THE WORLD SYSTEM!

WHAT IS IT LIKE?

The world system is the culture and social order we live in that Satan controls and is opposed to God’s teachings. It is allowed by God to operate throughout all nations. Demonically controlled people lured into almost anything you could imagine which is anti Christ and anti God exists. However, we must remember God is still over it all, that is, He is in control of Satan and Demons and they can only carry out their sinister work as God permits! Yes, God permits and allows evil to exist but HE takes these things evil does and turns them around and brings out of it all wonderful and awesome righteous and holy things! Remember the CROSS!

Satan is “the god of this present age” (i.e., the present world-order). Satan rules nations and cultures through fallen angels or demons. This makes the culture and social order we live in “enemy-held territory.” Adam was originally God’s steward, manager, and overseer of the created order, but Adam abdicated this office and its authority when he disobeyed God in the garden. Hebrews chapter 2 in the Scriptures, discusses the program of God which will restore Adam lost estate back into even greater status than it was. The following notes concern the nature of the “world” which opposes God and God’s people.

THE NATURE OF THIS CURRENT WORLD SYSTEM!


The World: The Greek word kosmos, meaning “ornament, decoration, arrangement” gives us our English word “cosmetics.” When the Bible speaks about not loving the “world” the reference is not to nature but to the social order, the culture of the nations.


1 John 2:15-17 is a key reference:


Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. 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. And the world passes away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”


The “world-system” involves a concern for external appearances more than inner content and quality. As used in the New Testament, the world does not refer to nature, but to the world-system, to society and human culture. The world system is outwardly religious, scientific, cultured and elegant. Inwardly it seethes with national and commercial rivalries.
The general characteristics of “the world” as the term is used in the Bible when referring to the fallen “world system” may be described roughly as follows. The world:

  • Produces conformity to cultural norms or traditions of men; stifles individuality.

When we day by day observe events, read the newspapers, watch the television news and hear a radio newscast , we see and hear a lot of terrible things. Evil, terrible events, death, destruction, disease, failure, etc. are the prominent themes of the news. One can get overwhelmed with it. The Bible is the only source which explains evil and why it is taking place on this earth. We find that mankind is the problem.

HUMANS ARE USED TO PROMOTE THE EVIL WORLD SYSTEM BY SATAN!

Humans are radically corrupt. We (BEFORE SALVATION) are not as corrupt as we possibly could be at any given time or moment, but each of us are or were, radically corrupt. In fact, this radical corruption goes to the very “core” of our being! We are born with a sinful flesh, (heart), soul and spirit. Completely infected with sin! The Bible speaks of this corruption in us as the “law of sin”! This “law of sin” is always battling against a Christian’s “new nature in Christ” and the “law of the Spirit” which is in us! That is the struggle we have until Christ takes us to heaven. So, it is by the grace of God that we do not all erupt like a volcano, spewing forth evil all the time. But, thanks be to God, He holds back this terrible cesspool of evil. After we are ‘born again’, by the Spirit of God, we have a new heart, a new soul and a new spirit. The Flesh still has within it the sin status which seeks to produce fruit. Thus the struggle between the new man and the old man! The body of skin and bones and blood, has not been changed, and has what is called the Flesh (Sarx a greek term)! The Flesh used in this context is NOT skin and bones, but rather, the evil sin which stays in the body and works against the New Redeemed person (soul/spirit/heart) as we are now IN CHRIST and IN the HOLY SPIRIT and in GOD really for the Triune God is involved totally in our Regeneration and state of being as a child of God.

WE HAVEN’T SEEN THE ABSOLUTE TOTALITY OF HOW EVIL WILL OPERATE YET!

We hear the phrase, “You ain’t seen nothing yet”! That is the idea here. We see corruption coming forth from certain people and even entire movements or nations, but we haven’t seen how corrupt they could be if God didn’t hold it back. Where do I get this?

The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2: 1 – 3 says, “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—-among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath like the rest of mankind.”

Notice the great doctrinal truths packed in these verses. Let’s unpack a few categories and hopefully you will do a study on all of them.

  1. All humans are “dead”. We are spiritually dead, which is separation from God and under His disfavor.
  2. We live physically in a spiritually dead status, doing what the world system incites us to do. The world system has an evil objective: disobedience to the principles and laws of God. The world system is the culture and social order we live in that Satan controls and is opposed to God’s teachings. Be careful you don’t let the world system influence you away from Christ and His word!
  3. Then, the “spiritually dead” people follow the “prince of the power of the air”. We all know this is Satan. We do not like to think about it, but every person who is not a follower of Christ is in Satan’s kingdom. He is their leader and their father.
  4. Satan, the world, and even our own flesh work to influence us to live by our passions and lusts for things, “carrying out the desires of the body and mind”. In other words, our normal and natural desires go way off the scale and become out of control.
  5. Then, last we note that because of mankind’s state, we are all under the WRATH of God and are so by our very human nature. Only the “new birth” or regeneration can save us from God’s wrath.

