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Loving the World

do not love the worldDo 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 desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17 ESV)

Do not claim to walk in fellowship with Jesus Christ if your love is for the world and the things in it. The “world” as it is referred to in the verses above, is not the God-created physical world. What we are discussing here is the satanic evil system which operates through people who hate God. It promotes rebellion against God, ungodly thoughts, wrong motives, and perverted values. We must not love the “world” in this sense. “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2)

John warns us to be cautious about what we love and treasure. If we’re devoted to the things of this world, what will be the cost? Love for the world is ugly because it drives us to be conformed to the world and not to God. If what drives you is your love for the world, then there is no room for love of the Father. Is your destiny to be a passing world or abiding with Christ forever?

Paul writes, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 ESV) Living like the world is not our goal. Our goal is set by God who has willed that we be conformed to Christ. Conformity to the world is the enemy of transformation. In this sense, Christians must be non-conformists. We are to submit to the transforming influences of grace and the Holy Spirit. Although the new man is created by the grace of God, we must constantly press forward towards perfection (sanctification).

Our minds are the battleground of this conflict between the world and the love of God. Paul writes that we must “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Knowledge and wisdom (for the Christian) are inseparable from Christ and His revelation. He is the Logos (John 1:1), the “wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24, 30), in whom “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” are hid (Colossians 2:3).

Loving God and avoiding love for the world is an acknowledgement of the evil nature of the world system. This, however, does not mean that a Christian must segregate himself from society. Jesus commanded us to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV) Christ commands us to seek the salvation of all. We certainly will not be able to carry this out if we withdraw from the world.

Samuel at Gilgal

2 Responses

  1. Very good. Thank you.

    Senior Pastor/Equipping the Saints
    Philip 3:10, “That I May Know Him”


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