Understanding the World
Text: Roman 1,2;
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Rom. 1:20,21;
Afterward talk about this
When you newly accept Christ you find it difficult to speak to your friends who knew you well when you where in the world why.
Things to do before the next time
Write down twenty character that where part of you old life and how it left you in Christ, share it and how God save you from it with you worldly friend let us have their reaction.
Meditate on this verses Rom. 1:18-32;
Write two pages picturing a christian who is still living a worldly life.
Understanding the world we are living in will help us choose which side we want to belong either God or satan, this is the only way, we can truely seperate our self from it mentality, reason, its focus, it insight and finally his destination. The world as we know it is created by God as a home for Man and man who where made to have dominion over it and subdue it but when Man fall choosing rather to obey devil rather than his creator, Man lost his dominion and his right as God image but Man unlike devil did not accept their faith by trying to destroy God work rather he try to repent because he knew his act has brought nakedness to him, he make a move to repent and cover himself by his effort in Gen. 3; but God knew that no physical effort can cloth man from the nakedness he has brought upon himself, so he take first step by sharing the blood of innocent lamb and use it to make cloth of skin and cover them, telling them that by the blood of innocent man shall their sin be forgiven, confirming the scripture that says without the sharing of blood there is no remission of sin. From this chapter we see that the fall of man hand the world over to satan as a payment for the sin of man as result therefore the world has only one aim fulfilling his master goals.
Now that we understand that the world has been sold to satan, do we who are redeemed need to leave the world, the answer is no but rather be in it and be seperated from the way of the controller, but one will argue but Christ death has restored the earth back to the saint but don’t forget that though reconcilliation has been accomplished, we still fall sick and die and the ground still bring thorns an thistles to us as bread, then did the death of Christ not accomplish his purpose, yes he did the scripture said in psalm, the Lord said to my Lord sit at my righthand until I make thy enemy thy footstool ……….we have not yet see everything put under him he must remain at the righthand until all his enemy are put under his foot stool his victory is our victory. So the saint do not rule until their raisen Lord rule because his reign is our reign. So though we are in the world we are not of the world and so we do not take part in its politics because it contradict the way of God, how? because the way of God are sincerity, equality and peace but this is contrary to the way of the world in which all the fruit of the flesh is complete as written in 2Cor. 12:20-21; “ 20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: 21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.“ This are some of the fruit that dominate the world not to ignore hatred, revenge and proud but this are not the character which the saint should be identify with.
.Satan rule the ruler
Satan is the god of this world, he control their activity and their quest for power, so any christian who is trying to win in the world should understand that he or she is not trying to please God but rather Satan, because as christian our communication is in the heaven not of the world, so our wisdom is not of this world that they naturally say “seeing is believing” because such wisdom is sensual but the wisdom from God is first pure and is easy to be entreat, earthly wisdom can easily be deceive by prove why heavenly wisdom is obedient and faith in the spoken word of God. Satan not only rule over the kings of the earth he determine their tenure even if the ruler is a believer because God word cannot be change, so when they are confused we know where confusion is coming from, when they are power drunk we know where it is coming from, the same force lead them into battle. This was the reason why God never wanted Israel to have a king so that they can be a kingdom of priest where equality prevail but for their stubbornness they demand a king from God as in the book of 1Sam. 8:4-8; “4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, 5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord.7 And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. 8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.“ God answer their rebellion by telling them the type of king they will have which was not different from the leader we vote for year after year. This “will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. 12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. 13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. 14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. 15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.16 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. 17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. 18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day.
19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; 20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.” 1Sam. 8: 11-20; ruler might be very good but they must fulfil this obligation until messiah take the kingdom.
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Pray for christian who still love this world to have their eye open to the truth and the purpose of their calling.