22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.
23 He who hates Me hates My Father also.
24 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.
25 But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’
26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
no excuse (v.22) — Greater condemnation rests on those who heard and rejected Christ, but all are condemned because God is revealed to all (Romans 1:19-21). In a comparative sense, our other sins pale beside the sin of rejecting Christ (v.22 and 24).
sin (v.24) — the sin of rejecting God revealed in the Son. They had no cloak to hide behind because Christ, with His miracles, had shown proof of whom He was.
Christ revealed the Father (v.24), so to hate Him is to hate the Father. The Jews claimed to love God and said that love was their basis for hating Christ, but by hating Christ, they showed that they hated God also.
The world hated the disciples for their one-ness with Christ and they hated Christ for His one-ness with the Father.
All that Christ did was beneficial to men. Yet they hated Him because they hated the Father. They thought they were being wise, but they were simply fulfilling Scripture!
The quote in verse 25 is from Psalm 109:3 and Psalm 69:4.
The Father (John 14:26) and the Son together sent the Spirit.
After telling the disciples of the world’s hatred for them and Him, Christ tells them again of the Comforter (v.27).
The Spirit bears witness to Christ (v.27).
Verse 27 is repeated in Acts 1:8.
Even after the world rejected him, Christ continues to bear witness of Himself through the Spirit and men — especially the disciples and the records they left.
Christ revealed the Father. He was the express image of His person. In Him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. He that saw Him, saw the Father also. His doctrine was the truth of God. His life revealed the perfections of God. His laws expressed the will of God. To dislike Him, then, was proof positive that they hated God. It is a most fearful fact, but one most clearly revealed in Scripture, that men in their natural state are “haters of God” (Romans 1:30); their minds being “enmity against God” (Romans 8:7). It is this hatred of God which causes people to reject Christ and dislike Christians. Conversely their rejection of Christ demonstrates their hatred of God. — Pink, page 34.
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