From John: I Warn You
Verses 15-17: What does it mean to love the things of the world? Why
does John switch his comments from the believer's walk, to comments regarding
love of the world? Loving the world isn't the pattern of the believer. Loving
the world typifies the life of the unbeliever. John may also be saying the
views put forth by the false teachers are actually calls to love the world,
We need to be clear on what John means by world. In the book of John he states,
"God so loved the world
" Here John is expressing
God's love for all people, and His willingness to die for them. But the world
John is warning against in these verses is the worldly system, the system
that Satan rules. Jesus identifies Satan as this world's ruler, when He said:
"I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince
of this world is coming. He has no hold on me" (John 14:30).
We are to reach out to the people who are part of the system, but we are
not to become entangled with it. It is this world that hates the believer.
"Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates
you" (1 John 3:13).
When John warns against loving the world, he is cautioning us against being
motivated by worldly things. There is nothing wrong with appreciating things
in the world that have worth, but the motivator of our walk is to be our
love of God and the desire to please Him.
To be continued.