CHRISTIANS ARE TO BE ALERT TO THE WORLD’S MESSAGES!

Many times the illustrations preachers and/or teachers use about people who don’t know Christ are misleading and teaches a false doctrine. Such as, people are not sinking in a sea of sin and despair, crying out for help, and we throw them a “life jacket or raft” as if they could grab it before they sink to the bottom. Or, people are not lying on a deathbed with a doctor standing over them (God) wanting to place a spoon full of cure into their mouth if they would just drink it.

No, neither of these are Biblical but rather anti-Biblical. The point is mankind is DEAD. They have sunk to the bottom of the sea and are dead. They are lying on the bed DEAD without life. They cannot hear the voice of God, they cannot think correctly about spiritual issues, they are separated from God in their dead zone. They are zombies when it comes to true Spiritual truth etc.!

Only God through the Lord Jesus can say LIVE. And when He does, they get up and walk. Then they have the ability to hear, call out to God, recognize Him and have faith and repentance taking place. They become spiritually alive, become one of His, are translated into His kingdom under His authority, and He becomes their God and their Lord! That is the Gospel! The One Who conquered death, hell and the grave, Jesus Christ our Lord, walks by their grave and says LIVE. Praise Him and Worship Him today!

UNSEEN EVIL SUPERNATURAL POWERS ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!

Colossians 1: 15-16 reads:

“He (Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firsborn of all creation. For BY HIM ALL things were created, IN HEAVEN and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities —- all things were created Through Him and For Him.”

As we read this and many other scriptures about this subject, we find that Christ Jesus is the reason for all things that Exist. That means ALL things. Nothing, absolutely nothing exists anywhere for its own sake and by itself – HE (Jesus) is the creator of it, the controller of it, and it is allowed to be to bring about His glory and honor.

When that is stated that really unfolds the entire manner, the smallest micro element to the macro elements are made by Him and kept in place by Him alone. Nothing exists by its own innate power for it has none at all. No power outside of Christ Jesus the living WORD of God.

The Apostle Paul chose in this writing of Colossians, to focus on out of the millions of things existing, to key in on these, “thrones, dominions, rulers, and authorities.” This includes and is not eliminating for one moment, the EVIL supernatural powers, but focus is upon them.

Colossians 2:15 will share with us more about this as Paul celebrates our Lord Jesus’ triumph on the cross over them all.

Notice; “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Him.”

Ephesians 6: 12 reads, “We do not wrestle against Flesh and Blood, but against he rulers, against the authorities. The cosmic powers over this present darkness….the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

These are there even today, in the unseen dimension, these Evil supernatural powers that aim to deceive and destroy the human race.

There is a big neglect about all of this today within the Churches. It seems that we know it states such in the Bible, but don’t mention it much and make anything of it, for some reasons which I will not speculate about, since I know no ones mind and hearts on the matter. But it is not good to do so at all, in fact we need to realize what the body of Christ, you and I are up against in this world and what is going on in our lives and other people’s lives. These unseen evil powers are not idle for one moment and if we are not aware of them they will in fact bring us much harm, for we will not be looking to Christ for protection and deliverance from them. We go along life’s road, singing and making merry, and all the while they are planning and working to destabilize us in our walk for Christ.

Yes, it say’s they have been defeated by Christ, but HE has not removed them out of the other dimension and placed them in the lake of fire as of this moment. They still exist, they still are allowed to work in lost, unbelievers lives, and even can harm us but NOT destroy us.

In fact, notice the warning of Christ to the church in Smyrna, “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

Yes, God allows the devil to imprison and even kill God’s loved ones. Be he cannot destroy them. Remember Job, God had to tell Satan he could not kill Job. But God allowed the devil to kill Job’s children. Read Job’s account with all of these things. The evil powers, God the Sovereign power over all, and the outworkings of events that the Sovereign God used and did in the book of Job.

ALL FOR THE GLORY OF JESUS CHRIST

So, what did Christ create them, or should I say, create them and let them fall into evil beings? Verse 16 of our Colossians message states, “All things were created through HIM and FOR HIM! They exist for Christ. To make HIM glorious and known and famous, to display his infinite beauty and immeasurable worth and fame! The angels who fell chose to move away from God, and they pay dearly for this activity. The Lake of Fire is waiting for them!

The bottom line is all things that ARE were known, planned, and purposed to be by Christ and the Eternal Godhead in their desires and pleasure made it all so that GOD would be shown to be what HE is and how all created things are to bring Total and absolute Glory and Honor and Praise to Him the only ONE and true God! Everything that takes place were designed by God for distinct purposes.

