No Love for the World

I. The previous instructions have set the stage.

A. God is Light.  There is no darkness in Him.

1. 1 John 1:5 -- This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

2. 1 Timothy 6:16 -- who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.

B. We are required to fellowship and to walk in that light.

1. 1 John 1:6-7 -- If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

2. Ephesians 5:11 -- And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

G. God requires active warfare against wickedness.

1. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 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, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.  (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)

2. The “Law of Sin” in the flesh must be “captured” (Romans 7:23) – “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh” (Romans 7:18

3. The “Natural Brute Beast” must be “destroyed” (2 Peter 2:12) – “shall utterly perish”

II. The active love is never to be focused on the kosmos (1 John 2:15)

A. The emphasis is on the “system” the “order” of the world.

1. Colossians 2:8 -- Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

a. Love (fondness) of sophia = common wisdom
b. Empty (worthless) deception -- Ephesians 4:22 -- that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts
c. Traditions of men – Mark 7:13 -- "making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down.
d. Principles of the world -- Galatians 4:9 -- But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements to which you desire again to be in bondage?

2. Romans 12:2 -- do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

3. James 1:27 -- keep oneself unspotted from the world.

4. James 4:4 -- Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

B. The “things” of the world can draw us toward a love for the world.

1. Matthew 13:22 -- the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.

2. Mark 4:19 -- the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

3. Luke 12:29-31 -- do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.

III. The attractive power of the world is experienced through three desires.

A. The “lusts” are very powerful.

1. The desires of the flesh (our human body)

2. The desires of the eyes (our basic ambitions and stimulation by sight)

3. The pride of/in “living” (way of life)

B. Eve sets the prototypical example (Genesis 3:6)

1. Desires of the body – “good for food”.

2. Desire of the eyes – “pleasant to the eyes”

3. Pride of living – “desired to make one wise”

C. Lot provides another example.

1. Lot chose the well-watered plain of Sodom (Genesis 13:10) – physical ease

2. Lot “”pitched his tent” in Sodom (Genesis 13:12) – embraced the lifestyle

3. Lot “sat in the gate” of Sodom (Genesis 19:1) – political accommodation

IV. The world is “not of the Father” and will disregard the “love of the Father.”

A. The “flesh” is at enmity with the Father and “cannot” please the Father.

1. Romans 7:18 -- For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.

2. Romans 8:7-8 -- Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

B. The “fruits of the flesh” are the opposites of the “fruit of the Spirit.”

1. Galatians 5:17 -- For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.

2. Galatians 5:19-21 -- Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

3. Galatians 5:22-24 -- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

C. The “attitude” (and product of love for the Father) is demonstrable.

1. Proverbs 23:7 -- For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

2. Philippians 4:8 -- Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

3. Matthew 7:16-20 -- "You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?  Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

4. 1 Timothy 6:11-12 -- But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

5. Romans 6:12-14 -- Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.  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.  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

D. The biblical process is clearly set down for us to follow (Colossians 3)

1. Colossians 3:1-2 -- If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

2. Colossians 3:5-7 -- Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.

3. Colossians 3:8-9 -- But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him

4. Colossians 3:12-14 -- Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

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