The Scriptures clearly makes a distinction

 between friendship with God and friendship

 with the world. According to James 4:4, 

"friendship with the world is enmity with God." 

"Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the 

world becomes an adversary of God," he 


James uses strong words like "hatred" and

 "enemy" to emphasize that we can be in the

 world or the kingdom, but not both... because 

they are on opposite ends of the spectrum.

Absolute reliance on worldly pursuits and

 comfort leads people away from God and

 to disaster. If there is one god worshiped in

 our society today, it is the god of money, fleshly

 pleasures, and the comfort money can buy.

Many people want to be rich and powerful. The

 goal of government is economic growth and 

wealth, with the belief that if this goal is met, 

we will have everything we need. We may 

crave it, but possessing it does not provide the 

security and peace we expect.

Money can never buy life,

 happiness, or promote good 

in the heart of man.

The government, and even the church, fail to

 recognize that there are more important things

 than temporal wealth, and that such prosperity 

should be viewed as a byproduct of 

righteousness and godliness.

Riches alone cannot satisfy. They take you 

away from God. In the long run, they promote

 emptiness and eternal suffering.

Believers are not of this world, but sent into it. 

We are physically present, but not of it, not 

part of its values. 

John 17:14-15

Believers should make every effort not to live,

 think, or act like unbelievers. This is a grave 

disservice to God.

We are not to participate in the evil, depraved,

 and wicked activities that the world exalts, 

encourages, and prefers, nor are we to harbor

 the mundane, half-hearted, spiritless, corrupt 

minds that the world produces.

Our hearts are capable of deception. Our 

hearts will eventually deceive us. The Bible 

says of a heart that is disconnected from God, 

"The heart is more deceitful than all else and 

desperately sick; who can understand it?"

17:9 Jeremiah

The point is that evil-doing taints our hearts,

 dreams, desires, and desires. This point of view

 may not be politically correct or popular, but it

is Biblical, and until we understand it, we will 

never be truly satisfied or content. For everything

 in the world leads one from fad to fad, idol to idol,

relationship to relationship, and eventually breaks 

one down, frustrates them, and leaves them alone.

As Believers, we should be different from the rest

 of the world. We are no longer of the world, we are

 not ruled by wicked behaviors, and we are not 

bound by worldly practices.

We are not of the world, but instead sent into the 

world. Many people have lost their spiritual 

direction as a result of their carnal choices, and

 as a result, they are living a defeated life.

We are sent into the world to be a light to those

 who are in spiritual darkness. We've been saved 

from the darkness and given the Light not just to

 flee it, but also to help lead our steps as we return

 to the highways and byways to help relieve others

 of worldly burdens.

Some people ignore God's Word and go their own 

way, which leads to despair when they should be 

living a resolute and spiritually rewarding life. As 

Jesus did, we should have a liberating connection

 with humanity.

Being "in" the world also means that we can 

appreciate the things of the world, such as the

 beautiful creation that God has given us, but we

 must do so in a responsible manner.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, 

but let God transform you into a new person by 

changing the way you think. Then you will learn to

 know God’s Will for you, which is good, pleasing 

and perfect.


We are reminded to detach from

the world. Avoid the world's traps,

allurements, and pretensions.

The world is ruled by Satan, and when we 

choose the world, we join his evil army and 

become enemies of God.

Jesus is specifically states 

that we are not to be... 

“of the world.”

Those who choose worldliness choose to live in the 

enemy’s camp because all that is of the world is under

 the control of Satan. 

1 John 5:19

We are traveling through a wicked, perverted, 

fallen, and troubled world filled with treacherous

entanglements, perilous places, and corrupted foes 

out to destroy our close fellowship with God.
The world-system consists of mankind

 and society operating independently of God. 

The universe is filled with spiritual darkness

 and an underlying nature that pervades the 

human race. With its evil; yet, elementary 

principles, it can influence every aspect of 

one's thoughts and behaviors in such a way

that the morally corrupt and wicked nature

of man is made to appear increased/greater...

while God is purposefully decreased and/or

 completely excluded.

To attract and occupy people, Satan uses anything

 and everything as part of his system. When 

something takes over our lives and causes us to 

exclude God, we must recognize that it has 

become our world.

