PRODUCT OF THE WORLD

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel

INTRODUCTION

Product of the world are those who have become addicted to sin and wickedness.  Their affections are not on things above (Colossians 3:2) but rather the things of this world.  They have become immersed in, and under the power of such, influenced by various electronic devices, and other sources of promulgation. 

We are seeing ungodliness running rampant; with many not understanding why.  They do not realize that such individuals are the product of a worldly environment; their upbringing under ungodly influences, through various means, used as Satan's tools of deception to lock one into his influence. 

PRODUCT OF THE WORLD
ENEMY OF GOD

Scripture reveals that the friendship of the world is enmity with God.  Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God (James 4:4).  Instead of loving God with all one's heart, soul, body, and mind one's affection has been set on the world.  Whoever finds themselves captivated by such are at odds with God.

Scripture reveals that one who has given their life over to the Lord; no longer should live in the flesh; to the lusts of men, but to the will of God; not walking in lasciviousness (immorality), drunkenness, revelings, and abominable idolatries (1 Peter 4:2-3). 

CHARACTERISTICS OF
THE WORLD

The product of the world is evidenced by much of humanity being caught up in the characteristics of such:  Adultery, fornication (sex outside biblical marriage), uncleanness, lasciviousness (or immorality), wrath, dissensions, hatred, contentions, jealousies, wrath, dissensions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like.  Scripture reveals that  they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21).

The believer in Christ is to possess the fruit of the Spirit:  Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and temperance (Galatians 5:22).  Such an individual is not the product of the world but of God!  Those who are caught up in the characteristics of the world; and its ungodliness, with acceptance of such, need to come to the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

THE LAST DAYS

Scripture reveals that one is to flee youthful lusts; follow righteousness, faith, love, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart (2 Timothy 2:22). 

For in the last days (which we are in) perilous times shall come.  Men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.  Without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of those that are good (2 Timothy 3:1-3). 

FLOOD GATES OF HELL

We are seeing the flood gates of Hell open to deceive those who would come into its grip, influenced by worldliness that has engulfed many a  nation.  The characteristics of the last days are in abundance with the seed of righteousness being pushed aside; even by the church in many Western nations.

There is a demonic influence that infiltrates the lives of many bringing havoc upon the world.  Satan knows that he has but a short while and is wreaking havoc in these last days (Revelation 12:12).  We are seeing hideous actions being performed, under the influence of his devilment, by those who have become a product of the world and not of God!

ADDICTION TO SIN

Many, in this world are addicted to sin, and wickedness, giving themselves over to it, being immersed in it, and under the power of it.  There are electronic devices that add flavoring; in many nations, even in the church, towards consuming ungodliness that flows freely at the touch of a button. 

These devices are a convenience, when properly used, but can become an addiction; helping introduce worldliness into one's field of perception.  Scripture reveals that the believer is to let their light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).  When one allows worldliness to take hold; it weakens their relationship with God, and being a light to others.

CONDITIONS AT
THE LORD'S RETURN

Scripture reveals the state of man prior to the return of Christ:  As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man (or the Lord's coming):  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built: but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.  Even so shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed (Luke 17:26-30).

Life went on as the people ignored the warnings of God's Watchmen, with such being caught up in God's wrath and judgment!  The product of the world; a cultivation of a worldly lifestyle, the sinfulness of man, the acclaim of such a life, is very much prevalent in these latter days.

SALT OF THE EARTH

Scripture reveals:  You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its flavor, by what shall it be salted?  It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under the foot of men (Matthew 5:13). 

A bible commentary noted:  You are indicates that only the genuine born-again believer is salt and can help meet the needs of the world.  Salt adds flavoring, acts as preservative, melt coldness, and heals wounds. This is a very appropriate description of the believer in Christ in their relationship to the world. 

Such are no longer a product of the world but of a godly nature; who live in the world, but are not attached to it in the same manner as a non-believer. 

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