Sandra Jean (4 Nov 2010)

Second point, how to die in your sin, secondly, be worldly. Verse 23 again, "You are of this world, I am not of this world." Here is another guarantee that a person will die in his sins. Simply be a part of this kosmos. Kosmos here, and we've discussed that many times in our church, but kosmos refers to the invisible spiritual system of evil that fights the kingdom of God...the invisible spiritual system of evil. It is the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches referred to in Matthew 13:22 which chokes out the seed.

We use the term in that way. We talk about the system with the term word. For example, we talk about the world of politics, or the world of education, or the world of sports, or whatever. And what we mean is the system that makes up those particulars. He says to them, "You are of this system." In fact, in Luke 16:8 He says, "You are children of the system, children of the kosmos as you are children of the devil." The world system is opposed to truth, it is opposed to righteousness, it is opposed to holiness, it is opposed to purity. In fact, Jesus gave Himself, Galatians 1:4 says, for our sins that He might deliver us from this present system of evil. The system is hostile to godliness, it is hostile to virtue. Look at the system. By materialism, humanism, sex, carnal ambition, pride, greed, self‑pleasure, self‑desire, it exists. Its opinions are wrong. Its aims are selfish. Its pleasures are sinful. Its influences are demoralizing. Its politics are corrupt. Its honors are empty. Its smiles are fake. Its love is false and fickle, and on and on and on and on.

And the world will self‑destruct. It is a passing world. Remember the words of the Apostle John, "Do not love the world or the system, nor the things in the system. If anyone loves the system, the love of the Father is not in him, for all that is in the system, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life is not from the Father but is from the system, out from the system and the system, or the world, is passing away." Three things characterize it, lust of the flesh, passion; lust of the eyes, covetousness; pride of life, boastful arrogance. That's the system. And if you love the system, the love of the Father is not in you.

James gave us the same truth in different words. "You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the system is hostility toward God? Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the system makes himself an enemy of God." You can't have both. These sinful selfish earthbound souls who live in the system controlled by the prince of this world, the prince of the system are separated from Jesus Christ by an infinite gulf.

The Christian, however, has been crucified to the system. He has died to the system. Oh, it's still there but it's not our life, it's not our domain. We have been translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His dear Son. Satan's not our prince, Christ is our King. The old patterns are not those that drive us. Now the law of God is that in which we delight and obedience is our deepest heart desire. For a man to die in his sins, he need only be self‑righteous and be worldly.