John 2:15-17 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
Many were offended when I wrote the above quote on my facebook status one day. The majority of those who were offended were those who teach and seek after prosperity, health and wealth. I will write more about 1 John 2:15-17. I will deal with the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life. I will also give examples on each of the sins that are found in the world.
Love Not The World
When Jesus prayed for the believers in John 17 He mentioned these words in verses 14,15 & 16 “I have given them thy word; and world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” The world hates the people of God, they are not of the world. There can never be friendship between the people of God and the world. The scriptures says in James 4:4 “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” It is a sin to be friends with the world. Those who are friends with this world are the enemies of the Most High God. He that love the world, the same does not have the love of the Father.
Neither love the things of the world
The things which are in world are as follows: The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life and all these things do not come from the Father (God)
*THE LUST OF THE FLESH – Many people when they hear the phrase “lust of the flesh” they think of sexual sins. The lust of the flesh is not limited to sexual involvement but this phrase refers to anything that is desired by the body to satify the wants or the needs thereof. Some example of this, is when a person indulges in over eating or rather sit on the couch and watch TV instead of kneeling on the bedroom floor to pray. Seeking to be always physically comfortable or dwell in the comfort zone.
*THE LUST OF THE EYES – The lust of the eyes is more about wanting or desiring everything the eye sees. Advertisers and door to door sales man are exploiting that weakness of men by showing them thing they don’t need and have them to purchase them. The lust of the eyes, causes a person to violate the Tenth Commandment which says, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” (Exodus 20:17). Covetouness is a sin that could lead to theft, resentment, hatred and murder.
*THE PRIDE OF LIFE – The pride of life is what we see in the mordern church. It is a kind of pride based on the things that one possesses, a school from which they graduated, the grades with which they graduated, the car they drive, the people they mingle with, the amount of money one has, fame, popularity and many other things we see happening today in connection to one’s status in relation to others.
The world and its lusts will pass away
In his second epistle, Apostle Peter shows us that the world or the physical earth shall pass away. 2 Peter 3:7,10 “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men… But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” Peter says the earth will be burnt up and the works thereof
And 1 John 2:17 “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” Jesus also shows us that at sometime the heaven and the earth will pass away, but His law (word) will remain until it is fulfilled, in Matthew 5:18 “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Everything that is appealing to the flesh and to the eye will pass and everything on which men and women take pride, all shall pass away.
While we live in the world we must be careful not to set our affection on the things of this world. Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Colosse saying, in Colossian 3:1-3 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”
Scripture says we must set our affections on the things which are above. I believe that the holy scripture does not lie. The world and the things thereof are seen but the things of heaven and those contained in our future life in eternity are not seen, and as a result people tend to incline their trust in the things which do appear. By looking into the things of the world, the things of God are neglected. The three traps which the devil has laid down in the world for those who seek after the world… the lust of the flesh, that of the eyes and the pride of this life are successful in pulling down unsuspecting pilgrims who once desired to go and partake of the world unseen.
It is written “while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18). All that which many OTHER preachers exhort about and many OTHER Christians meditate on and hope to receive from the OTHER JESUS and the OTHER GOD, such thing as houses, top class cars, top jobs, promotions, businesses, marriages and other worldly things, are only temporal and a person’s current life and the one in eternity is not determined by the abundance of their possession in this life (Luke 12:15). What determines a person’s life are the inward qualities which are only possible through the regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5) by the workings of the TRUE GOD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST who justifies the wicked through faith in Him, by shedding His blood on Calvary’s cross.
Just as Apostle Paul warned us of such times, where “men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,…” (2 Timothy 3:1-7) I also warn my own generation and the generations that shall follow hereafter. The hour is upon us, hold on to the truth and that which is good. Set your highest affections to the things above, where our life is hidden with Christ in God, knowing that we shall see Him who gave His own life for us , not only so, but also rose from the dead having overcome our worst enemies, sin and death.