1 John · Exegesis of Light

Outside Christ [Part 2]

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

continuing from yesterday’s post

The lust of the eyes highlights the covetousness of unregenerate man and his quest for self-exaltation by pursuing the parochial vision of ungodliness. Fallen man is enslaved by the hired senses of dust; he is driven by the blinding lust of the eyes. He looks at the glories of the kingdoms of this age and is moved to submit to its prince of darkness.

Unlike the firstborn, the man yielded to the lust of the eyes has not seen the higher heavenly visions of the grander purposes of God. So he thinks grandest the glories of this fallen cosmos. He is blind to the exceeding splendor of the kingdom of light. He is a prisoner in the abyss of darkness…a slave to the darkness of eyes veiled to the light…slave to the lusts of the eyes…in need to submit to the light of truth as it is unveiled in the face of the Lord Jesus Christ. Selah

The pride of life is the principle that refuses to acknowledge and yield allegiance to the throne and person of God. Its expressions are seen in all the themes of the world that deny the reality that “God is”. The pride of life is that which moves a man to find fulfillment in his own purposes…to make himself the reference for all things…he knowingly or ignorantly yields worship to the prince of darkness.

For unlike the firstborn, he does not say “Get thee behind me, Satan!”…instead he succumbs to the wiles of the serpent and has need to embrace redemption as it is found in Christ. Selah

O dearly beloved, let us remember this truth… “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.”

Selah

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