He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. (John 15:23-24)
Most People Hate God
Hate is a strong word. It offends some. Many would reject the use of the word as inflammatory. Jesus used the word often. He told the eleven as they made their way to Gethsemane that when men reject Him they reject God. If a man hates Jesus he hates God. This would become clear in a matter of hours as a mob arrested, shackled and drug Jesus to His death on a cross. God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son but man hated God so much they killed His Son. Rejecting the teaching of Jesus is rejecting the Father. To hate one is to hate the other.
The condemnation of man was rejecting the power of God seen through the life of Jesus. They had seen His glory by healing, casting out demons, miracles and raising the dead but still hated Him so much through envy the Savior of man was nailed to a cross. Everything they needed to believe was rejected. The heart was filled with hatred. When they killed Jesus they declared boldly their own hatred for the Father. It was not until Pentecost that three thousand devout believers realized their sin and begged forgiveness. God’s love was stronger than man’s hatred. Washed in water the first saints realized the love of the Father’s forgiveness.
The paradox of yesterday remains strong today. Many men profess to love God but in reality, they hate God. Jesus had said earlier that if a man loved the Lord he would keep the commandments of the Lord. The Jews rejected Jesus and because of their hatred for Him rejected His power and love. When modern men devise new plans for salvation, teach doctrines not found in the Holy word of God, build churches exalting the glory of man instead of God creating their own form of religion – they hate Jesus Christ. The teaching of the Lord was narrow-minded. He did not accept every form of teaching. His only truth was the truth of His Father. If Jesus were walking on the earth today the religious world would be reeling from the teachings of the Lord condemning their false doctrines. Man-made religion hates God because they create their own laws.
Keeping the commandments of the Lord exalts the one church built by the one Lord established on the one faith. The Bible is the sole foundation for authority and without it men hate Jesus and hate God. Loving God has always meant to keep His commandments. Being religious does not prove love. Following the word of God alone is love. If Jesus Christ is not Lord in word, deed and thought then we hate Him. When we hate the Lord – we hate the Father. Salvation comes from the love of the Father. Accepting the one truth of that salvation is how we show our love for Him. Do you hate the Lord? Examine your life and you will find the answer.
God’s word is not obsolete; it is absolute. (Vance Havner; 1901-1988)