WHY THE TRUTH ABOUT CHRIST’S SOVEREIGNTY?

The Lord God wants all of us to know all of this about the evil powers that be, as well as all else, it is TRUTH and not mere ideas, or opinions or merely human ideas.

Also, this revelation about what I have written in this article means that it Makes clear that Jesus Christ our Lord ALONE, NOT rulers, authorities, etc., is to be worshipped!! No idols, nothing except God and the Triune God at that! One in unity, One in purpose, One in essence, One in character, absolutely united with no separation but yet distinct persons doing distinctively different things but in unity on the matters.

Then again, God wants us to know this because our days and time is just like Paul’s and all other peoples throughout history when it comes to matters like this. In fact Colossians 2:8 gives on important fact to be understood and watched out for in the future which is; “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” Heresies abound down throughout history. God is Sovereign over heresies and apostasy. He allows it to happen but will bring it all down to nothing!

Then I also realize that God wants us to know all about these powers because He wants us to realize that to our normal natural propensities, we may think we don’t have a chance and that they are so powerful we can’t do anything at all about it. Yet, He makes us valiant soldiers and IN CHRIST alone we find victory over them all if we walk by Faith in the Spirit and fulfill not the lusts of the flesh. God works and it is through grace by faith given.

But I think something else is very important, and perhaps the most important because it deals with our salvation. We must trust absolutely in the fact that IN CHRIST JESUS we have total victory. Say, I know it is so also, because I read the last book of the Bible and the last verses. HE IS THE WINNER! AND WE ARE HIS AND HE WILL BRING US ALL THROUGH THE MESS AND EVIL THAT EXISTS.

We already learned HE disabled the evil powers that be, but notice Colossians 3: 3-4 which reads:

“You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in Glory.” (Read also Romans 8: 38-39)

MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT GOD AND OUR ROLE IN THIS LIFE ON PLANET EARTH!

1 John 4:8-10 states that God is Love and also we find over and over again God loves us! But the idea most folks have is that this Love should mean we have no problems anymore in this life on earth.

They think God intends a trouble free life for everyone irrespective of their moral and spiritual state so, they conclude anything painful, upsetting, such as illness, accidents, injury, loss of job, suffering of a love one, etc., indicates either that God’s wisdom, power or both, have failed, or even that God may not really exist.

But we must realize by God’s revelation of all of the matters we have addressed and much more, prove such ideas by others is a complete error and mistake on their part!

God’s wisdom is NOT and never has been, pledged to keep a fallen and sinful world happy. Nor has he made ungodliness comfortable for people. Not even for a Christian. He in fact promised a troubled life. He has other ends in view for life in this world than simply to make it easy for all.

God has not abandoned His first purpose when HE created Adam and Eve. They were to Love Him only and in a perfect world they had, they were to observe His order, His beauty, His majesty, His great Sovereign power and might and enjoy HIM forever! So, even though the Fall of Adam and the Curse applied to all creation, God still works toward that end to bring it about again in the New heavens and the New earth where will dwell righteousness. And during this time in between, we must ‘trust’ and ‘rely’ upon HIM to give us victories over sin and evil as we walk with HIM in the Spirit reflecting His image in our life providing to the world “salt and light” and the proof of His Sovereign power to overcome evil and set up His Kingdom ruling forever. That will be fully realized one day in the future, either today or tomorrow or maybe many more years, we know not the time, but it will happen!

I would like to quote a word from J.I. Packer, which is as follows:

“Our perplexing Trials:

These things are written (trials and tribulations which God’s people had to go through in their lives), for our learning, for the same wisdom that ordered the paths which God’s saints trod in Bible times, orders the Christian’s life today. We should not, therefore, be too taken aback when unexpected and upsetting and discouraging things happen to us now. What do they mean?

Simply that God in His wisdom means to make something of us which we have NOT attained yet, and He is dealing with us accordingly.

Perhaps he means to strengthen us in patience, good humor, compassion, humility or meekness, by giving us some extra practice in exercising these graces under especially difficult conditions. Perhaps He has new lessons in self-denial and self-distrust to teach us. Perhaps He wishes to break us of complacency, or unreality, or undetected forms of pride and conceit. Perhaps His purpose is simply to draw us closer to Himself in conscious communion with Him; for it is often the case, as all the saints know, that fellowship with the Father and the Son is mot vivid and sweet, and Christian JOY is greatest, when the Cross is heaviest. ……..Or perhaps God is preparing us for forms of service of which at present we have no inkling.”

Now may I encourage you. Do this! Go to the book of Ephesians 6 and read it and obey it and through the very powerful promises given about the items listed by Paul and the Spirit of God there, you will find victory in Jesus day by day! Let it be so! All praise to the Father, the Son and to the Holy Ghost be glory, majesty, might, power and honor both now and forever more! Amen!