Two Worlds Contrasted

A quote from Preston Eby:

  Somehow it does not sink in that the whole world system is, in its totality, A PRODUCT OF THE CARNAL MINDS OF MEN.  Our culture, our politics, our economy, our military, our educational system, our entertainment, our social programs are one and all under the power and control of carnal-minded men, sold under sin, dominated by the spirit that controls this age, influenced and governed by the god of this world.  We have tried to believe that our present constitutional and political systems are somehow an expression of the kingdom of God simply because they were given to us by pious men.  So we have been busy trying to preserve and perpetuate a flawed system, a passing carnal order which is even now steadily disintegrating before our very eyes, as our omnipotent Father demonstrates for all to see that even our government and institutions are truly of this world; and again He shall prove the truth of that word which unerringly proclaims, “The world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever” (I Jn. 2:17). 

Many still hope that out of our present political system will come the integrity and wisdom to solve the immense problems facing our increasingly weak and depraved society and the explosive world situation.  Surely, think we, God will raise up someone with the answer!  If only we could elect enough Conservatives, or enough Liberals, or enough Christians!  What a multitude of Christians have swarmed to the polls to vote for some candidate they were led to believe by propaganda and shrewdly managed image-building techniques was a Christian, or Conservative, or possessed of great intelligence and superior wisdom, only to awaken later to the stark and unvarnished reality that in fact he was just another carnal-minded man, just another politician, dominated by the god of this world system which spawned him, controlled by the spirit of the age of this present evil world which is “under the power of THE WICKED ONE.”  Let God be true, and every man a liar! 

Now we can understand in fuller measure the import of the message delivered by John in his epistle: “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world is under the power of the evil one” (I Jn. 5:19).  This world is not for us.  Its ways are not for us.  Its methods are not for us.  Its fashions are not for us.  Its standards are not for us.  Its politics are not for us.  Its spirit is not for us.  We are different.  We are of God!  The called and separated elect of the Lord are sons of God, led by the Spirit of God.  God is now in the process of SAVING US OUT OF THIS WORLD!  Those apprehended to be the manifest sons of God are overcoming this world just as the firstborn Son of God testified, “I have overcome the world” (Jn. 16:33).  Again the apostle John wrote, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (I Jn. 5:4).  Yes, the elect of God must overcome the flesh.  Yes, the chosen of the Lord must overcome their own will.  Yes, the sons of God must overcome the wicked one.  But from many statements of holy scripture we may confidently affirm that the primary thrust of our overcoming is that we must OVERCOME THE WORLD!

             The apostle James likewise warns against walking after the spirit of this world and being entangled therein: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?  Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world IS THE ENEMY OF GOD!” (James 4:4).  The great whore is a fornicator, an adulteress.  Haughtily she rides astraddle this beast of the world!  But thank God! this world shall pass away!  Not the planet earth that we live on, but the world — this whole present, carnal, corrupt, abominable system of things.  And with it, all the chaos, sin, warfare, crime, uncleanness, poverty, pain, pride, haughtiness, deceit, sickness, death, yea, all the sorrows and ways of man shall be brought to an end. 

By the word of our omniscient Father and by the quickening eye of faith and hope we look for a NEW HEAVEN and a NEW EARTH wherein dwelleth righteousness!  And the time for this change is at hand!  Blessed be the name of the Lord, we have arrived at the hour, at a consummation of the ages, for the NEW WORLD to begin! Even now, as God’s overcoming company learns to rise up in  the spirit, to hear God’s voice, to learn God’s ways, to be led by His Spirit, to be partakers of His divine nature, to be conformed to His image, the substance and glory and authority and power of that NEW WORLD is taking on form within us!  Oh, yes!  In this new world the carnal mind of man will not rule.  In this new world the satanic powers of darkness will have no authority or dominion.  In this new world the politics, the economic system, and the religious orders of this present dark age will hold no sway.  Every enemy shall be put under foot, and the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death!  Aren’t you glad!  End quote.

Let us continue onward and upward as we are led by HIS SPIRIT!

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