Good evening friends, hopefully you had a good day today.
Can you believe it? This post is the halfway marker. Post five in the study on first John. It seems to have been a good study so far, and I will look forward to the latter half.
As usual, I encourage you to go ahead and read through the passage before we begin, (it’s only a few verses don’t worry).
Do Not Love the World
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 desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—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)
As you read this, you might be thinking this passage is contradicting itself, trust me, it’s not. Let’s take a closer look.
Which “world” is John talking about?
First, we need to understand the context and meaning of “world” in this passage. You can probably easily quote John 3:16: “for God so loved the world…” But, we need to be clear on the different meanings that the Bible is implying when it speaks of the world.
In the aspect of John 3:16 the Bible is speaking about the humans, or, the people on earth. In the passage we are studying here, in first John, it’s not telling us to hate mankind, or people. No, in fact, John wants us to hate not the people, but the sinful humanistic system. He wants us to hate the sin dwelling in the world: the desires of the flesh and the eyes and the pride of life.
Why hate these things?
Why is John so serious about this stuff? It’s because if anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in Him! All these things, this humanistic system, are all broken; they do not abide in God.
What does this mean for the world, why is separation from God bad? It’s bad because the world is passing away. The world is not lasting forever. Because all humans are broken people (and yes you are too, just in case you were wondering), we think we are better than God, and can do everything on our own, without help from the creator, God.
If you think about it, in a sense we are choosing to be separated from God, it’s our choice, life or death.
Life or death?
As I’m sure you know, tomorrow is good Friday, meaning this next Sunday is Easter Sunday.
Sometimes non-Christians are confused thinking that good Friday is a day of mourning for Christians. But, as most all Christians know, we are not sad, we are happy, (hence the name good Friday). Why are we happy that Jesus died? We’re not happy that He died, we are happy that He conquered death and rose from the grave.
Through His death and resurrection, Jesus has forgiven us for our sinfulness and our love for the world.
Wait… It’s not yours just like that, you must first accept it, and believe that He really did rise from the dead. Maybe you want to take this step of faith into the family of God, and I encourage you to do so, here’s a guide for you if you haven’t taken this step yet: Please, if you haven’t done this yet, carefully consider this, don’t let another hour pass.
If you are a believer, I want to encourage you from the last few words in this passage in first John, that whoever does the will of God abides in Him forever.
I’m encouraging you to keep reading God’s word and seeking His will for your life. And, maybe you have found what purpose God has for you, I want to encourage you, don’t run away from it, do your best and pray for God’s guidance in that area of your life. Also, remember, whoever does the will of God abides in Him forever.