The world-system, the mortal 

world, the cosmos:

In general, the term "world" in the Scriptures refers to 

the evil world-system that is controlled by Satan. It leads 

many away from worshipping God. It is by nature apart 

from and in opposition to God.

So, while we are commanded to love the people of the 

world, we are to be wary of anything that competes with 

God for our highest affections.

The world includes people indifferent or hostile to God,

 the God-hostile environment generally, and in the widest

 sense, corruption and evil summed up under the general

 term "The world." The world rejects God and God's


Satan's world-system tries to pressure, influence, and 

tempt Believers into compromising their faith in God. The 

devil would love nothing more than to see a Believer 

compromise under pressure and deviate from following 

God's standards and instructions.

The world, with its spiritually dark and hostile system is 

ruled by Satan, the god of this world. The world-system 

does not acknowledge or have any consideration for God. 

It was established by Satan and consists of those 

philosophies and values that invariably effect the 

character, development, and behavior of humanity. Satan’s 

blatantly corrupt world-system perpetually influences the 

human race to embrace the evil values and attitudes of this 

world and live independently from God and God’s Word.

Before the flood nearly all the people of the

 world became corrupt.

Genesis 6:11

In Jesus' time the world hated Him (John 7:7) 

and will hate His followers (John 15:18-19 ). 

The world, ungodly people cannot accept God,

 because it neither sees God or knows God. 

John 14:17

Who rules the present world?

Jesus refers to Satan as the present ruler 

of the world... not Ruler of the world.

(John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11)

Satan, the god of "this age" is god of the

 unbelieving world. He has blinded the minds

of unbelievers with his false philosophies which

 people are deceived by. The unbeliever follows

 Satan's agenda. 

Although Satan is currently god of this world... 

he is NOT in control of this world. 

Satan and the army of demons that he has at 

his disposal can do nothing without God's

permission. Throughout the Scriptures there

 is one character mentioned who is said to 

be the enemy of God and God's people. He

 is known as Satan, Lucifer, the devil, the

 adversary. He is currently the god of the


 He is the one in Scripture who is called the 

“Evil one.” Satan is also called the devil. He 

possesses abhorrent qualities. 

The Scriptures describe Satan as one who exists in the 

invisible spirit realm.

(Job 1:6) 

Scripture tells us about Satan's vicious and ruthless 

qualities as well as his evil actions. 

(Job 1:13-19; 2:7, 8; 2 - Timothy 2:26)

Satan is referred to in Scripture as the accuser, 

the slanderer, the adversary, the enemy, the father

 of lies, the murderer, the wicked one, and the

 deceiver who leads humanity astray by seducing

 humanity into the ways of lies and sin.

Satan is also described as a malicious, hostile, evil-

intentioned, evil-minded, venomous, vindictive,  

accuser and adversary who is opposed to God and 


Satan is obsessed with diversions and exterminating 

God and God's people. Satan's lies are cleverly 

mixed with truth. He can be convincingly logical. 

He even had the audacity to quote Scripture to 



Satan tries to shape every aspect of thought and

 behavior in such a way that the corrupted man is 

exalted and God is ostracized and rejected.

Was there always a Satan? 


Satan, Lucifer, was an archangel, one of the chief 

angels, who, along with Michael and Gabriel, 

served at God’s throne in heaven. He was created

 by God as beautiful, wise, and perfect in his 

ways, and God withheld nothing from him... 

he had it all. 

Lucifer was blameless until unrighteousness 

was found in him. He was not content in his 

position and turned away from God. He did

 not remain true to God.

Feelings of pride and rivalry toward God

 grew within this spirit creature. His desire

 was for others to worship... him.

He became arrogant in his beauty and status

 and decided he wanted to oppose, slander,

 and sit on a throne above God.

(Isaiah 14:13-14; Ezekiel 28:15; 1Timothy 3:6)

Lucifer became envious of God! Pride led to 

Satan's fall. Satan became envious of God's 

authority over the universe and desired to be

 God. He became jealous, deceptive, rebellious, 

selfish, prideful, corrupt, a cancerous satanic

 spirit of discontent... he was the personification 

of evil. Lucifer and a third of the angels

 (Revelation 12:3–4) rebelled against God and 

attempted to take the throne of God.

Isaiah 14:13-14 

Their attempts to overthrow God failed... and 

as a result... Satan and his troops were cast 

back down to the Earth. 

