(From: JOHN #35 - 15:17-27)
2. 15:17-27 PERSECUTION: CAUSED BY OUR LOVE TO JESUS
a. 15:17 These thingsI command you, that you maylove one another.
TAUta enTELlo-mai huMIN, HIna a-gaPAte alLElous.
b. 15:18 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before you.
ei ho KOSmos  huMAS miSEI , giNOSke-te HOti eME PROton huMON meMIse-ken.
c. 15:19 WORLD HATRED: BECAUSE JESUS CHOSE US
ei ek tou KOSmou Ete, ho KOSmos an to Idi-on ePHIlei :
If you were of the world, the world would love its :own:
HOti de ek tou KOSmou ouk esTE, all’ eGO e-xe-leXAmen  huMAS
and because you are not of the world, but I chose you
ek tou KOSmou, diA TOUto miSEI huMAS ho KOSmos.
out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
d. 15:20a Remember the word that I said to you, A bondman is not greater than his :lord.
mne-moNEUe-te  tou LOgou hou eGO EIpon huMIN, Ouk EStin DOUlos MEIzon tou kuRIou auTOU.
e. 15:20b THE TREATMENT OF JESUS: WILL BE OUR TREATMENT ALSO
ei eME eDIo-xan , kai huMAS diOxou-sin;
If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you;
Ei ton LOgon mou eTEres-an, kai ton huMEte-ron teREsou-sin .
if they kept my :word, they will keep :yours also.
f. 15:21 IGNORANCE OF GOD: MOTIVATION FOR PERSECUTORS
alLA TAUta PANta poiEsou-sin eis huMAS diA to OnoMA mou,
But all these thingswill they do unto you for my :name’s sake,
HOti ouk OIda-sin ton PEMpsanTA me.
because they know not him that sent me.
g. 15:22 THE GREAT SIN OF REJECTING CHRIST
Ei meELthon kai eLAlesa auTOIS, ha-marTIan  ouk EIcho-san:
If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin:
nun de PROsa-sin  ouk Echou-sin peRI tes ha-marTIas auTON.
but now they have no excuse for their :sin.
h. 15:23 Who hates me hates my :Father also.
ho eME miSON kai ton paTEra mou miSEI.
i. 15:24 MIRACLES: PRODUCE CONVICTION OF SIN
ei ta ERga meePOIe-sa en auTOIS ha ouDEIS ALlos ePOIe-sen,
If I had not done among them the works which none other did,
ha-marTIan ouk EIcho-san: nun de kai he-oRAka-sin kai me-miSEka-sin kai eME kai ton paTEra mou.
they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my :Father.
j. 15:25 HATRED OF JESUS: FULFILMENT OF SCRIPTURE
alLA, HIna pleroTHE ho LOgos
But this is come to pass, that the word be fulfilled
ho en toNOmoauTON ge-gramMEnos [HOti], E-MIse-SAN me do-reAN .
:written in their :law [that], They hated me without cause.
k. 15:26-27 PERSONALITY AND OFFICE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
HOtan ELtheho paRAkle-tos ,
But when the Comforter is come,
hon eGO PEMpsohuMIN paRA tou paTROS, to PNEUma tes a-leTHEIas,
whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of the truth,
ho paRA tou paTROS ek-poREUe-tai, eKEInos mar-tuREsei peRI eMOU:
who goes forth from the Father, HE shall witness of me:
kai huMEIS de mar-tuREIte, HOti ap’ arCHES met’ eMOU es-te.
and witness YOU also, because you are with me from the beginning.
NOTE: Jesus gives us an insight concerning the true cause of persecution. In ten sentences from various aspects for our information and understanding – He clearlyreveals its cause.
Then suddenly – He moves back to the coming ministry of the Holy Spirit. Through signs and wonders, and through His gifts, the Holy Spirit shall effectively make the true nature of Jesus known, and His relationship to the Father. Thisshall be the main witness of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ behalf.
And with scarcely a pause, Jesus immediately commissions His 12 disciples to do the same also – because of their relationship with Him from the beginning.
And how does thisrelate to us? By going back to the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, we clearly understand that these words in John 13-17 to the 12, are to be passed along to us.Then we too are to carry on an effective witness to Jesus through the Mighty and Effective Enablement of the Holy Spirit - our Comforter! J.A.W.