“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.”
This world is not as it appears.
This world, the things of this world and all that this world represents are enemies of God.
But the world doesn’t admit to its wickedness: the world pretends it is good and loving and true. The world has a thin tasty shell of attractiveness covering a chewy core of sin. The world is deceptive.
The world is not as it seems.
Those immersed in the world want others to think they are “good people.” Much that the world has to offer (sin) is marketed as “FUN!” in order to mislead and deceive.
But the world gives itself away whenever it encounters Jesus Christ or one of His followers.
Though the world hates any true follower of Jesus Christ, the world hated Jesus Christ Himself first.
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”
THE WORLD IS NOT AS IT APPEARS
The believer knows he is not of this world. Oh, he might forget it for a short time while engrossed in a task, but a trip into the world is all it takes to remind one that this world hates Jesus Christ and all who follow Him.
“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.”
All who look like sheep are not.
All who appear as angels of light are not.
All that is promoted as “FUN!“–even “good, clean fun“–is usually not.
All who smile are not friends.
This world is not as it seems.
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
—2 Corinthians 11:14-15
Is the reader fascinated by the world and the things of the world? Has the reader put his trust and faith in the things of this world (prescriptions, doctors, scientists, politics, cars, houses, money, job, etc.)?
It’s still not yet too late to change.
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”
—2 Corinthians 4:3
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece originally appeared in End Times Prophecy Headlines: May 6, 2016.]
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