Jesus didn’t consider all who lived here on earth his friend. No! Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you (Jn 15:13-14). As Christians, we are not here to make friends with the world. We are sent to seek and save that which was lost, even as Jesus did (Lk 19:10).
Therefore, Christians can not mingle socially with sinners. John said, “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds (2 Jn 1:10,11). Christian men are sent to preach the Word of God in and out of season (2 Tim 4:2-5). It is for this cause we have become enemies of the world. As Paul said, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth (Gal 4:16).
When Jesus came bearing the truth, he was crucified. Jesus said, “But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me” (John 8:45). When the apostles came bearing the truth, they were persecuted, were stoned, were beaten, and were cast into prison. As Jesus told his own disciples, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you,’A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you (Jn 15:18-20).
Nevertheless, this is the reason Christians are sent out into the world, i.e., to preach the truth, the gospel of our salvation (Eph 1:13). And if we preach the truth, we shall be despised of the world and suffer persecution for the cause of Christ (1 Pet 4:16 f; 1 Cor 1:28). Jesus said, “You will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved (Matt 10:22). Peter declared, “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:” (1 Peter 2:20, 21).
The truth which I speak of is not man’s truth, but the gospel of Christ (Eph 1:13 f; 1 Cor 15:1-4). The same truth which came down from heaven, that the world should not perish, but have everlasting life (Jn 3:16 f; Jn 14:6). This is the same gospel which was first preach on the day of Pentecost, and was eventually preached unto all the world (Acts 2 f; Col 1:23). This is the same truth by which God desires to be worshiped (Jn 4:23,24). The same truth which was given to the apostles by the Holy Spirit (Jn 16:13). The same truth which God inspired of every writer in the holy Word (Jn 17:17 f; 2 Tim 3:16,17). The same truth which the apostles taught (1 Thess 2:13). The same truth which shall be able to make us free from sin, if we obey that form of doctrine which was first delivered to the saints (Jn 8:31,32 f; Rom 6:17,18). If we believe that Jesus is the Christ and confess such before men (Rom 10:9,10); If we repent of our sins and have them washed away by the means of baptism (Lk 13:3 f; Acts 22:16); And if we remain faithful to the truth until the end, we shall be saved (Rev 2:10). This is the gospel truth, even if it makes you my enemy because I declare it unto you!