Have you considered the almost violent language of the Book of Acts? “the place was shaken”; “Ananias fell down and gave up the ghost”; “they were cut to the heart”; “they gnashed on him with their teeth…and stoned him”; Herod “killed James with the sword”; “O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil”; “having stoned Paul they drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead”; “And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison” – so it goes. This was no sham battle.
MARVEL NOT…IF THE WORLD HATE YOU.
The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
The world cannot hate you, said Jesus to His unconverted brethren. They were of the world and the world loves its own.
Me it hateth, said our Lord of Himself. And why does it hate Him? “Because I testify of it that the works thereof are evil.” Light has come into the world and men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil. This world resents the Light that shows it up.
The world hateth you, said our Lord to His disciples. And why does the world hate us? “Because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.” As we testify of the world that its deeds are evil and as we let our light shine and expose the unfruitful works of darkness, we share the hatred this age feels toward our Lord.
“The world knoweth us not, because it knew him not” (I Jno. 3:1).