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The Tree of Life is a weekly teaching summary.
The Tree of Life from the week ending 10/09/05
What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery. Part 27.
The antagonism of the world system toward believers and Bible doctrine.

 We have been noting John Chapter 15, and our Lord's message to His disciples the night before His death. This message included the mystery doctrine of the Church-age. The first part of this chapter deals with abiding with Christ, the keyword or term here is abide, and it appears 10 times in the first 11 verses. The second part, verses 12-17, talks about the relationships of the believer with other believers, and the key word is love, and it appears 4 times in these 6 verses. Once we have established that vital union with our Lord and maintain it, we come in contact with other Christians, and, through a love relationship, there is communion with one another because we have union with our Lord. Then there is the relationship which is continually a matter of struggle for the Christian, and that is the believer with the world, and that's the last part of the chapter, verses 18-27.

JOH 15:18-25, "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before {it hated} you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, A slave is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well. But {they have done this} in order that the word may be fulfilled that is written in their Law, 'They hated Me without a cause."

Here the key word is hate, and it appears 8 times in 10 verses. That is what we can expect from a world that is out of touch with God and out of union with TLJC; there is disunion between the believer and the world. There is union with Christ and union with fellow believers, but because of this hate there is disunion with the world.

So, beginning in JOH 15:18, we see some of the reasons for the world's hostility to those who are in Christ. We need to understand the use of the Greek words ho kosmos, translated the world. This is different from the Greek word ge, the word used for the earth's surface, or the structure of the earth; kosmos means an organized system. So, when you see the word world in this passage, think, first of all, of a system of thought designed by Satan. Secondly, think of a system of organizations, which includes religious, political, and other international organizations, all of which are outside the framework of the divine institutions. Then thirdly, think of the kosmos or the world as a system of people, or a category of people: here, unbelievers. So, the word kosmos describes all of these, a system of thought, an organizational system, or a type of person.

The word worldliness is different. Worldliness is simply when a believer continues to go negative toward doctrine, and that creates scar tissue on the soul (the mind), and then the believer opens up the mataiotes (a vacuum in the heart) and through this comes human viewpoint.

JOH 15:18, "If the world hates you [and it does], you know that it has hated Me before {it hated} you." If is the Greek conjunction ei, known as a first class condition, meaning if, and it does; this means that there are those systems in the kosmos that are antagonistic toward your way of thinking, when you think like TLJC.

Why does the kosmos hate Jesus Christ and His people? Remember GEN 1:1, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
In GEN 1:26-28, Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

In Gen 3, both the man and the woman rejected God in the Garden of Eden, and were kicked out of the Garden, and with that, Satan became the ruler of the world. So when Satan appeared in heaven in JOB 1:7, we read, And the Lord said to Satan, "From where do you come?" Then Satan answered the Lord and said, "From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it."
Satan had the authority to roam about on the earth because he had become the ruler of the world. Therefore, he is called the god of this world, the ruler of the world, and the prince and the power of the air. In JOH 14:30, note that Satan is the ruler of this world, "I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me;

God knew that Satan would be the ruler of this world, and designed certain things to protect the human race in Satan's rule. God must protect the human race in order go from creation to the end of the world. In order for the angelic conflict to be resolved, there are certain increments of history that have to be fulfilled: the O. T. dispensations, the cross, resurrection, ascension, session, glorification of Christ, the intensification of the angelic conflict in the Church-age, the tribulation, the second advent, and the millennial reign of Jesus Christ. All of these things have to be fulfilled, and the human race has to be perpetuated in order to do so.

So God has provided certain laws to protect the human race from destruction during the time that Satan is the ruler of the world. Of course there is another restrainer in the world during the intensification stage of the Church-age, and that's the ministry of the Holy Spirit (2TH 2:7).

Let's look at the divine institutions as the means of perpetuating the human race, and as the counter action to Satan's rule. There are two counter actions to Satan's rule, as far as people are concerned: 1) The divine institutions, which we are about to list. 2) The whole concept of the spiritual life, the operation of the believer priest in the Church-age.

There are four divine institutions:

  1. Volition, this is human freedom and privacy. This is the right to live your life, and to produce in compatibility with one's own ability; the exception to this is when, with your free will, your volition, you commit a crime or some other form of dishonesty, or violate the rights of others. No two people have the same abilities, we are not born equals, we do not live as equals, and we do not die equal. There is no equality in the human race except in Christianity. There is unity with the Lord Jesus Christ at the moment of salvation when equal privilege and equal opportunity are given. The local church must recognize the privacy of every believer in it, and that privacy must be protected.
  2. Marriage, this is the framework for category two love, and it becomes a basic stabilizer of the human race. From the start, marriage was designed for one man and one woman.
  3. Family, as the basis of protecting the human race. Members of the human race start out as the most helpless creatures, and must have all kinds of protection and training, and the family is designed to provide this.
  4. Nationalism, when the nationalism concept is broken down, the freedoms of the individuals are destroyed, and within the framework of those empires, you usually find persecution of Christianity, and no true evangelism. Nationalism is designed to protect the rights, freedom, and the privacy of a large number of individuals within the human race.

These divine institutions are designed to protect human freedom in the devil's world, so that bona fide evangelism can exist in every generation. God often overrules in history so that this can exist. When this happens, Satan must attack, not only these four divine institutions, but the content, and message of the Gospel, as well as those who deliver it.

