“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.”
When once one was a HEATHEN, one looked to the world for MANY things.
The world provided information about any number of topics.
The world provided amusement in the form of ENTERTAINMENT and PASTIMES.
The world provided the MUSIC which seemed to accompany any and all parts of modern life.
The world provided AMENITIES, which seemed to make life just a LITTLE more bearable for those forced to live it.
The world provided a GREAT NUMBER of NARRATIVES (stories) about how good and benevolent the world was, is and always has been.
In short, the world provided all of the above, PLUS money (to buy cars, houses and other things of the world), things (which could be bought for money), acclaim and recognition, and AMUSEMENTS AND TRIVIALITIES to while away the time.
THE WORLD was the source of all that was seemingly good…
…when one was a heathen.
Eventually, one left the path of the heathen and became a member of the kingdom of heaven.
During this time, it was discovered that one’s outlook THEN changed drastically aswell.
The world and the things of the world THEN didn’t look so bright and shiny as they had looked earlier.
Those things THEN looked corrupted.
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” –2PETER 1:4
Again, one’s outlook THEN changed drastically.
No longer was the world looked upon as a CORNUCOPIA OF GOOD THINGS.
No longer was the world a provider of what man did not have.
No longer did all paths appear to lead to the world.
One lost interest in the world and what the world offers.
Because the world and what the world has to offer is TEMPORARY; fleeting and brief.
When one was no longer a HEATHEN, one became fascinated with what is real; what is PERMANENT; what is lasting and enduring.
It is THEN that the former heathen discovers (to his great surprise and disappointment) that the world is NOT his friend.
“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.”
…And whoever is an enemy of God is an enemy of someone who is a member of the kingdom of heaven.
…And in the last days, one VERY MUCH should desire to be a member of the kingdom of heaven.
WHAT does the reader believe about the world and what the world has to offer?
It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“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 appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: August 8, 2022.]
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