If The World Hates You (John 15:18-16:4)

Jesus has been expressing the glorious relationship that he has with his disciples. Jesus used the vine imagery to show that he is the true Israel and only those connected to him bear fruit to God and belong as God’s children. Full joy can be found in the commands of God. But though we can find full joy with a life in Jesus, this does not mean that life will be easy. Jesus wants to make sure that his disciples understand this truth. Though we are in Christ and enjoy a wonderful relationship with him does not mean that we will not have aggressive opposition as his disciples.

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