So, the one who rules the universe (TLJC) says in JOH 15:18, "If the world hates you [keeps on hating you, and it does], you know that it has hated Me before {it hated} you. The one who rules the world is Satan; ISA 14:12-17, EZE 28:11-19, JOH 8:44, and 1JO 3:8, describe the person of Satan, the greatest genius of all creatures. The strategy of Satan as the ruler of this world is mentioned in 2CO 2:11 and in many areas of scripture. He is an organizational genius with a great organization of demons (EPH 6:10; EPH 6:12). He is the originator of murder and violence in the human race (GEN 6:4-11, JOH 8:44). He hates the communication of Bible doctrine (MAT 13:9; MAT 13:39, REV 12:13; REV 12:15). He is the enemy of the Church, and the Royal Family (REV 12:9; REV 12:13; REV 12:24). He is the enemy of Christ (REV 12:4), and the enemy of Israel; all anti Semitism is satanic (REV 12:4; REV 12:13; REV 12:15 specifically document this). In every generation, he uses all his power to destroy Israel, but he will never succeed. Satan is also the enemy of all unbelievers. We are told that the greatest deceiver of all time blinds the minds of unbelievers in 2CO 3:3-4.

Satan's strategy is based on conspiracy and deceit, which explains the basis of war. He manipulates nations (REV 12:9,23; 20:3,8). Satan tries to neutralize perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine through worry, fear, anxiety, mental attitude sins, and reaction to historical disaster (1PE 5:7 9), all to distract the believer from the PPOG. Satan uses both cosmic one and cosmic two to keep the believer from occupation with Christ by getting their eyes on people (GEN 19:28; GEN 20:1;JER 17:5), or to get their eyes on self (1KI 19:10; 1CO 1:10 11), or to get their eyes on things (HEB 13:5 6).

Religion is the creation of Satan promoting his own merits, his own works, to gain the approbation of God. Satan's counterfeits of the plan of God include a counterfeit Gospel (2CO 4:3 4), counterfeit ministers (2CO 11:13 15), counterfeit doctrines (1TI 4:1), a counterfeit communion table (1CO 10:19 21), counterfeit spirituality (GAL 3:2 3), counterfeit righteousness (MAT 19:16 28), legalism (MAT 23:13 36), power and dynamics like miracles, healing, and tongues (2TH 2:8 10), and a system of gods (2TH 2:34). All of these strategies are designed to attack the divine institutions, and the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ was the target in the angelic conflict before the Church-age began, and now every believer who is still on the earth in this intensified stage of the angelic conflict is the target. So, you're a target for intense hatred, unjust treatment, slander, and gossip.1PE 2:11 says, Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war against the soul.

This world is not your home, so don't make yourselves cozy in it; don't indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. 1PE 2:12,Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may on account of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation. Live a commendable life among the people of this world so that your actions will refute their prejudices, and they'll be won over to God's side and be there to join in the celebration when He arrives.

1PE 2:13-16, Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules or living in carnality.
1PE 2:17, Honor all men; love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.
Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government.
1PE 2:18-20, Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a man bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.
There's no particular virtue in accepting punishment that you well deserve. But if you're treated badly for good behavior and continue in spite of it to be a good servant, that is what counts with God.
1PE 2:21, For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,
This is the kind of life you've been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step by step.
1PE 2:22-23, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth;  and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;
Our Lord never did one thing wrong, never said anything improper. They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right.
1PE 2:24-25, and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

Now, it's not just people hating you; remember it is a system that hates you. It is a type of thought; it is a thought, it is a system, it involves certain people. If you think only in terms of people hating you, remember there is a system that hates you. And that system is religion, and legalism, and it despises you.
There are seven reasons for the world's hostility towards the believer. The first is because the kosmos system hates Christ and we are related to Christ. Jesus Christ has always been despised by the kosmos, and yet He came to save it, JOH 3:17, "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him."
The second reason why the world, or the kosmos system hates the believer is because once a person is in the PPOG they no longer belong to the world. COL 1:13, For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,
PHI 3:20, For our citizenship [politeuma, or heavenly privilege] exists in heaven, from which place we eagerly anticipate the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
He no longer belongs to the kosmos system.

JOH 15:19, "If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you." You're born again now; you are disciples now. The Greek word for love here is the imperfect active indicative of phileo which is ephilei, meaning a personal rapport love. Satan is in opposition to the PPOG; that is what this verse teaches. Every believer is in the plan of God, and therefore it is the policy of Satan to hate anything in the plan of God. Since the day of your salvation, you have been in union with Christ, you are in the PPOG by the baptism of the Spirit, by all of the 40 things or more that happened at the moment of salvation. So, whether you like it or not, or whether you know it or not, Satan hates you.

You're to love the individual, JOH 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. But not the system, 1JO 2:15-17, Do not love the world [cosmic system], nor the things in the world [cosmic system]. If anyone loves the world [kosmos], the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world [kosmos], 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 [kosmos]. And the [kosmos] world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever. When people are saved, they are snatched from the system, the kosmos system (JUD 1:20-23).

JOH 15:18-19, "If the world hates you [and it does], keep on knowing that it has hated Me before {it hated} you. If you were of the world [second class condition, but you are not], the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you."

Chosen here refers to the doctrine of election; billions and billions of years ago, when election was put into operation, EPH 1:4-5, you were snatched out of the kosmos or the cosmic system. In eternity past, billions and billions of years ago, God the Father elected every believer in the Church-age. He elected Christ, and every believer is in union with Christ.

So the believer responded to the grace of God in time, which was designed in eternity past, and the moment he responded to the grace of God, faith in Christ, he entered the plan of God. At that moment the antagonism of Satan is there; the believer is moved out of kosmos diabolicos, and into the plan of God, operation grace. In one second of time, you become the object of the antagonism of his whole system.

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