Isaiah 14:12

Lucifer (Latin for “light-bringer” or 

“morning star”) was cast out of heaven and 

became Satan (Hebrew for “accuser” or 

“adversary”). He became the ruler of this 

world and the prince of the power of the air 

(John 12:13; 2Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2). 

Satan still seeks to be worshipped and 

elevated above God. He is currently 

designated as the prince of the cosmos and

 greedily, pridefully, selfishly, and devilishly 

heads the office God gave him, on earth. 

Satan has no remorse for the evil he has

done or is doing. Satan still hates and opposes

 God and anyone who loves and follows God.

Satan is an evil, lying, deceptive, rebellious thief who

hates and opposes God. However, in due season he will

 be thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur and be 

tormented day and night forever and ever. 

Revelation: 20:10

Ironically, Satan is still instrumental in God’s plan. 

Those who are in the world and of the world, living

 their own way, are grossly influenced by Satan’s 

spirit of selfishness. His influence encompasses 

worldly philosophies, ideals, opinions, lies, 

deception, and evil. 

The world is still living in rebellion to 

God’s way.

Satan is a manipulator, a deceiver, the god of this age, and 

a master in sowing discord and hate.

He roams the earth seeking out 

someone to attack.

We should never underestimate the influence that Satan 

and his demons have. They are wicked and have 

brought many good people down.

When the word "World" is used in the New Testament, 

it's a translation of the Greek word cosmos. "Cosmos" 

most often refers to the planet earth and its human 


The cosmos... “The world” is a vast order or system that 

Satan has promoted which conforms to his patterns, 

direction, and practices.

Satan is the Prince of this "Cosmos."

"The whole world is under the control of the evil one".

1 John 5:19

It is not unusual for Believers to encounter difficulties 

by belligerent and worldly minded people who make it 

their goal to pressure Believers into abandoning their 

Biblical values and compromise with evil.

Do not be surprised that the world hates you. 

1 John 3:13

Those of us who follow a hated Savior cannot be surprised 

when we encounter hatred, scorn, hostility, tormenting, 

antagonistic, contentious circumstances. We who put our 

faith in God must bear the cross of Jesus and expect to be 

crucified... there are no exemptions.

The more we love and honor God, the more we expose 

and unmask the evil of those who dishonor and reject 

God. They will hate us because of who we love and 

resemble. They hated Jesus and they will hate those 

who are trying to be more like Jesus.

This present evil cosmos, headed by Satan, makes it 

difficult to find relevant and edifying messages that can 

enhance and appeal to the heart, teach right from wrong,

 and add value to our society. Satan employs every device 

in his army to harass, hurt, divert, confuse, and tempt 

God's people.


Satan notoriously usurps our legitimate needs and 

will have people consumed, distracted, and attracted 

with his systemized sinful pleasures that ends up 

hindering people from living for God and His purpose. 

We only have to look around to see all the 

advertisements, products, activities, and inventions

 vying to attract us. We may need these things, but 

the world makes us want more than we really need.

Let us be careful to understand that Satan’s world-system 

entices and offers something for everyone who rejects 

God, whether he is upright or evil, spiritual or hostile 

towards God, well-informed or simple, affluent or 

poverty-stricken. Satan is careful to make sure 

there’s even something for the Believer in his 


Those who are in the world and of the world stand 

in opposition to the Kingdom of God. Their actions,

thoughts, and values are focused on pleasing self for

 people and they are usually focusing on earthly, 

fleshly, and temporal life activities, values, and/or 

plans as opposed to heavenly, spiritual, and eternal 

activities, values, and/or plans. 

Let us be careful not to be taken captive through

 Satan's philosophy and empty deception. We are 

wrestling against principalities, powers, the rulers

 of the darkness and wickedness in the spiritual 


The devil is trying to pin us down to keep us from 

serving God, by bringing temptation and tribulation 

against us. He is trying to keep us from serving God 

wholeheartedly by distracting us with the worries

 and cares of this world.

This is why the Bible repeatedly warns the believer

 not to love the world or the things in the world. 

We are to be set apart. 

(Colossians 2:8; James 1:27; 4:4; 1 John 2:15-16).

We do not war according to the flesh. Scripture tells us 

“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against 

the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of 

this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in 

the heavenly places.” 

