1 John 2:15-16
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
- Definition of this world
- The physical world
Acts 17:24 – God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.
- The human world
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
- The evil world
1 John 5:19 – We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.
- Divisions within this world
- Lust of the flesh
- Lust of the eyes
- Pride of life
- Deceitfulness of this world
- Friendship with the world
James 4:4 – Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
- Spotted by the world (patterning life after the world)
James 1:27 – Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
- Conformed to the world
Romans 12:2 – And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
- Condemned with the world
1 Corinthians 11:32 – But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
- Destruction of the world
1 John 2:17 – And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
2 Peter 3:10-11 — But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness?