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4 Ye adulterers [moichos] and [kai] adulteresses [moichalis],
know ye [eido] not [ou] that [hoti] the friendship [philia] of the world [kosmos] is [esti] enmity [echthra] with God [theos]? whosoever [hos][an] therefore [oun] will be [einai][boulomai] a friend [philos] of the world [kosmos] is [kathistemi] the enemy [echthros] of God
4 You adulteresses, do you not
know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever
wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. NASB
We all have our one true love in our life.We all have our one true companion in
life.And that one, is Bible doctrine.
And through doctrine, which is designed to function within the spiritual sphere
of life, we have a relationship with God, through Christ.
By being indifferent, by being disinterested, by
pursuing anything other than our spiritual life, we are in effect committing adultery
against our spiritual existence.
We are allowing the world to entice us, while we cheat
on that which God has designed specifically and exclusively for each one of us.
So we cheat on our one true love, our one true and
perfect love, our one and true and perfect companion.In salvation we were not only born again into
a new and supernatural life, we were also married, as it were, to Christ.That is the perfect marriage made in heaven,
which is intended to have phenomenal blessings for us.
In a perfect world, a man, a rich man, marries a
woman, a beautiful woman.And, they live
happily ever after, with him taking care of and pampering his wife.She provides the softness and beauty and
pleasures for him and he provides the financial means for enjoying life, free
Of course this is not a perfect world and marriage
generally offers more problems than it solves.
The two who are married, begin to look elsewhere and
their troubles escalate exponentially, until there is a divorce.
In the spiritual life, humanity looks elsewhere toward
the carnal world and lives his or her life outside of the spiritual realm. They
cheat on God and embrace the world.They
prostitute themselves in exchange for the cheap thrills that the world has to
offer.And everything the world offers
is by definition, cheap and worthless.
And in just two more verses, we will have a phenomenal
contrast between these cheap thrills, and the awesome rewards that God has to
But for now we learn, or we should learn, that anything
of this world, is in direct opposition toward God.Anything in this world, which acts as a
distraction, taking you away from a properly functioning spiritual life, is
You are going to save the planet?You are going to save the world?You are going to save energy and wood, and
fish and tender little animals that no one has ever heard of?You are going to define life as you see it to
be?You are going to build up a life for
yourself and not come to the aid of others under tyrants in the world?
You are trying to define your version of history?
And yet, one day, Christ is going to destroy it all.God did not place us here to make this world
an eternally better place.He placed us
here to be - 'perfect.'And our
perfection requires a transformation of the mind, not the environment.
You can line up on Gods side and pursue your spiritual
life, and everything else in this world will take care of itself.
Or, you can line up on the side of preserving the
planet, forming an alliance with nature, reasoning with criminals and tyrants
and religious fanatics, using only one square of toilet paper a day, taxing the
rich, and otherwise pursuing your utopia, and become Gods enemy.
Wanted to throw the rich comment in there just to see
if anyone will get angry, perhaps forgetting the study regarding Gods reservoirs
of resources concept.Or perhaps get
angry at anything stated here.Didn't
the Pharisees get angry with Jesus when He stated truths?
And that is exactly what people of the world do, when
they hear truth.They become intolerant
Which part do you play in life?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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