“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.. -John 15:18-19 ESV
We must realize that there are 2 Kingdoms. A kingdom of darkness, one that is ruled by Satan. We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. (To 1 John 5:19) Then we have the Kingdom of Light, which is ruled by the KING of KINGS, LORD OF LORDS- Jesus! always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. (1 Corinthians 1:12-14) These KINGDOMS are spiritual kingdoms. This does not mean they are imaginary or philosophical constructs. They are real but not political or geographical kingdoms. Rather they are worldwide and exist in people’s hearts. Every person in the world belongs to one of these kingdoms.
Leader, this is what God means when He says, In John 17:14, “I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.” We are to be IN THE WORLD, but NOT OF THE WORLD. We are living on earth which is ruled by the PRINCE OF THIS WORLD: Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. (Ephesians 2:1-2) We were born into this world, but the world is fallen, because of one man. Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned. (Romans 5:12) We are naturally born into the Kingdom of Darkness, but God CHOSE TO CALL OUT people and to call them into HIS KINGDOM into His RIGHTEOUSNESS. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)
Conduit, every kingdom has aspects to it: There needs to be a monarch, a crowned, enthroned Ruler. Every Kingdom needs territory, a realm over which its KING rules. That realm must be occupied by citizens, and those citizens have rules to govern them. These citizens, these realms have distinguishing customs. Kingdoms are concerned with its power and strength so it can conquer and defend. Lastly, a kingdom is concerned with its DESTINY- whether it will STAND IN GLORY or fall to ruin. By these criteria we can discern what Kingdom a person is from. Since we are all BORN into the Kingdom of Darkness, we need to be BORN AGAIN into a different kingdom. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22) When Jesus was talking with the Jewish leader, Nicodemus, Jesus told him how to enter the Kingdom of LIGHT. Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again? “Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit (John 3:3-5) THE TIME IS NOW, to PICK A KINGDOM! You cannot live in both, nor can you serve both- you have to MAKE A DECISION. Jesus told us this in the Sermon on the Mount: No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. (Matthew 6:24) One of the traits of how you know which KINGDOM you are in, is by how the other KINGDOM TREATS you, and how you THINK ABOUT IT. “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.” (1 John 2:15) Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me. They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them. But now they have no excuse for their sin. Anyone who hates me also hates my Father. If I hadn’t done such miraculous signs among them that no one else could do, they would not be guilty. But as it is, they have seen everything I did, yet they still hate me and my Father. This fulfills what is written in their Scriptures: ‘They hated me without cause.’ (John 15:20-25) The World hates Jesus, and loves anything ANTI-CHRIST, because they are of a different KINGDOM- what say you? How are you fitting into this world? Quit wanting the WORLD to like you SAINT! Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.