BE NOT SURPRISED IF IT HATE YOU
JOHN 15:8 If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
ELLICOTT'S COMMENTARY There was the more need for them to be close bound to each other, and to their Lord, on account of the hatred which awaited them in the world.
MACLAREN'S EXPOSITIONS ‘The world’ will be in antagonism to the Church until the world ceases to be a world; and then, and not till then, will it cease to be hostile to His subjects.
Jesus points to two things, as you will observe, which make this hostility inevitable. ‘If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you.’ And again, ‘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 very language carries with it the implication of necessary and continual antagonism.
‘If any man will be a friend of the world he is at enmity with God.’
PULPIT COMMENTARY You need not be surprised if the world hate you. "The world," is humanity apart from grace. This world will despise and hate your mutual love, will scorn your love to itself for my sake; will detest the higher and unworldly standard which you will set up. But here is some consolation. Know that it has hated me before (it hated) you. "This hatred is a community of destiny with me". You know how it has hated me, and hunted me from Bethlehem to Egypt, from Nazareth to Capernaum, from Gergesa to Jerusalem. Be not surprised if it hate you.
CAMBRIDGE BIBLE They are sharing their Master’s lot, whether the world rejects or accepts their preaching. They will suffer this hatred not only with Him, but for His sake. All this tends to shew that the very hatred of the world intensifies their union with Him.