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This World
1/28/2016

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. 1 John 2:16 (NKJV)

When being confronted by the self-righteous, and hypocritical Pharisees, Jesus discloses the reason for their attitudes, actions, and their heart, by telling them, You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world” (John 8:23).

Q:         What did Jesus mean by telling them they are of this world?

Jesus was simply telling the Pharisees, the origin of all their actions and motives was of the flesh, and the ways of this world.  Whereas His motives and actions were not—they were from Heaven above. I think it is important for us to understand what it means to be of this world, or worldly. 

The word world used in John 8:23, is an important NT term, and it is from the Greek word, Cosmos.

·      It refers in context to the invisible spiritual system of evil that opposes the Kingdom of God (cf. Eph. 6:12).

·      And it comprises every self-righteous, and exalted thing raised up against the knowledge of God (cf 2 Cor. 10:5).

·      It is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.  It is every forbidden, evil thing that tempts us in our flesh—those things when entertained, become strongholds (1 John 2:16).

·      It is opposed to God’s truth, righteousness, virtue and holiness.

·      Its opinions are wrong (1 Cor. 3:19).

·      The world is selfish, self-centered, and it’s pleasures are sinful (James 3:16-17).

·      It’s every lie from the father of lies (John 8:44) that is fired into our minds (Eph. 6:16).

This is exactly why we are told to use God’s mighty weapons, and not any worldly weapon to fight against the temptations and lies of the enemy (2 Cor. 10:4-5).  If we do not take our thoughts captive and filter out the lies, we will soon find ourselves distracted—entertaining and becoming enamored with the things of this world.  And we have been told those who are caught up, and are in love with this world, will love it’s darkness, rather than the light (John 3:19).

Here’s the deal; we were once of this world, but we are not anymore.  And if we have chosen to stand for the things of God, then we are to abhor evil (Rom. 12:9).  When we begin to abhor evil, we will find those around us who are walking in the flesh, and who are of this world, beginning to feel convicted.  When this happens, they will either seek to repent, or they will begin to hate us, because we are light, and we are exposing the darkness for what it is (Ps. 97:10; John 15:19)

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. John 15:19 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Jesus’ words, as recorded in John 15:19, what reaction from the world can we expect in our life when we are walking with God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you taking your thoughts captive and casting down every evil thing that comes into your mind that is against God’s word?

APPLICATION: Choose to walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the desires of your flesh, which is of this world.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for warning me about the dangers of finding my identity in this world.  Help me to remember I am not of this world, but merely a sojourner here.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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