How to stop loving the world.

One of the saddest injunctions we place upon ourselves is this hatred for anything “worldly”.

At times, we are summoned to separate ourselves with the “world” to such a degree, we are of no use to it.

So we avoid discos, cinemas, pubs and places of entertainment. We pride ourselves but not owning expensive items. Is holiness such a shallow item?

Is that what the Bible actually teach us to do?

Let’s look at this.

1 John 2:15-16

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

It would seem on the surface of it, this is what John is saying. However let’s read on.

1 John 2:17-18

The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

Warnings Against Denying the Son

Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.

Now the sad part of our bibles is that there is a marginal note that divides verse 17 and 18. That note is not in the original text. Let’s read it again.

1 John 2:17-18

The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God. Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.

Notice John’s statement about the world passing is linked to his statement about being in the last hour?

In other words the “world” and “worldly passions” refer to his time and was already passing away and had reached its last hour THEN, not now.

As such that world which John tells us to avoid is not our current world but the world under the old covenant.

Hence the words “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” are actually referring to being proud and arrogant under the works in the Law.

They do not mean what you think they mean. I hope this little study will elevate you from the struggles that you have against this verse.

You are already dead to that world.

4 Comments

  1. This seems… just wrong. I admit that it was only in writings to the saved Jews that I can remember passages about “The World,” and not in Paul’s writings to the Gentiles, but given the state of the world today, with the prevalent rejection of God and Christianity, aside from the ever-popular Catholic Church with its idolatry and works salvation, I can’t help but agree that even in the present context, “Friendship with the world is emnity with God.” The world as it is is almost completely dominated with either atheism, non-Christian religions, and works salvation, with salvation by faith and the grace of God being rejected and hated. I certainly don’t think that rejecting everything about the world is a smart move, but God should always come first-which will lead to inevitable conflict with the world. When I have worries about a part of the world, I just pray, and it works out.

    But a lack of caution about the world could lead someone to think less about God, or get a warped idea of who He is or what He wants. That hasn’t changed-or how then would we have so many problems with denominational disagreement and public ignorance.

    1. Kai. Your problem is that you have no understanding with AD70. Please go and read and find out what happen. You don’t know what you are talking about. You are the one mistaken. Not me.

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