The World

The World. When scripture uses the word “world” it usually means one of three things:
  1. The World-place (“the planet”). “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” (Rom. 1:20)
  2. The World-people (“the people”). “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.” (John 3:16)
  3. The World-system (“the program”). “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” (John 15:18)
Worldliness. Worldliness is the character of being like the world. The world is set in direct opposition to Christ. Even “the things of the world” should be shunned by the believer (1 John 2:15). 
Results of Worldliness. As we survey the Word of God, we find that worldliness is at the root of many troubles that Christians experience. The book of Hosea is a tremendous thesis on worldliness. Worldliness:
  1. Offends the heart of God and Christ (Gal. 6:14; James 4:4; 2 Cor. 6:15; Hos. 3:1). 
  2. Destroys communion with the Father and Christ (1 John 2:15; 2 Cor. 6:15, 18; Hos. 2:13).
  3. Weakens our appetite for spiritual food (Num. 11:5; Hos. 2:5). 
  4. Loss of moral discernment (Judges 16; Hos. 7:8-11). 
  5. Brings emptiness into our soul (Jer. 2:13; Psa. 106:15)
  6. Dampens the affections for fellow-believers (2 Cor. 6:14; Amos 3:3; Hos. 4:11). 
  7. Spoil our effectiveness in service (2 Cor. 6:14; Hag. 1:6).
  8. Brings down the government of God on us (Gal. 6:8; Hos. 2:9; 4:17).

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