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   The Weight of Revelation   John 15:18-27
"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.
If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin.
He who hates me hates my Father as well.
If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.
But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: 'They hated me without reason.'
"When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.
And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV ®. COPYRIGHT ⓒ 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Responsibility of Revelation (15:18–23)
Revelation is a gift from God that carries with it the responsibility to respond. “Progressive revelation” is a theological term to describe how God reveals Himself in increasing degree throughout the Bible, and as revelation increases, so does our responsibility: “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them” (James 4:17). Today’s passage shows us the weightiness of God’s revelation in Christ. Once we, like the disciples, have been given the privilege of meeting Jesus, we must choose between two camps: those who are for Him or those who are against Him. This means we will either be the ones throwing stones or the targets of such stones.

Reflect on how God has revealed Himself to you through Christ. What kind of response does this revelation demand? How have you responded thus far?

Certainty of Revelation (15:24–27)
God reveals Himself to us through His activity in our world, the written Word, the work of Jesus Christ, and the witness of the Spirit. We can be held accountable for how we respond to God because He has made Himself known to us in so many ways. Some of the revelations in God’s Word are difficult to comprehend, such as the holiness of God and the reality of hell. But the truth we can know with certainty is this: it is God’s will that all would see and believe, and the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men (2 Pet. 3:9; Titus 2:11–14). With this revelation, we are left without excuse, and the magnitude of God’s revelation is both thrilling and sobering.

Does your life reflect the magnitude of God’s love revealed through the suffering of Jesus? Ask the Spirit to reveal any lies that are keeping you from fully embracing Him and being identified with Him.
Jesus, nothing compares to Your embrace. Laying aside all that I have, I face today as Your child and find security in You. Others may hate me, but I have all that I need when I have Your love. In Your mighty name I pray. Amen.