shall suffer in a glorious cause; namely, on My account; for they will persecute you because you are My followers, and this because through culpable ignorance they will not recognise God as My Father nor Me as
the Son of God.

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