The call of the New Testament worker is to uncover sin and to reveal Jesus Christ as Savior. Thus, we must always lift up Christ and Him crucified in our preaching and teaching. We should avoid the clever arguments of men, or useless, flowery words.
We should follow Jesus’ example in our teaching, speaking and counseling. He consistently answered the questions, arguments and verbal traps of the Pharisees and others with the Word of God. His answers were simple and direct – and contained nothing but the truth! It is the Truth that sets people free from intellectual and spiritual bondage.
And nothing but that truth can smash the…
Of The World System
The New Testament uses several Greek words for “world.” The most significant is the Greek word kosmos. Its original and most basic meaning is “order” or “arrangement”.
When used in the New Testament, kosmos represents our human society as a system that is distorted by sin and subject to uncontrolled desires and passions. This “world system” is influenced greatly by the demonic (Eph 6:12) and is controlled by Satan (1 John 5:19). This warped system operates on basic principles that are not from God (Col 2:20; 1 John 2:15-17).
This world system can appear cultured, wise, powerful, even outwardly moral at times. Yet all the unsaved who live in it are thoroughly evil and separated from God. The world system is hostile both to God and to those who have aligned themselves with Him (John 17:14; 1 Cor 2:12). This present kosmos is going to be done away with and is even now disintegrating (1 John 2:17; 1 Cor 7:31).
In contrast, Jesus says “My kingdom is NOT of this world” (John 18:36). The world system constitutes a dark kingdom; but believers in Jesus Christ –“the true Light” (John 1:9) -have been delivered from this dark kingdom (Col 1:13,14). However, Christians must still live their earthly lives on this planet.
This presents Christians with a dilemma: How do we live in this world system, yet not be of this world system?
This is a big question, and the complete answer could fill volume of books. But to put it simply: the “hammer” of the Word of God is our best protection against the influence of the world system. The truth and promises contained in the Bible are a protection to us; they help us to know how to live according to God’s order and not the world’s.
God’s Word tells us that a committed disciple is to “no longer live the rest of his time for the lusts of men [evil human desires], but rather for the will of God” (1 Pet 4:2).
Though we must live on this sin warped planet in the society of mankind, we are to do so in a special way. We are to have values, marriages, relationships, business practices, and lifestyles that are distinctly Christian. We must be constantly on our guard to not unthinkingly adopt the attitudes, values and practices of the culture we live in.