Ephesians 6:12

To be "Not of the world" requires us to be free 

of worldly influences. It means that we do not 

act as the material world does.

Material possessions, money, fame, fortune, 

prominence, drugs, sex, neediness of acceptance, 

approval, validation, or applause from people 

may gain ground with people, for a while, but

 Jesus taught that our focus should be away

 from this world… and placed upon the things 

of God’s kingdom... which have real value and

 will have no end.

Yes, our relationship with God is of much greater 

value than any cravings for power, spotlights, 

partying, playing, or superficial-worldly 


As believers, we should be set apart from the

 world… living a more righteous life... walking

 in God's Will and not engaging ourselves in the

 dark activities the world promotes, nor should

 we desire to retain the tasteless, corrupt, dark, 

and murky environments and mindset that the 

world creates.

The lotus flower is also seen as a metaphor for

 the human who rises from the darkness of the 

world... striving through the difficulties, and 

embracing a more godly way of thinking and 


The Lotus Flower

is one of the most ancient and auspicious 

symbols of our planet. It is the symbol of 

purity of the heart, mind, and body. It is a 

symbol of spiritual attainment.

The lotus flower has the ability to beautifully

 blossom and become detached.

The roots of a lotus are in the mud. The stem of

 the lotus flower grows up through the water, and

 the fragrant flower, which can be described as 

having a rich, warm, and tropical forest smell, 

rises above the surface of the water, where it 

can sunbathe in the sunlight. 

This gorgeous, blooming flower emerges from

 the dirty, murky, and muddy bottom of a pond,

 but still remains untouched and unstained by

 the murky waters surrounding it.

Just like the lotus... we also have the ability to 

rise from the mud and bloom out of this corrupt 

world. The lotus flowers pattern of growth 

symbolizes the breakthrough of the soul from 

the primeval chaos of materialism, through the 

waters of experience and understanding, and 

into the light of wisdom, creativity, knowledge,

 refinement, and edification. 

The lotus flower grows from the mud and finds

 its way through purifying waters to open up to 

the light.

Being “in” the world and not "of" the world also 

means we can enjoy God's amazing creation, and

 not get caught up in the mindset of what the world

 values. We are set apart from the wickedness of

the cosmos as we seek to live a holy, righteous life. 

We are in the world, in contact with the world; yet,

we must retain our distinctive Kingdom character... 

refusing to allow the Cosmos to trick us into its 

corrupt and emptiness.

God wants us to become actively involved “in” 

the world so that we can fully accomplish all of

His perfect Will for our lives. God desires that we 

walk in our calling, our missions, our divine 


Again, we cannot properly walk in our calling 

and accomplish our divine assignments if we 

are not willing to get actively involved “in” 

the world to some degree and to some extent.

 Jesus Himself went full scale into His 

surroundings. Jesus was constantly preaching, 

teaching, healing and delivering people. He 

was in the world, but did not allow the corrupt

 world to get in Him.

Jesus is telling His Father not to take us out 

of the world, since we all have a great commission

 and call from Him to share the Good News and

 help as many people as we possibly can.

We cannot “reach” the lost, the downtrodden, 

the helpless, the poor, the sinners, and the people 

who are being held in some type of captivity if 

we are not “in” the world trying to witness, 

teach, and reach them with the Good News.

We live in a world of darkness, but we are not 

part of that darkness. 

"We are ambassadors for Christ" 

(2 Corinthians 5:20),

spreading His fragrance 

(2Corinthians 2:15-16

through the world.

Our hearts will be less interested in the things

 of the world as we strive to be more like Jesus.

Separate from the world!

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of 

darkness, but rather reprove them.

Ephesians 5:11

James 4:4 says, 

“Don’t you know that friendship with the 

world is enmity with God?”

God gave us a strong and unequivocal command

 concerning the world in... 

1John 2:15:

“Do not love this world nor the things 

it offers you, for when you love the 

world, you do not have the love 

of the Father in you.”

Set your affection on things above, not 

on things on the earth.

Colossians 3:2

Some misinterpret what God is trying to tell them 

when He says that we are not to be “of” the world. 

Some may think they should be retreating from 

life and everyone in general becoming a recluse... 

hiding away from as much of the world as they 

possibly can.

