1 John 2:15-17 - The Lustful World & The Will of God.

1Jo.2:15-17: The Lustful World & The Will of God.

1 John 2:15 (KJV)  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. 
1 John 2:16 (KJV)  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. 
1 John 2:17 (KJV)  And the world passeth away, and the lust 
thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 

1 John 2:15 (NASB)  Do not love the world, nor the things in the 
world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in 
1 John 2:16 (NASB)  For all that is in the world, the lust of 
the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, 
is not from the Father, but is from the world. 
1 John 2:17 (NASB)  And the world is passing away, and also its 
lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever. 

1 John 2:15 (CWB)  Don't love the world.  If anyone loves the 
world, the love of the Father is no longer in him. 
1 John 2:16 (CWB)  For everything worldly - the cravings of our 
sinful human natures, the desires of our eyes and pride in our 
possessions - does not come from the Father but from the world. 
1 John 2:17 (CWB)  This world and every lustful thing in it will 
pass away, but those who are doing the will of God will live 

Three facets of worldliness: (1) "the lust of the flesh," (2) 
"the lust of the eyes," and (3) "the pride of life." These areas are 
appeals to misuse the appetites, to misapply the sense of beauty 
(aesthetics), and to fall prey to the peril of inordinate ambition. 
[Believer's SB] 

The things of the world may be desired and possessed for the 
uses and purposes which God intended, and they are to be used by his 
grace, and to his glory; but believers must not seek or value them for 
those purposes to which sin abuses them..... The things of the world 
are classed according to the three ruling inclinations of depraved 
nature. 1. The lust of the flesh, of the body: wrong desires of the 
heart, the appetite of indulging all things that excite and inflame 
sensual pleasures. 2. The lust of the eyes: the eyes are delighted with 
riches and rich possessions; this is the lust of covetousness. 3. The 
pride of life: a vain man craves the grandeur and pomp of a 
vain-glorious life; this includes thirst after honour and applause. [Matthew 
Henry Commentary] 

Some people think that worldliness is limited to external 
behavior--the people we associate with, the places we go, the activities we 
enjoy. Worldliness is also internal because it begins in the heart and 
is characterized by three attitudes: (1) 'the cravings of sinful 
man'--preoccupation with gratifying physical desires; (2) 'the lust of his 
eyes'--craving and accumulating things, bowing to the god of materialism; and 
(3) 'boasting of what he has and does'--obsession with one's status 
or importance. [Life Application SB] 

Many of the people of God are stupefied by the spirit of the 
world, and are denying their faith by their works. They cultivate a 
love for money, for houses and lands, until it absorbs the powers of 
mind and being, and shuts out love for the Creator and for souls for 
whom Christ died. The god of this world has blinded their eyes; their 
eternal interests are made secondary; and brain, bone, and muscle are 
taxed to the utmost to increase their worldly possessions. And all 
this accumulation of cares and burdens is borne in direct violation 
of the injunction of Christ, who said, "Lay not up for yourselves 
treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves 
break through and steal." They forget that He said also, "Lay up for 
yourselves treasures in heaven;" that in so doing they are working for 
their own interest. The treasure laid up in heaven is safe; no thief 
can approach nor moth corrupt it. But their treasure is upon the 
earth, and their affections are upon their treasure.  CS209 

Sensual indulgence weakens the mind and debases the soul. The 
moral and intellectual powers are benumbed and paralyzed by the 
gratification of the animal propensities; and it is impossible for the slave 
of passion to realize the sacred obligation of the law of God, to 
appreciate the atonement, or to place a right value upon the soul. 
Goodness, purity, and truth, reverence for God, and love for sacred 
things--all those holy affections and noble desires that link men with the 
heavenly world--are consumed in the fires of lust. The soul becomes a 
blackened and desolate waste, the habitation of the evil spirits, and the 
"cage of every unclean and hateful bird." Beings formed in the image 
of God are dragged down to a level with the brutes. PP458 

It is impossible for any to discern the truth while the world 
has their affections. The world comes between them and God, 
beclouding the vision and benumbing the sensibilities to such a degree that 
it is impossible for them to discern sacred things. 1T530  

Conversion is a work that most do not appreciate. It is not a 
small matter to transform an earthly, sin-loving mind and bring it to 
understand the unspeakable love of Christ, the charms of His grace, and the 
excellency of God, so that the soul shall be imbued with divine love and 
captivated with the heavenly mysteries. When he understands these things, 
his former life appears disgusting and hateful. He hates sin, and, 
breaking his heart before God, he embraces Christ as the life and joy of 
the soul. He renounces his former pleasures. He has a new mind, new 
affections, new interest, new will; his sorrows, and desires, and love are 
all new. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride 
of life, which have heretofore been preferred before Christ, are 
now turned from, and Christ is the charm of his life, the crown of 
his rejoicing. Heaven, which once possessed no charms, is now viewed 
in its riches and glory; and he contemplates it as his future home, 
where he shall see, love, and praise the One who hath redeemed him by 
His precious blood. 2T294,5 

Knowing that this evil world and our desires for its pleasures 
will end can give us courage to control our greedy, self-indulgent 
behavior and to continue doing God's will. [Life Application SB]