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. I John 2:16, 17
Here we uncover what the world truly has to offer us outside Christ. Let us see true in this regard and let us pay heed to the stern admonition of scripture here. For who is he who seeks to pursue the polished trinkets of this worlds favor…who seeks to pander after the applause from the gallery of men’s painted opinions?
Let such a one take heed! For all the world has to offer are its gilded treasures of the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. Shall we make our sojourn here a pursuit of such fleeting dross? Shall we not make it our posture to pursue the eternal treasures of the kingdom and Lordship of Jesus?
The lust of the flesh is unregenerate man exposed in all the gamut of his hubris, vanity and selfishness. It is the manifestation of the worldview that places utmost premium on the voice of the flesh; highlighting the expressions of the senses to the exclusion of all else…denying the reality of the spirit and of God.
All its out workings of corruption are but varied expressions of this theme. The lust of the flesh is the principle that denies the truth that “man ought not to live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”. It yields to every impulse of the “un-crucified” flesh and has need to embrace the cross of the Lord Jesus.