Thursday, February 19, 2009

Loving the World II (1 John 2)

"How do we live in the world appropriately without loving the things of the world?"

 

Matthew 5:13-16

13"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

 14"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

 

  • Consider what is the "primary element" which makes something what it is.  Salt = saltiness; A light = lightgiving; Salt that is not salty, is just sand.  A light that gives no light is not a light.
  • How do men treat salt which has lost its saltiness?
  • How do men respond to a light which gives light?
  • What is the "primary element" which makes a Christian a Christian?  What makes you different than the "world"?  What does it look like to lose that primary element?  What does it look like to use it?

 

1 Peter 2:11-12

11Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

 

  • Consider four important aspects of this verse.
    • Sinful Desires
    • The Pagans
    • Living
    • Abstaining
  • From what are we to abstain?  Where are we to live?  What happens when we get these backwards?
    • Abstain -- Sinful Desires
    • Live -- Among the Pagans
    • NOT
      • Abstain from the Pagans
      • Live among the sinful desires
      • These are the two extremes Christians go to.
  • Do pagans need to be avoided in order to abstain from sinful desires?
  • How does the end of verse 12 connect this passage with Matthew 5:13-16?

 

Titus 2:11-14

11For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

 

  • To what are we supposed to say, "no"?
    • Ungodliness -- not acting like God
    • Worldly Passions -- life without God
  • To what are we supposed to say, "yes"?
    • Self-Control -- Practice/Discipline
    • Upright -- Nothing to be ashamed of... No accusation can hold up (1 Peter says the accusations will come).
      • Christians should be the best at everything they do, not because they want to be liked, but because we want the one we represent to be liked.
    • Godly -- looking like God (Jn1) means looking like Jesus through the (Jn14) power of the Spirit means exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5)
  • Where does this happen? IN THIS PRESENT AGE (among the pagans?)
  • When does this happen? WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE GLORIOUS APPEARING (1 Peter 2:12)

 

HOPE. How we live IN the world MUST be critically tied to what believe ABOUT the world.

  • If this is all there is, i can live as i please.
  • If there is something more, i must consider the ramifications of that.

 

Titus 2:13 -- "while we wait for the blessed hope"

1 Peter 2:12 -- "on the day he visits us."

1 John 2:17 -- "the man who does the will of God lives forever".

 

The HOPE of the believer is that there is "MORE TO THIS LIFE".

 

VERSES ON HOPE:

  • Ephesians 1:18
  • Titus 1:2
  • Romans 8:24-25
  • Romans 15:13
  • Psalms 33:17-18
  • 1 Timothy 6:17
  • 1 Thes. 4:13
  • 1 Thes. 1:3
  • Colossians 1:5
  • Hebrews 11:1
  • 1 Peter 3:15

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