In an Enemies Land – The World (1)

What is the world? I mean, when the bible speaks about it.

It can mean many different things. There are 2 main words used for “world” in the New Testament. One is “aionos” which generally means “age”. The characteristics that mark a definite period of time.

We are told in Romans 12v1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world (age), but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” This world has a way of thinking, a spirit in it, which is different than the way we should think as believer, we are not to be conformed to this age, its standards, its ideals, its way of thinking but to be transformed (from the inside out) by the renewing of our minds that we may test and prove in our lives the good acceptable and perfect will of God.

The Lord “gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age(Galatians 1v4). To me this is a challange and a rebuke, how often I catch myself thinking the way this world thinks and not recognising that this age is an evil age!

Another word for world is “cosmos”. The opposite of “chaos”, it can mean the ordered world system, or the world of people etc etc. The context where it is used tells us exactly what way we are to understand it.

In the Gospel message to unbelievers we love to announce “God so loved the world (cosmos) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world (cosmos) to condemn the world (cosmos), but that the world (cosmos) through Him might be saved. ” This is the world of people. God gave His Son to provide salvation for all the people of the world! How wonderful!

The same word is used in a different way in 1 John 2v15. “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.” John is telling Christians NOT to love the world! After telling us that God loves the world, how come? The answer is that in this chapter John is speaking about the “world-system”, that is against God, we are not to love that. It has plenty of attractions but they won’t last (1 John 2v16). It is a world that doesn’t understand Christians or Christ (1 John 3v1), in fact it hates Christians (1 John 3v13). It is full of error and false teachers (1 John 4v1-6). Christians will overcome it eventually. It is all under the sway of the Wicked One (1 John 5v19).

Take time to read the wonderful Christian Classic, “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan on the world system which he speaks of as “Vanity Fair”. (NB I don’t agree with absolutely everything in the book!)

Pilgrim’s Progress (John Bunyan) Amazon Picture

The Bible stands…

W. E. Gladstone, the famous British Prime Minister of the 19th Century, wrote about the Bible calling it “the impregnable rock of Holy Scripture”.

When asked if he was a defender of the Bible, the preacher, C. H. Spurgeon replied “I’d sooner defend a lion”.  

 The greatest Authority of all, the Lord Jesus Himself said:

 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” Matt 24v35

People deny it, destroy it, defame it but they shall never defeat it or cause one word of it to fail. Is it any wonder the Psalmist wrote. “Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven” Psalm 119v89

Rock, Gibraltar

The Bible stands like a rock undaunted
’Mid the raging storms of time;
Its pages burn with the truth eternal,
And they glow with a light sublime.

Refrain

The Bible stands though the hills may tumble,
It will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble;
I will plant my feet on its firm foundation,
For the Bible stands.

The Bible stands like a mountain towering
Far above the works of men;
Its truth by none ever was refuted,
And destroy it they never can.

Refrain

The Bible stands and it will forever,
When the world has passed away;
By inspiration it has been given,
All its precepts I will obey.

Refrain

The Bible stands every test we give it,
For its Author is divine;
By grace alone I expect to live it,
And to prove and to make it mine.

Refrain

Hal­dor Lil­le­nas

 (see http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/b/i/bibstand.htm )

Incredible creatures that defy evolution (DVD set) – review

Picture from Amazon

 If you want an enjoyable hour or two looking at some of the wonders of God’s creation, look no further than this box set. It is set in non-technical, easy to understand language and yet the evidence of intelligent design is clear for all to see. It could be used for teenagers too.

 I have watched all 3 and I would recommend them to anyone! The facts themselves at time make you stop and worship our great Creator.

 Buy for yourself, buy for your family or buy for the sceptic! The Gospel is touched upon at the end of each.

Aren’t the blessings just amazing!

Because of God’s Grace I’m born again, saved, forgiven, accepted, justified, sanctified, redeemed, a child of God, a son of God, an heir of eternal life, an inheriter of all things, elect, blessed, helped, shepherded, kept, preserved, aided, restored and loved!

Loved with everlasting love, led by grace that love to know;
Gracious Spirit from above, Thou hast taught me it is so!
O this full and perfect peace! O this transport all divine!
In a love which cannot cease, I am His, and He is mine.
In a love which cannot cease, I am His, and He is mine.

Heav’n above is softer blue, Earth around is sweeter green!
Something lives in every hue Christless eyes have never seen;
Birds with gladder songs o’erflow, flowers with deeper beauties shine,
Since I know, as now I know, I am His, and He is mine.
Since I know, as now I know, I am His, and He is mine.

Things that once were wild alarms cannot now disturb my rest;
Closed in everlasting arms, pillowed on the loving breast.
O to lie forever here, doubt and care and self resign,
While He whispers in my ear, I am His, and He is mine.
While He whispers in my ear, I am His, and He is mine.

His forever, only His; Who the Lord and me shall part?
Ah, with what a rest of bliss Christ can fill the loving heart!
Heav’n and earth may fade and flee, firstborn light in gloom decline;
But while God and I shall be, I am His, and He is mine.
But while God and I shall be, I am His, and He is mine.

George Wade Robinson

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