Musings on… Do Not Love the World

Do Not Love the World

 1 John 2: 15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

Definition ‘of the world’?

What is the world and what should we love and not love? It looks as if there are 3 things, big things. Read on ~

John Wesley states:

Verse 15. To you all, whether fathers, young men, or little children, I say, Love not the world – Pursue your victory by overcoming the world. If any man love the world -Seek happiness in visible things, he does not love God.

Verse 16. The desire of the flesh – Of the pleasure of the outward senses, whether of the taste, smell, or touch.

The desire of the eye – Of the pleasures of imagination, to which the eye chiefly is subservient; of that internal sense whereby we relish whatever is grand, new, or beautiful.

The pride of life – All that pomp in clothes, houses, furniture, equipage, manner of living, which generally procure honour from the bulk of mankind, and so gratify pride and vanity. It therefore directly includes the desire of praise, and, remotely, covetousness. All these desires are not from God, but from the prince of this world.

Verse 17. The world passeth away, and the desire thereof– That is, all that can gratify those desires passeth away with it. But he that doeth the will of God – That loves God, not the world. Abideth – In the enjoyment of what he loves, for ever.

Matthew Henry states:

Verses 15-17 The things of the world may be desired and possessed for the uses and purposes which God intended, and they are to be used by his grace, and to his glory; but believers must not seek or value them for those purposes to which sin abuses them. The world draws the heart from God; and the more the love of the world prevails, the more the love of God decays. The things of the world are classed according to the three ruling inclinations of depraved nature.

1. The lust of the flesh, of the body: wrong desires of the heart, the appetite of indulging all things that excite and inflame sensual pleasures.

2. The lust of the eyes: the eyes are delighted with riches and rich possessions; this is the lust of covetousness.

3. The pride of life: a vain man craves the grandeur and pomp of a vain-glorious life; this includes thirst after honour and applause.

The things of the world quickly fade and die away; desire itself will ere long fail and cease, but holy affection is not like the lust that passes away. The love of God shall never fail. Many vain efforts have been made to evade the force of this passage by limitations, distinctions, or exceptions. Many have tried to show how far we may be carnally-minded, and love the world; but the plain meaning of these verses cannot easily be mistaken. Unless this victory over the world is begun in the heart, a man has no root in himself, but will fall away, or at most remain an unfruitful professor. Yet these vanities are so alluring to the corruption in our hearts, that without constant watching and prayer, we cannot escape the world, or obtain victory over the god and prince of it.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible

16. all that is in the world–can be classed under one or other of the three; the world contains these and no more.
lust of the flesh–that is, the lust which has its seat and source in our lower animal nature. Satan tried this temptation the first on Christ: Luke 4:3, “Command this stone that it be made bread.” Youth is especially liable to fleshly lusts.
lust of the eyes–the avenue through which outward things of the world, riches, pomp, and beauty, inflame us. Satan tried this temptation on Christ when he showed Him the kingdoms of the world in a moment. By the lust of the eyes David (2 Samuel 11:2) and Achan fell (Joshua 7:21). Compare David’s prayer, Psalms 119:37; Job’s resolve, Psalms 31:1, Matthew 5:28. The only good of worldly riches to the possessor is the beholding them with the eyes. Compare Luke 14:18, “I must go and SEE it.”
pride of life–literally, “arrogant assumption”: vainglorious display. Pride was Satan’s sin whereby he fell and forms the link between the two foes of man, the world (answering to “the lust of the eyes”) and the devil (as “the lust of the flesh” is the third foe). Satan tried this temptation on Christ in setting Him on the temple pinnacle that, in spiritual pride and presumption, on the ground of His Father’s care, He should cast Himself down. The same three foes appear in the three classes of soil on which the divine seed falls: the wayside hearers, the devil; the thorns, the world;the rocky undersoil, the flesh (Matthew 13:18-23, 4:3-8).

The world’s awful antitrinity, the “lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life,” similarly is presented in Satan’s temptation of Eve: “When she saw that the tree was good for food, pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise,Genesis 3:6 (one manifestation of “the pride of life,” the desire to know above what God has revealed, Colossians 2:8, the pride of unsanctified knowledge).
of–does not spring from “the Father” (used in relation to the preceding “little children,” 1 John 2:12, or “little sons”). He who is born of God alone turns to God; he who is of the world turns to the world; the sources of love to God and love to the world, are irreconcilably distinct.

Some cross references here

So, what are some of YOUR loves of the world?

I’d like to say I’m pretty good with these 3 things. I’d LIKE to say that…… but I fall very, very short.

I lust for food, to be warm and comfortable.

I lust for things of this world, be it yarn, tattoos, clothes, different color hair, different body shape, etc.

I desire praise, different body shape, acknowledgement of my accomplishments, Jeez, I blog, for crying out loud, what better way to get attention?  😉

So feed me, leave a comment, tell me your lusts of the world, but keep them PG13!

Blessings, Kristina

5 responses »

  1. great minds think alike 😉 although I didn’t get into depth at my place. I’m really concerned about gleaning from those of the “world” for spiritual enlightenment mistaking it for Godly growth…it’s a fine line.

  2. I did need to answer your question.

    My biggest worldly treasure? Physical comfort. It has never led me to addictions as such, but it has led me to become lazy or stagnant. i think Satan knows exactly what he is doing when I am enticed to be undisciplined.

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