Walking Away from the World

TJ Buckingham - Wednesday, May 15th 2019 - 1 John 2:15-27


1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  

  • Walking away from the world requires that we don’t love it- we understand its dangers

2 Corinthians 4:4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

1 John 2:16-17 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

  • Walking away from the world requires not desiring things of the world (temptations)
  • The lust of the flesh (our passions)- the desire to do something apart from Gods will

Galatians 5:17 (NLT) The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict.

  • The lust of the eyes (our possessions)- the desire to have something apart from Gods will
  • Jim Elliot: “He is not fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”
  • The pride of life (our person)- the desire to be something apart from Gods will

1 John 2:18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.

  • Anti can have two different meanings-
  • Anti= to oppose or to go against
  • Anti= instead of- to replace Christ
  • Walking away from the world requires we stay alert and watch for false teachers

Matthew 7:15 (NLT) Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves.

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

  • Walking away from the world means we have to keep going- even when others stop

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.

Hebrews 3:14 For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.

1 John 2:20-21 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.

Proverbs 30:5 “Every word of God is flawless!”

  • To walk away from the world means to cling to the WORD

2 Timothy 4:2-4 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. 3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths.

1 John 2:22-23 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

  • Walking away from the world means we must believe in the Trinity

John 14:6 “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

1 John 2:24-27 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life. 26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

  • Walking away from the world means we must remain in Christ

All Bible references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted. NLT = New Living Translation.