So, when the Bible says that Satan is the "god 

of this world," it is not saying that he has 

ultimate authority. It is conveying the idea that 

Satan rules over the unbelieving world in a

 specific way.

The phrase “god of this world” (or “god of 

this age”) indicates that Satan is the major 

influence on the ideals, opinions, goals, hopes 

and views of the majority of people. 

His influence also encompasses the world’s

 philosophies, education, and commerce. The 

thoughts, ideas, speculations and false religions

 of the world are under his control and have 

sprung from his lies and deceptions.

This is not to say that he rules the world 

completely; God is still sovereign. But it does 

mean that God, in His infinite wisdom, has 

allowed Satan to operate in this world within 

the boundaries God has set for him. When the 

Bible says Satan has power over the world,

we must remember that God has given him

 domain over unbelievers only. Believers are

 no longer under the rule of Satan.

God wants us to remain unspotted from the world... 

not becoming too friendly or attached to the ways

 and material things of this world.

We are to stay “in” the world. We have a holy 

mission and calling from God on what it is He 

wants us to accomplish as we journey through 

this life.

Our number one goal in life should be to accomplish, 

to the best of our abilities, God’s perfect will for our 


Our goal should be to serve God and do what He 

wants us to do and not to chase after the world and 

all the material wealth and possessions of this world, 

which will do nothing but rot and perish the 

minute we leave and depart from this life.

We have to keep all of our priorities straight, 

and our number one priority should be to want

 to serve God and accomplish His perfect will

for our lives. 

If we make that our number one goal and 

aspiration in this life, then God will appropriately

 reward each one of us in due season. And those

 rewards will far surpass and exceed any of the

 material wealth and possessions that we could

 have gained in this fallen world.

Scripture warns us about being taken in by the evils 

of this cosmos. We must come out from among them

 and not get our worlds mixed up.

Ships and boats are designed to drift, glide, hover, 

and sail on top of the water... they were not designed

 to capsize and sink. Even though they are enveloped 

by water on all sides... an entire sea of water cannot 

sink a ship unless the water gets inside the vessel. 

It is good for the vessel to be in the water, but not 

a good thing if the water gets into the vessel... it 

only takes a small entry for that issues to unfold.

The same holds true for us being in the world, but 

not of the world. The wickedness of the world 

cannot pollute us except that we allow it to get 

inside of us. We cannot allow the world's 

ungodly morals, values, and bad behavior to

 infiltrate our lives and cause us to capsize, 

become fouled with grit and grime, be navigated

 by wickedness and sink us to this dark world's level. 

Like the ships and boats... they can be in the ocean, 

but they cannot be a a part of it.

If the Believer chooses to think like the world around

 him and become enamored with the world systems 

of evil, then he’s defeated and becomes a spiritual 

casualty. This is what we must separate from. We 

can associate and love those who are involved in 

the world without being contaminated, influenced, 

and swayed by it as we stay on the path of 

righteousness and draw nearer to God.

Separating evil from our lives has become even more 

essential since our homes are wired to bring much of what 

the Lord has condemned into our own living rooms if we 

are not vigilant.

Our youth are bombarded with all kinds of deception 

through media, movies, music, and basically everywhere 

they turn. The basic premise is “If it feels right, just do it.” 

This is basically what teens are spoon-fed from the culture 

in general. 

We cannot allow the world's sewage to shape our minds

 or contaminate our thoughts. We should be vigilant in

 adverse circumstances and avoid potential danger that 

compromises our decisions.

Young people, don’t allow the enemy to deceive you! 

God’s plan for your life begins now and not just 

someday down the road.

We live in a sin-sick world where humanity is plagued

with extreme indulgence in worldly pleasures, depravity,

suffering, and unrighteousness. The world seems to sweat

wickedness, evilness, fits of anger, division, strife, 

dissension, enmity, jealousy, envy, idolatry, rivalries, and

highly unrighteous and immoral behavior from its pores. 

In today's society, people are being swamped, influenced,

and distracted by mainstream broadcast media, on-the-

loose, with a never-ending stream of unrestrained worldly


 Television, radio, news media outlets, print media, etc.,

 are increasingly cluttered with tons of suggestive stage-

crafting... than most unsuspecting people realize. The 

entertainment media is fostered by the cosmos. This 

relentless stream of content overload makes it extremely 

difficult to cut through and not get entangled in all of the 

noise and folly.

