The World; Love or Hate it?

The World as referred to in scripture is not a geographical location, but a place of our being (or preoccupation) where all that is unregenerate and still remains in sin.  It is everything that is counter and contrary to God and what is referred to as anti-Christ.  Egypt is a picture of what this looks like in can be read the historical account in Book of Exodus where God rose up to deliver His people from the bondage they were under by Pharaoh’s rule.

We learn through the scriptures that the world, is under Satanic power and authority:

We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. 1 John 5:19

Though we are in this world, we are not of it John 17:16 and as we walk in the Light as He is in the Light He cleanses us from all sin; 1 John 1:7 so then the Devil has nothing on us and cannot touch us:

We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. 1 John 5:18

It is important to understand that overcoming the world is not optional for us as followers of Christ and is our proof of our identity as citizens of the Kingdom of God.  We overcome the world, by placing our faith in Jesus Christ – in His entirety.  This is not to be mistaken by putting faith in faith – which I believe many unknowingly do.  For our faith is found only in Him – and will play out by us having the desire to walk away from the world and all its enticements and entrapments because His Spirit in us, detests the world and will lead us away from it.  He will lead us to love, serve and minister to Jesus and in His name and it is by His Power that enables us to overcome the world.  Together as we trust and obey God, we overcome.

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:1-5

As Christ’s Body of believers, who are the Church and His Bride – we are a group who will stand out to those around us (the world) as being peculiar and oddly different.  We will even look foolish, and treated as foolish.  We are this way BECAUSE we do not live according to the principles found in the world, but to God.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 1And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15-17

I challenge us to take a moment to look at where we are most comfortable, will it be here in this world in all its doings or is it found in the person and Son of the Living God – Jesus Christ?

See also:  Promise LandSeparate and Safe

2 comments

  1. Excellent, thoughtful and Scripturally accurate – the most important feature. It seems to me that in recent months those Christians I know who are not following Jesus and becoming more like him are becoming more obvious. Hidden sins are being exposed. Those who continue to habitually sin do not know the Lord. Many are plants who spring up for a season but then dry off quickly when tempted/tested. Those lovers of God that I know are being severely tested by all sorts of trials – relational, financial, medical. Through it all they trust our heavenly Father more and more and in the refining they become more like Jesus. Thank you for your writings.

    Laurel

    On Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 12:59 p.m. Way Truth & Life, wrote:

    > Way Truth & Life posted: “The World as referred to in scripture is not a > geographical location, but a place of our being (or preoccupation) where > all that is unregenerate and still remains in sin. It is everything that > is counter and contrary to God and what is referred to as ant” >

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