I’ve been talking about the spiritual war that we find ourselves in. The first battleground was internal. It’s the war against the flesh. Having talked about that for a few posts, I now want to move on to the next area of conflict.
…for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
1 John 5:4
Our next area of struggle is against the world. But, just saying that means different things to different people. Before I can talk about this battle, I need to explain what exactly is meant by the world.
The word that’s translated, world, is usually the Greek word, cosmos. This word is NOT talking about the planet earth.
As a matter of fact, we’re not even talking about the people on the earth. The Bible is clear that our fight is not against fellow human beings.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood…
As Christians, we can’t look at any group of people and label them the enemy. Many believers are against certain groups. Let me be clear. According to Scripture, abortionists, the LGBT community, Democrats and Republicans are NOT our enemies.
We need to understand clearly that the world we struggle against is not the people around us. Then what does the Bible mean by the world?
The Greek word, cosmos, is about the world system. It’s the way the world operates. It’s how the people of the earth relate to each other. It’s how they go about pursuing life and happiness. It’s how our society works.
The problem with this world system is that it’s broken. It was messed up when Adam and Eve fell from grace.
We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
1 John 5:19
When Adam fell, control of the system passed into the hands of the devil. He now sets the rules for how society operates.
That’s why many get frustrated by the outcomes of certain situations. It’s not about what’s fair or right or just. In most cases, things turn out according to the agenda set by the devil.
If that’s the case, then where does mankind fit into the equation?
But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.
Our society operates according to the rules set by the enemy. The people in this system try to live the best that they can as they follow those rules. In effect, they’re prisoners of this system. It’s a system where sin, missing the mark of perfection, is the main goal.
That’s the place that we find ourselves as believers. We’re in this system. But, the Good News is that we’re not a part of the system. In Christ, we’re not subject to the same rules and constraints as the rest of the population.
Over the next few posts, I’ll explain how our victory over the world system works.
Question: How do you see this world system working in the lives of those around you?
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