The World System in the Bible

By Dennis McCallum and Gary DeLashmutt

This outline is condensed from Watchman Nee, Love Not the World

A. Different meanings for Kosmos:

1. The physical globe of earth.

2. The race of man alienated from God (Heb. 11:38; Jn. 14:17; Jn. 15:18)

3. The underlying qualities which animate the world. - I Cor. 2:12 - the spirit of the world - I Cor. 3:19 - the wisdom of the world - I Cor. 7:31 - the way of the world - Titus 2:12 - the lusts of the world - II Pet. 1:4 - the corruption that is in the world - II Pet. 2:20 -the defilement of the world - I Jn. 2:15 - the things that are in the world

B. The hostility of the world system toward God and Christ.

1. I Cor. 1:21 - the world knew not God

2. Jn. 7:7 - the world's works are evil

3. Jn. 14:17 - the world cannot receive the spirit

4. Jn. 15:18 - the world hated Christ

C. Therefore Christ says:

1. Jn. 18:36 - My kingdom is not of this Kosmos

2. Jn. 16:33 - I have overcome the world

3. Jn. 12:31 Now is the judgement of this Kosmos

In addition:

4. James 4:4*- Friendship with the world is enmity with God

5. I Jn. 2:15*- If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

6. I Jn. 5:4 - our faith overcomes the world

D. This is because there is a mind behind the system.

1. Jn. 12:31; Jn. 14:30; Jn. 16:11 - the ruler of this world

2. II Cor. 4:4 - the god of this world (the term here is not Kosmos, but ho seon houtos which is a synonym but contmeplates the world system from the aspect of time, or age, rather than space as does Kosmos. See also Rom. 12:2 and #6).

3. Eph. 2:2 - the prince of the power of the air

4. I Cor. 2:8 - the demons are the rulers of this age or this world

5. Eph. 6:12 - the demons are the world rulers (Kosmoskraters) of this darkness

6. I Jn. 5:19*- the whole world lies in the power of the evil one

E. The believer is not to withdraw from the world system.

1. Jn. 17:15, 16

2. I Cor. 5:9,10

3. Phil. 2:15

4. Mt. 5:13-16

5. Jn. 16:33


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