Not Blinded by the World
- Date: May 17, 2010
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." (2 Corinthians 4:4)
- From Friends
Hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to us in these four words: "Love not the world..." (1 John 2:15). That is a commandment. Then there is another distinction as that verse goes on: "...neither the things that are in the world." The world is a kingdom; it is a system. It operates under this force of self will, pride, and independence; and it is diametrically opposed to the kingdom of God. The world began when Adam sinned, and became a separate world. Now, 2 Corinthians 4:4 says, "The god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ...should shine unto them." What I want us to see is the world is not neutral; it has a god. It is a separate entity, and the god of this world, Satan, is to be distinguished from our heavenly Father: the Father of Lights, the Giver of every good and perfect gift. The world is an institution with a course and an agenda. I don't want to get to far off into politics, but through this past election people were talking about the Republicans versus the Democrats. In reality, one is as bad as the other. They have different agendas, but many people neglected the agendas of both parties for personal preferences, things they could identify and associate with. Many of us relate to the world that way. We think that we can go out there and have certain relationships and join certain institutions and adopt certain philosophies, and dress like them and talk like them, but not embrace their agenda (the author of which Satan). So, that is why the Lord says very clearly that "friendship of the world is enmity with God;" it makes you the enemy of God, or in opposition to God (James 4:4). There is nothing neutral about the world. "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in Him" (1 John 2:15). Is this possible among us? We say, "Surely not", but I wonder how many of us, having been pulled out by angels, having been preserved against our own foolishness, vexed by hearing and seeing, without a clue about our lives, think that, because we haven't been destroyed, we are pleasing God. It is only His mercy that is sustaining us at this moment, only His longsuffering holds at bay His justice and judgment, and we forget that God doesn't always strive with men.
What I desire is to see the blinders fall off those whom the god of this world has blinded, lest they should see the light of the glorious gospel. That verse is talking to us about the light of being able to embrace the cross. Some of us, frankly, are afraid to die. We believe that God is going to take advantage of us, just like everybody else does. "I have to protect myself, even against God." May I share something with you? Give it up - - Father loves you! Frankly, many of us are terrified to live by faith, not knowing where we are going. Many of us are terrified to make the absolute, definitive, statement concerning which kingdom we belong to, lest we cut off our network and our associations. We are in the world; we live by the sweat of our brow; but we are not in the world for personal gain. We are compelling those who are in the highways and byways to come. The reason we live to promote this kingdom, the kingdom of light, to preach the gospel! We are a people who truly have our feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace! We have to go into the world every day; we are in it, but we are not of it. We are not blinded by it.