CRUMBS from the TABLE - July 13th...1998
- by Edward Price
1 John 2:15-17
"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.
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.
And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever."
For every Christian the temptation of the world shall always be present. Paul lets us know that there is a war going on inside of each of us, whether to do good or to do evil, whether to follow the ways of God or the world.
When we look at the term 'world' is does not always refer to the universe as created by God. It is often used to describe the community of sinful humanity that possesses a spirit of rebellion against God. Because of its opposition to God, the world values those things which are contrary to God's will: "the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life." Its temptations to the believer are thus twofold: lust of the sensual and pride in mastery of his own life.
The attraction of the world is amplified by Satan who is head of its system. He is called the "prince of this world" and the whole world is said to be under his power.
There are numerous tragic effects that love of the world will produce in the believer's life.
2 Tim. 4:10 tell us that there will be a turning away from the Lord's work and other believers.
James 4:4 tells there shall be an alienation from God.
2 Pet. 1:4 and our passage this morning (1 John 2:15-17) tells us of the corruption that will occur because of the lust of the world.
1 John 4:1 and 2 John 7 speaks of the deception by false teachers.
The solution to the love of the world is to have a greater love for the Father. As Christians we should seek daily to please God in everything and to strive for spiritual growth through prayer, study of God's Word, and witnessing. Because of such our likelihood of falling prey to the temptations of the world will be greatly diminished.
In Paul's epistle to the church at Rome, He declares, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God" (Romans 12:1-2).
There must be a transformation in our lives and Paul says this comes by the "renewing of your mind", but it must be added that this will only occur after the renewing of your heart. How is this all possible? By the mercies of God, who has extended to us a hand of mercy and of grace in the person of His Son Jesus Christ. The only way that we can rise above the world and the lust for it is to be in Christ.
Yes, as verse 17 tells us that this world and the lust for it is passing away but those who do the will of God will abide forever.
Is this not what the st Psalm speaks of...rejecting the lusts and temptations of the world...the ungodly, the chaff which the winds shall drives away. But instead delighting ourselves in the Word of God and meditating on it both day and night! Then shall we be like the tree that is planted by the rivers of water which brings forth it's fruit in its season!
What do you lust for? Where is your delight? The world or God?
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