Scripture Reading: 1 John 2
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Glory—boast, joy, rejoice, vaunt. In contrast to Jews boasting about fleshly religious attainment, Paul glories in Cross—a stumbling block. World—created things with their temptations, and external attainments.
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Kids are like slaves to dad’s stuff. Kids aren’t put in charge of inheritances, they have guardians over the funds and themselves. Elements of the world—physical emphasis of OT Law as well as pagan religion. God’s perfect timing, waited for everything to be right. Made under the law—lived in subjection to these physical rules. But Christ delivers us from this service to the law, the earthly ordinances about earthly things. Calls us to something higher—Sonship, spiritual things.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Christian living is based on what the Spirit does in us, not on external things of the body. The flesh is crucified with its passions and lusts. Now we live IN or BY the Spirit. Walk in Spirit—by the rule of the Spirit. There is actual victory here!
Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,21Touch not; taste not; handle not;22Which all are to perish with the using; after the commandments and doctrines of men?23Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, & humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honor to the satisfying of the flesh.
If we’re dead, why are we concerned about earthly things and using earthly rules to dictate their use? Most of these rules are made by people. The people will die and the things will decompose. None of this is lasting, thus, none of it is spiritual.
Will-worship—from man’s will as he originated the rules and uses his own power to follow them. Super-stition and veneration of stuff.
Pharisees and their pride over keeping traditions. It is actually done to satisfy the flesh—look how much better I am than you! Using your body to defeat your body won’t work, it may appear special, but is ineffective.
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Dead in sin means alive in the world. Alive in Christ means dead to sin and the world. Course of world—philosophy of the times and fixation on the stuff.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
God’s grace is to be put on display throughout the ages to come. We live as citizens of heaven, not the earth. We are spiritual creations, not just fleshly creations bound to earthly devices.
James 4:4--Friendship with the world is enmity with God
James 1:27—keep yourself unspotted from the world
1 John 2:15—love not the world neither the things in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
We live in a spiritual, spirit-led realm now, we don’t just have worldly devices to fight off the world. Through the cross we’re dead to the world and sin, and alive to God to walk in His Spirit.