Monday, March 6, 2017

Scripture Graphics 29

If this was the description of a nation that displeased God, could it not apply to an individual?

"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." 1 John 2:15
If we took just this verse, we would all have different definitions of what the "love of the world" entailed, and it would lead us to live lifestyles abstaining from certain inventions, maybe even people, and places. However, the next verse defines the love of the world that tempts every single person -- no matter what era or nationality: "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." This is what Eve yielded to. It is what Satan tempted Jesus with. It wasn't about them abstaining from things physically, but about their spiritual focus and obedience to God.

This is Jesus' purpose for coming packed in a one-verse explanation: so that He could give us understanding for us to have a relationship with God, eternal life.

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