1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The World Did Not Recognize Jesus
10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--
Jesus is Not of This World
23 But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am [the one I claim to be], you will indeed die in your sins."
Jesus Has Chosen His Followers Out of the World
18 "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
Jesus Has Overcome the World
33 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Because of Christ's atonement, we should be dead to the things of the world.
Believers Must Not Love the World
I John 2:15-17
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world-- the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does - comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
Test - Where does the craving and boasting come from, God or the world?
Money - the love of money is the root of evil.
Internet - lots of potential evil, as well as good. Bible online, devotionals, study materials, nearly every classic Christian book is online. Prayertoday.org. Many Christian web sites.
TV - much bad, but some good. I heard a sermon by Jentezen Franklin that was just what I needed.
4 You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the Spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?
The Holy Spirit is intensely envious when professed Christians have all kinds of time to play, but apparently not much time to pray.
He is jealous when Christians will never miss their favorite TV program, but they will regularly miss being in God's house for worship and fellowship.
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