October 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

(Daniel 4:25)
" ... and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."


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Love NOT The World ...

1 John 2:15 "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."

Through the Apostle John, God tells us to NOT love the world. The context of the scriptures explain what He means here.

Verse 16 "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 of the Father, but is of the world."
Verse 17 "And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."

Satan has primary temptations with which he continually tries to entice mankind!

We see that even at the very beginning when Satan first began to tempt Adam and Eve.

Gen. 3:6 "And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat."

In this scripture we see that Eve saw that the fruit was good for food (i.e.- Lust of the flesh), it looked very good (- Lust of the eyes) and it was a tree to be desired to make one wise (- Pride of life)! She ate some of the fruit and gave some to her husband, Adam, and he also ate!

If a person is discerning, as we should be, then that person can see throughout scripture that Satan uses those three main ways of causing people to sin!

It worked so well down through the ages that he even tried it against Jesus himself when Jesus faced him in the wilderness!

Luke 4:3-12 "And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:
10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."

In verse 3 we see that the temptation for Christ to turn the stones into bread is the temptation of "the lust of the flesh," for He was VERY hungry!
In verse 6 we see that the temptation presented to Christ was POWER and GLORY NOW! This was the "lust of the eyes."
In verse 9 when Satan tempted Christ to "cast himself down from the pinnacle" that he was tempting Jesus with the "pride of life."

Of course, Jesus resisted those temptations to sin against God, even though He was physically very weak due to His fasting for 40 days and nights!

When John baptized Him, God gave Jesus the POWER to begin His ministry and to overcome Satan in that spiritual battle! (Acts 10:38)

Yes, Jesus did have God's Spirit from birth, but He was not yet allowed to use God's Power.

Please remember what He said;

John 5:19 "Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise."

However, you might say, "But even God loved the world, and gave His son for our salvation!"

Certainly God loved the world (Greek=Cosmos, meaning this society or people), but in 1 John 2:16, John is telling us to NOT love lust and pride, the WAYS of this world! This only goes to help delineate God's Ten Commandments even more, which add to lust and pride the sin of murder, adultery, and coveting, as well as the sin against God, of idolatry.

God tells us in the book of Revelation to "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Rev. 18:4) This verse is very stringent upon God's people, not only at that particular time of The Great Tribulation, but even today as well.

The world (this society of men) is today very deceived by Satan the Devil (Rev. 12:9) and even those who profess Christianity are allowing judges and governments to tell them how to worship God, and then doing it that way. However, even God's Church (Greek=Ekklesia, the called out ones) has been deceived by Satan to one degree or another in how they worship the Great God, and even when they INCORPORATE, those papers of incorporation give man's government power over them!!

Is that a shocking statement? It shouldn't be if one realizes that God's Church is IN this world and is truly watching the events of this world unfold around them and if one is deeply into the scriptures trying to correlate world-happenings with God's Word. In John 17 Jesus tells us that we are IN the world and that He is LEAVING us in it for a period of time. However, He also told us to NOT BE A PART of it, even as He was not a part of it.

John 17:14 "I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world."

The problem is we are all deceived in one way or another by Satan, and many of God's people participate in the ways of this world without even thinking about it.

You don't think so? Well, let me ask you, do you vote?

If you do, you are participating in the ways of this world! How can I say that, you might ask?

All a thinking person needs to do is look at the candidates who are running for the office of President of the United States. Not a one of them is really qualified to sit in the oval office. However, many people say they are "voting for the lesser of the evils."

Will you be voting for "the lesser of two evils at election time? If you will, you need to consider the following verse.

Rom. 1:32 "Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them."

This is not only talking about homosexuality but ANY sin someone might do!!

YES! If you take part in electing an official, you are participating in what he does while in his office, and if he sins you are a partaker of that sin!!! GOD SAID SO!

So I have to ask, "How WELL do you KNOW the Word of God?" Not only am I referring to The Word of God, Jesus, but the Word of God, the Bible! We are told in 2 Tim. 2:15 to STUDY to SHOW ourselves approved unto God, a WORKMAN rightly dividing (to make straight and smooth, to handle aright, to teach the truth directly and correctly) the word of truth. It has the very strong connotation of UNDERSTANDING what we are reading and then ACTING upon it!! One can ONLY understand God's Word IF that person has God's Holy Spirit because it is 'SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED'.

1 Corinthians 2:14 "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

We also need to look at:

Acts 5:32 "And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit), whom God hath given to them that obey him."

How much plainer can it be said? GOD ONLY GIVES HIS HOLY SPIRIT TO THOSE WHO OBEY HIM?

Of course, this BLOWS AWAY the traditional Christian teaching that the law is "done away!"

This is also proven categorically in the book of Matthew!

Mat. 5:17-18 "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
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.

Yes, "till heaven and earth pass (away), NOTHING will pass away from the LAW until everything that is against the law is ELIMINATED!!!

THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF GOD'S LAW WILL BE FULFILLED!!!

So as I said, even those of God's "called out one's" (ekklessia, or church) who are still in the world, and are influenced in some degree by Satan, are deceived to some extent, and STILL HAVE SOME LOVE OF THE WAYS OF THIS WORLD in their lives!

This love corrupts the godly character they are building to some degree, depending upon how close to God they are and how strongly they exercise their gift of God's Holy Spirit!

I would like to give you just two of God's commands we people should remember, AND DO THEM!!

1. Draw near to me! (James 4:8)

2. Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! (2 Pet. 3:18)

But how DOES a person draw near to God? Through prayer, bible study, fasting, and meditation!

How do we grow in grace? We grow in grace as we struggle to KEEP God's commandments, statutes, and laws, repenting whenever we recognize we have transgressed one of them!!

Of course, we grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior as we study His Word, the bible, and make it a very part of our lives!!!!

What about you? Are you STILL participating in the ways of this world? Are you thoughtlessly being led to become very upset when worldly things don't go "your way," and you try to do something about them?

As an example, do you get upset enough when you see and hear about mothers aborting their babies that you become an activist with other people trying to shut down abortion centers?

You probably don't think there would be anything wrong with that. However, there have been many criminal acts committed during some of those activist gatherings, and according to God's Word, everyone taking part in those gatherings is guilty of breaking the law when that happens!

We are here as pilgrims and sojourners as in a strange land (Heb. 11:13-14) after we become children of God, and our lives should be lived as examples to all the others around us showing how God's Laws promote good, and that God's Way of life is the way that brings true peace and happiness!

Back in the Old Testament we read where God chose the Children of Israel to be an example to the rest of the world showing how God's laws and way of life would benefit them greatly. However, those people rejected God! They wanted a human king to rule over them so they told Samuel their desires and Samuel went to God with their wants.

We should be desiring to have God and Jesus to rule over us and our actions should show that!!

Voting for the lesser of two evils is STILL voting FOR EVIL, don't you see?

As I said in another article, linked at the bottom of this one, we must "Come out of her" if we are God's people! Only when we live as citizens of that "other country" mentioned in Heb. 11, will we truly be blessed as a people!

Draw NEAR to God in prayer, bible study, fasting and meditation! Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus the Christ!

Only then will our examples show forth as bright lights of the Kingdom of God, and only then will people begin to come to us and ask of the HOPE that is within us!!

May God bless you as you struggle to NOT LOVE THE WORLD!

For more on this subject please read the following article:
God says, "Come Out of Her My People!!"

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