We must turn our backs to the world
2 Corinthians 6:17-18 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
And I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
It is an old saying,…that we can never go anywhere….without leaving where we are.
We have been part of the world….we have friends there, and relatives there….
…….yet we have been called to separate ourselves from the world…..and those who would seek to draw us back under it’s influence….
….to give up everything contrary to the Will of God for our lives.
1 John 2:15 “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.”
This stresses that we follow what we love…..
1 John 2:16-17 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.”
Two choices are contrasted here (really throughout the Bible)….
….To know and do God’s Will.
….Or to follow the world’s leading.
Colossians 1:9-10 “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;”
(Colossians is an interesting book, in that the Spirit of God is only mentioned once…Colossians 1:8.
And that is because Paul is setting Christ before our eyes…..as the great and marvelous Object to move our our hearts….
….this is our provision for the way we turn our backs to this world….the strength and power we receive by seeing the glory of our Head…..Christ Jesus our Lord.
The main verses of the book are:
Colossians 2:9-10 “For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power.”)
Our provision for turning our backs on the world is spoken of here….through the merits of Christ.
Colossians 1:12-13 “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son:”
This God the Father has done for us,….in Christ….it is done.
He has translated us from the kingdom or “authority” of darkness to the kingdom of His dear Son.
He has…..in Christ….delivered us.
We are made children of light….with the peace, joy, and satisfaction that is in the Light of Christ.
“Translated”….means that God has taken us….spirit, soul and body….from the authority of the darkness we were in….
….and by Christ’s merits….we have been placed under the authority of the kingdom of Christ Jesus.
We have new citizenship….new rights and privileges….and new responsibilities.
We have this…..spiritually.
But it rests with us….by an act of our wills….to see these practical privileges entered into….in our everyday life.
What does this mean? It means that those old habits, those old sins, those old attitudes…..do not have authority over you…..they can not control you…….unless you consent to them.
Anything left in the kingdom of Darkness….will give an occasion to the devil….and an open door to the world’s influence.
It needs to be practically dealt with….
….bringing them to the light….and seeing why we have felt or thought the way we do about this.
Then, doing what the Lord says…..confess and forsake, or surrender to the authority of Christ.
(All is light, if we walk in the Light….1 John 1:7…..so it is only by our consent that darkness enters our lives….whether by thinking sin a small thing…..or by “looking back” to the world as Lot’s wife….)
As we deal with these things one by one, we practically take all from darkness to Light…..until all is light.
We need single eyes.
Matthew 6:22-23 “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is the darkness!”
Christ spoke of this when He was here.
What we “look to” is what we feel is important or desire. That is our “eye”.
If our eye is “single”…..which means that we are like doves which see only one thing at a time.
Our eye should see Christ….He is our Savior, Lord, Example,….our Rock, our Shepherd, our Truth, our Glory.
If we keep our eye turned toward Him…..we will be turning our backs to the world.
This is the reason Paul is spotlighting Christ as the Object of Power, Fullness and Light for the Colossians.
For with Christ in our view…..the world’s show and noice, is seen as just that.
We must turn our backs to the world…..
….it is often not a matter of “right and wrong”….
…..but do I see Christ in this?
Is this God’s Will for me?