Religion & Spirituality:Christianity
1 JOHN 2:15-17 THE LOVE THAT GOD HATES OR THE TEST OF LOVING THE WORLD PART 2
1John 2:16 And the pride of life
Ja 4: 16 “But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.”
Pride involves both boastfulness and self-sufficiency. It is a willful independence from God, “I have enough resources in myself. I don’t need God.”
Ga 5: 26 “Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”
Ph 2: 3 “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
God gives at least 5 strategies to fight against the world, the flesh and the devil.
1st He commands us to “flee.”
1 Ti 6: 6-11 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. “But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.”
2 Ti 2: 22 “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
2nd His command to deal with the “flesh” is to deny or not yield to it.
Ro 6: 12 “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”
3rd His command against the Devil is to “resist” him by submitting to God.
James 4:7 Jas 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
1 Pe 5: 9 “Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”
4th His command is to bring every thought captive unto the obedience of God.
2Cor 10:5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
5th His command is in Ga 5: 16 “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. of the flesh,
The world’s values are short-lived (temporary) (2:17)
1Jo 2:17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
The world is a temporary system. God’s values endure into eternity
2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
Mt 24: 35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
and the lust of it;
The person who dies with the most toys does not win!
Jim Elliot, the missionary martyred by the very people he was trying to reach with the gospel, said this; “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
Co 3: 2 “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth”.
But he who does the will of God abides forever
The will of God is the best thing we can do with our lives.
1 Pe 4: 2 “…that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.”
The will of God is the true purpose for the life of the believer. Everything worthwhile revolves around God’s will. It should be the normal activity of the Christian.
Ep 5: 17 “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
Co 1: 9 “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding…”
Jesus did the will of God in Gethsemane (Mt 26:39). He prayed that prayer in the greatest crisis of His life. There is something more important than our personal welfare – the will of God.
1 Pe 4: 2that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.”
Ps 40: 8 “I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.”
His point is that those who walk in fellowship with God enjoy doing something that will last forever. We want to be an asset, not a liability, to the cause of Christ in time for when we do that, it will last forever.
Notice the three reasons why we should not love the world. An absolute God cannot fellowship with a Christian who loves the world.
2Co 5:18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation
Mt 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Mt 6:9 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;
Mt 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you
Mr 10:29-31 So Jesus answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel's,
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