Our key Bible passage today is 1 John 2:15: “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.”
Our lesson today is titled “The Dangers of Loving the World, Part 1”
Every Christian is called to spiritual warfare! The Bible speaks of three terrible enemies that war against the Christian—the flesh, the world, and the devil. We have already considered the flesh, so in this lesson, we will study about the enemy called “the world.”
The Bible uses the word “world” in three different ways. First, it can refer to THE EARTH or the cosmos which God created. Next, it can refer to PEOPLE as in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world…” A third use is found in I John 2:15, where the child of God is warned, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.”
Here, “the world” refers to the WORLD-SYSTEM, which is a deadly enemy of the child of God. This is the sense in which we will be using the word in this lesson.
What is the World-System? How did it come into being? Who controls it? How does it affect the unsaved person, and how does it affect the Christian? These are important questions, and we are going to learn the answers in this lesson.
To understand how the world-system came into being, we must go back to the beginning of things. The first man, Adam, was created in the image of God and was given the rulership of the earth. But Adam rebelled against God. When he did this, he actually took sides with Satan and came under the rule of Satan. Adam brought the whole human race into the kingdom of darkness and under the power of Satan. Thus, the rulership of the earth passed out of Adam’s hands and into Satan’s hands. This is why the Bible calls Satan “the god of this world.”
Even though Satan had the human race in his kingdom, he still had a problem. His problem was how to keep people in his kingdom. Those who turned to God in repentance and faith escaped Satan’s rule. Of course, Satan did not like this, so he came up with a plan.
Satan organized the human race into a “world-system” based on pride, ambition, selfishness, greed, and sinful pleasure. You can see that there is nothing of God in these things. Thus, the world-system is human society with God left out.
Satan’s world-system includes commerce, politics, religion, education, entertainment, world kingdoms, world organizations, and many other things. Through his world-system, Satan can offer people power, riches, possessions, worldly honours, intellectual achievement, and social prestige as well as all kinds of sinful pleasures. Satan can give people just about anything they could want and thus make them satisfied to remain under his rule and to leave God out of their lives.
Who then is the RULER of the world-system? We see that the ruler is Satan himself. This will come as a surprise to many people, but the Bible makes it clear that “the course of this world” is governed by Satan. Satan allows men to be in charge of things but he himself is the real ruler behind the scenes. The Bible says in I John 5:19, “…the whole world lies in the lap (or power) of the wicked one.” In saying this however, let us keep in mind that God is the sovereign Ruler of the universe. Satan rules the world-system only because God permits him to do so.
What is the CHARACTER of the world-system? Its basic character is hatred against God and against His Son. The Bible says, “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against His Anointed.” At the crucifixion of Jesus, those in Satan’s world-system showed their hatred toward God’s Son when they cried out, “We will not have this man to reign over us! Away with Him! Crucify Him!”
What is the PURPOSE of the world-system? Its purpose is to draw men’s hearts away from God and from doing His will. Satan has something attractive and appealing to offer each person. He deceives the unsaved people into thinking that the things of this life are all that matter. He wants them to spend their lives seeking after these things so they will never have time to think about their need of being saved.
What about Christians? Can Satan deceive us? Yes, he certainly can! Satan uses the attractive things of the world to turn our hearts from God and from doing His will. This is why the Bible warns us to “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.”
In our next lesson, we will look at how Jesus Christ conquered Satan’s world-system and how we can conquer the world-system through Him.
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.