Galatians 1:3-4 “3Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 4Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:”
So as we continue with our definition of the word “world” to which we are delivered from, let’s quickly look at the statement of Jesus;
“Jesus answered (to Pilate), My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence” (John 18:36).
In John 17:11-16, He already stated that His disciples are IN the world, but not OF the world.
The Kingdom, likewise is IN the world, but not OF this world meaning it’s not established by the world’s methods or operated by the world’s standards. It does not function by the politics of the world.
The Kingdom of God does not contain a Republican or Democratic platform or any form of man instituted government. It is established and maintained on a different basis from the kingdoms of this world. It doesn’t take its economic principles from this world.
So when we enter the kingdom for instance, we are not taken out of these earthly realms, the planet earth around us but we are rescued, delivered from the jurisdiction of darkness, the hateful spiritual world empire that energizes the governments of earth for which mankind is entangled with.
We have been removed into that other spirit realm whose Monarch is God’s beloved Son and our Elder Brother.
One of the key words translated “world” in the words of Jesus in our English Bibles is the Greek word KOSMOS.
The word originated in Classical Greek, and it denotes principally one underlying thing:, a harmonious order, system or arrangement. Out of this meaning it may be applied to the earth, the inhabitants of the earth, society, the whole race of men alienated from God and thus hostile to the ways of God, the universe, worldly affairs such as worldly goods, endowments, riches, advantages, pleasures, customs, ways, methods, organizations, systems, institutions, governments, etc.
The idea of orderly arrangement or organization lies behind all of the aforementioned categories. The earth, the solar system, the universe, society, government, commerce, education, social institutions, finance, entertainments — all these and many more operate by precise laws, order, arrangement, systems and methods as we may know them.
All organized systems of men that they want to live by is “the world.” None of it is of the Spirit of God. None of it is established along the lines of God’s ways, God’s righteousness, God’s nature, God’s word, or God’s will.
The Spirit has an altogether different standard and order out of the invisible realm. That is the Kingdom of God. Therefore every organized system of the visible realm is the “world” in contrast to, and set apart from, the Kingdom of God out of the invisible realm of God’s Spirit.
But when we read of Galatians 1:4, “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, (aion=age) according to the will of God and our Father,”
The word used here is (AION) which means an ‘age’. Here it is the ‘age of the law’ and power of the prince of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2). More on this later.
The question is, are you saved? Are you truly delivered from these powers? Are you still of the world or not of the world? Don’t forget He came to deliver us from this present evil age and not to rapture us out of it. Truth is, you are saved to be a saviour and not to go away and it’s not a tomorrow’s thing, it’s a now thing right from the time of His resurrection, having shared the blood.
To be continued…