Overcoming the World–Part 3

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. I John 2:17

The third reason that believers should overcome the world is that it is only temporary. The world and all that is in it is already in the process of passing away. A believer who is enamored with the world will soon find that they are sailing on a sinking ship.

This world is full of the corruption of sin. There is not one thing produced by the world that does bear the stain of unrighteousness. There is not a person in the world who is to be held above all others in righteousness.

The things that we crave, obsess over and pursue will one day complete the process of decay and will be gone forever. I do not believe that they will even be remembered in eternity.

On the other hand, the person who does the will of God abides in continual fellowship with Him. This would tell us that the only way to perform the will of God is to eschew the world as much as possible. Our mind must be set on pleasing our heavenly Father. This would bring to mind the text of Romans 12:2, 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.

The wonderful thing that can be seen in all of this is that we CAN overcome the world. The corruption, moral decay, war, terrorism, persecution and all of the other ills of the world system should not dominate the life of God’s children. Praise be to God, we can be more than conquerors through the power of divine love.

4 responses to “Overcoming the World–Part 3

  1. [There is not a person in the world who is to be held above all others in righteousness!] That seems to be attitude of so many people when talking to them. They say that there is to many people that go to that church that think they are better than me? I just think they should adjust their attitude and go for their own personal interest in thier own salvation and not worry about what others say. I personaly attend to satisfy my own cravens not anyone else’s ! There ain’t no better way to start off the week than fellowshipping with the LORD and the fellowship with our christian friends ! It also is beneficial to us in helping us to keep our faith strong and our good conscience in working order for the coming week that is ahead of us ? Have a good weekend and blessings to all. RON.

  2. Gordon,
    It is a battle. Those of us who are in Christ have the heart to live right, and cast off the works of the world. Sometimes, though, we allow other things to cause us to lose sight of those most important matters; like loving Jesus, others, and obeying His commands, and commission.
    We tend to do what comes easiest for us rather than what is good and godly.
    Great articles.

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