The World

“The spirit of the age” The collection of pervasive and dominant philosophical ideals at any given cultural moment (Zeitgeist)

What the world can appeal to in the flesh: (Gal 5:19-21)
The desire for pleasure or power


Peer pressure: Elevator crowd stands backward Rom 12:2

Romans 12, Verse 2 in J.B. Phillips

Time pressure: Distractions – Priorities (Luke 14:16–24 Too Busy!)

Believer before salvation:

Eph 4:22 That ye put off ~ the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Eph 2:2 the course of this world, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience
Wuest: you ordered your behavior as dominated by the spirit of the age in this world system

Believer after salvation: (2 Cor 5:17 – New Creation)
Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him,
that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Relationship of Believers to the World (John 17:1–26)
In the world (John 17:13)
Not of the world (John 17:14)
From the evil world (John 17:15–17)
Into the world (John 17:18–19)

Love not – 1 John 2:15
Enemy of God – James 4:4

Relationship of the World to the Believers John 15:18-19

“The world hates you”