Jesus Is Not Of The World
“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”John 1:10
“And he said unto them, ye are from beneath; I am from above; ye are of this world; I am not of this world.” John 8:23
This world with all its glitter will never satisfy anyone. How can it when the majority of those who live on this earth are cold, unloving, dishonest, careless and heartless in their thinking? So, why would anyone want to settle for this world that is soon going to burn up when they can have so much more? It is because they do not realize that Jesus loves them and is so willing to make life very pleasant for them if they would just reach out to Him. He wants to bless every person on this earth abundantly and give them the privilege of living with Him in the World Made New.
“I pray for them; I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 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. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of 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.” John 17:9, 14, 15, 16
“The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.” John 7:7
If the majority came to realize that this world is only temporary, would they choose to walk on a different path? Would they turn their backs on this world and choose to walk on the path that leads to the Kingdom of God?
Many, this very minute, are walking on a path that is leading them into total darkness, and they do not realize it. Satan is so sly and cruel. He knows that his time is short, and he wants to take as many people to hell with him as he can.
We Are Not To Be Of The World
“And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” I Corinthians 2:12
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 2:8
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.” John 15:18-21
“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:8-11
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5
My heart goes out to those that do not believe the Lord Jesus will someday create a New Heaven and a New Earth. If they believed the day will come when Jesus will create a New Heaven and a New Earth, it would give them such hope. To focus on this world day after day is what makes people so depressed. They can’t mentally handle what is taking place in this world; so, they turn to things that will harm their bodies such as drugs or alcohol. Of course, this makes Satan jump and down with glee. He loves to cause people heartache and pain.
“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.” James 4:4
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” II Corinthians 5:17
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27
“Abstain from all appearance of evil.” I Thessalonians 5:22
“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 of 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.” I John 2:15-17
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” I Timothy 6:10
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24
The joy of totally surrendering our lives to Jesus and spending every minute of the day thinking about His goodness and love will help us all to turn away from this world. As we draw closer to Him day by day, we will have the peace and comfort of knowing He will supply all our needs. We know He will take care of all our tomorrows. We have nothing to fear. We can trust in Him, completely.
“Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called uncircumcision by that which is call the circumcision in the flesh made by hands; that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world; but now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:11-13
Satan knows that he is going to end up in the lake of fire along with all his evil angels. “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” Matthew 25:41 If he can trick people into thinking this world is all there is, and they are okay if they never surrender their lives to Jesus Christ, then He has them walking on the path that will lead them to eternal death. If they keep walking on that wrong path, they will become more and more like Satan, and this world will become more corrupt. Plus, they are destroying their chance for eternal life. We all have just one life, and if during this one lifetime we do not surrender our lives to Jesus Christ and follow and obey Him, then we will be eternally lost.
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13, 14