Many media outlets are under the influence of the cosmos 

and have a tendency to produce and defend lifestyles

 characterized by envy, material success, selfish pleasures,

 the pride of life, strife, competition, opposition, division, 

and the exclusion of God. 

Most of their systemized entertainment and/or 

programming saturates and tends to gravitate towards

promiscuity, sexual exploits, and almost any other kind of 

glorified perversion that corrupts, distracts, and deceives 

viewers, listeners, and readers. This is the world God 

warns us about.

Worldly pressures come through Satan 

in the form of sin and temptation. 

Every person has struggled with temptation. Even walking 

with God for many years does not eliminate or even 

minimize the dangers of temptation. 

In whatever sphere of life we discover ourselves to be in 

and whatever task we are employed… let us never forget:

 Satan’s desire is to steal, kill, 

and destroy. 

He uses temptation and sin to destroy Believers. Satan's

 hostile world-system makes every attempt to put pressure

 on us in every sphere of life in an effort to get us to 

conform to the patterns of the world. 

Believers will often find themselves faced with 

tormenting, antagonistic, hostile, and contentious 

circumstances from those who live and walk in Satan's 


We live in a worldly culture that lacks self respect, 

dignity, compassion, kindness, and love. Many 

wandering souls have been influenced by the pleasures 

and influences of the world. Some seem adrift 

morally, spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally. Some 

may be lost to drugs, alcohol, greed, sexual promiscuity,

 gambling, and have no regard or respect for human life.

Satan's job is to blind the minds of unbelievers, that they 

might not see the light of God. Many unsuspecting 

individuals are blindsided by Satan's Spiritual attacks.

Far too many have chosen to live in the world apart 

from God and have grown hostile towards people and 

God. Their only goals and ambitions in this life is to try 

and gain as much of the material and lustful things out of 

this life as they possibly can. They seem to purposely

entangle themselves in worldly pleasures and materialism 

which are absolutely contrary to righteousness. 

Those who are in the world and of the world stand 

in opposition to the Kingdom of God. Their actions,

thoughts, and values are focused on pleasing self for 

people and they are usually focusing on earthly, fleshly,

 and temporal life activities, values, and/or plans as 

opposed to heavenly, spiritual, and eternal activities,

 values, and/or plans. 

Unfortunately, some have knowingly allowed the culture’s 

ungodly morals, values, attitudes, and behaviors to

infiltrate their lives... on every level. These worldly 

pleasures have kept many apart from knowing God and 

their true purpose in life.

Scripture speaks with absolute 

authority… it says because we’re in the world, 

we will have tribulation, temptation, and pressure.

It is an unavoidable part of life in this world, but as 

Believers… we must never compromise! We must 

be willing to fight on the battlefield, in this corrupt 

world, each day to survive.

We are not slaves to our sinful natures, but act in 

accordance with righteousness.

(Romans 6:6, 11)

We are told to

put to death things that are of our sinful 

natures and to flee from immorality.

(Colossians 3:5-10; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Galatians 5:16-

24; Ephesians 5:3-11)

The worldly person rejects God and seeks to live on 

their own, independently from God. They reject God 

as having any say over their life. They love things and

 people who are of the world, and despise those who are 

in the world, but choose not to be of the world.

The pride in one’s lifestyle is not from God, but is from 

the world. The wicked, greedy, prideful world-system 

chooses, either consciously or unconsciously, to function 

without God. 

For all that is in the world, the lust of the 

flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, 

is not from the Father, but is from the world. 

1John 2:16

In this age, in the hearts of many, the powers of evil, false 

doctrine, corrupt morals, strife, contention, persecution, 

greed, pride, opposition, competition, and fears abound 

and leading many into a lost eternity. 

There is an undercurrent in the cosmos... it runs against 

and in contradiction to the Way and Will of God. These 

currents are stirred and troubled by Satan. They are 

intended to entrap and ensnare God's witnesses.

Jesus warns that a person may "gain the whole world" (the 

material things of this passing age) yet lose life in the next 

(Matthew 16:26; parallels Mark 8:36 ; Luke 9:25). Paul 

expresses concern that believers may become so caught up 

in the affairs of this world that they will experience undue 

hardship in living for Christ (1Corinthians 7:29-35).

