Do you know that you are already taken “out of this world” even before you became a believer?
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.
This verse refers to the disciples before Jesus even died on the cross.
Makes you think again about how we preach about being “worldly”, doesn’t it?
You see guys to be “worldly” is actually to be in the Old Covenant.
Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”?
Note the words “elemental spiritual forces of THIS WORLD”.
There are the same words in Ephesians 6.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
“Spiritual forces of evil”. These are not demons. This was the leaders of the Old Covenant. They are the authorities and rulers of this dark WORLD. The old covenant world.
Dear friends, when we died with Jesus, you already died to the Old Covenant. You were already taken out of the world.
Today when we tell people to keep the Law in order to avoid being worldly is to teach something contrary to scripture. No wonder people are so frustrated.