The present world is passing away even now (1John 2:17). 

Living in this transient world, one must not love it

(2Timothy 4:10), become conformed to its ways 

(Romans12:2), or fall in love with its godless "wisdom" 

(1Corinthians 2:6 ; 3:18-19; James 3:15). Instead one 

must live a godly life (Titus 2:12), avoiding the snares of 

the "present evil age" from which Christ's death has set

His people free. 

Galatians 1:4

We must stay awake and alert... increasing our awareness

 of the various influences in our lives.

Jesus says that His kingdom is 

“Not of this world.” 

John 18:36

If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me  

before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world 

would love its own; but because you are not of the world, 

but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world 

hates you. 

John 15:18-19

Jesus recognized that Satan has a kingdom.

His kingdom is this world.

1 John 5:19  

Jesus meticulously called Satan a murderer from the

 beginning. Jesus identified Satan as the criminal 

mastermind behind the corrupt world we live in. He called 

him “the ruler of this world.” 

John 12:31; 16:11

In Matthew 10:16-22 God said that He was sending the 

Kingdom people forth as sheep in the midst of wolves.

God has given us a strong and unequivocal command


concerning the world...


Do not love the world."

As believers, we need to know clearly what is meant by 

"The world" and who rules the world... so we can guard 

ourselves from loving it and being deceived and distracted 

by it.

The World, as it is used in the 


God created the world and all things therein. God 

designed the world to be fruitful. God's creation includes 

provision for all creation. (Psalm 104:10-22)

For God so loved the world and the world's inhabitants. 

The Biblical concepts of world falls into five categories: 

*The physical world, includes the whole universe, 

the cosmos (John 1:9; Acts 17:24) or the creation. (Romans 8:20) 

*The human world, the inhabited earth created with 

delight by God's wisdom. 

Proverbs 8:27-31

*The moral world, refers to the people of the world... in a 

neutral sense... and the subclass of indifferent and hostile 

people who reject God. God's Will and His Ways.

*The temporal world, the present world is temporary.

*The coming world: 

Satan rules only this world 

( John 12:31 ; 14:30 ; 16:11 ; Corinthians 4:4 ), 

not the next one, while Jesus' kingdom 

is "not of this world," ( John 18:36 ) 

but belongs to the coming age. 

The believer may look 

forward to the new world, "a new heaven 

and a new earth, the home of righteousness."

2 Peter 3:13; Revelations 21:1-5

 See what great love the Father has lavished 

on us, that we should be called children of God! And that 

is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is 

that it did not know Him.

1 John 3:1

Jesus says that those who believe in Him are no longer a 

part of the world. Sin has no power over us, and we do not 

have to be trapped by the corrupt precepts of the world.

As we shed the garment of the world we have peace not of 

this world. Our peace in any situation comes straight from 

the Lord, the Prince of Peace: 

"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as 

the world gives do I give to you".

John 14:27

We are still in this world but we

are no longer of it.

John 17:14

We are still surrounded by all the horrors and tragedies of 

this life, but this is not our life (Philippians 3:8-14). The 

knowledge that we are not of this world gives Believers 

promise even in the darkest times (1 Peter 1:6-9); the 

promise that this world of darkness and despair will pass.  

God will wipe away every tear from our eyes; there will 

be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall 

there be any more pain: for the former things are passed 

away. How different it will be from the condition in the 

world's system.

Overcoming the world-system can be  a proving ground 

for our faith. It can be the ideal soil for spreading the 

seeds of the Good News... not to reform or remake the 

world-system, not to hold it in contempt, but to proclaim 

the Good News that God loves the world, He created.

 Being in the world and not conforming to the world

 enables us to secure... higher ground... for our highest 


This is my Father's world, and to my listening ears

all nature sings, and round me rings

the music of the spheres.

This is my Father's world: I rest me in the thought.

Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas--

His hand the wonders wrought.

 This is my Father's world: The birds their carols raise,

the morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker's praise.

This is my Father's world: He shines in all that's fair;

in the rustling grass I hear Him pass,

He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father's world: O let me ne'er forget

that though the wrong seems oft so strong,

God is the Ruler yet.

This is my Father's world: Why should my heart be sad?

The Lord is King: let the heavens ring!

God reigns; let earth be glad! 

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