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Lust of the World {2}

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series Psalm one

As we approach the study of Psalm one, I would like to take some time to read 1 John 2:16-17 as it relates to our study and to shed some light on its meaning, “For all that is in the world, are the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, that is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.

And as we read this verse, the question that pops out in my mind is, what do we understand about this verse, and is God saying we must not have the things of this world, and or is there more to the story and its relationship to Psalm one? And because I believe there is more to the story, I am asking you this question, “What do we need to understand about Psalm one, and what is the message hidden within Psalm one in relationship to 1 John 2:16-17?

In relation to our study on the book of Psalm, let me address 1 John 2:16-17 before we examine the law of God in Psalm one because Jesus also said in Matthew 6:33 “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” And looking at this scripture, it is clear we can have the things of this life as it is written in the word of God, however, according to the law of God in Psalm one we must not hope in them, nor should we set our hearts on the things of this world and that is because of what the blessed man had come to discover as he investigates the law of God, the law of God he meditated on day and night.

Now in regards to 1 John 2:16-17, it is important to note in agreement with Matthew 6:33, the desire of God is for us to have our hearts desires, however, in relation to the message, we must not desire the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and we must with all that is in us abandon the pride of the world we believe is the counsel of the ungodly.

But as we consider these things, we must also ask “What are the lust of the flesh, the eyes, and the pride of life that is in the world?” And I ask this question because these are the things the blessed man is avoiding why he is described as a tree planted by rivers of water.  And so that we might understand what the lust of the flesh, the eyes, and the pride of the world are. The desire of the world in relationship to Pslam 2:1-3 and 1 John 2:16-17 is to rebel or continue to rebel against God, his Son, and the kingship of his Son Jesus Christ.

The plot of the world is to establish their own kingdom, and Psalm 2:1 reminds us of this truth. It reads, Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? ” And let us Remember in Matthew 6:33, Jesus said we are to, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

The word of God is saying we are to first seek God’s kingdom, not the kingdom the world is seeking to establish, a kingdom without God, and a kingdom in rebellion against God. And because of these truths, we should now understand the people of the world are lusting after what they perceived to be lawful in their own eyes, a kingdom of their own without God, and are therefore in rebellion against the coming kingdom of God.

But what will happen to those seeking to establish a kingdom without Christ and that is in rebellion against God? 1 John 2:16-17 is clear on the subject. It is reporting that the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of the world will pass away” which is the world’s desire and plan to establish a kingdom in opposition to the kingship of Jesus Christ. That desire, kingdom, and dream will pass away.

But if we seek the kingdom of Jesus Christ, a kingdom governed by the love and will, and pleasure of Jesus Christ, we shall have all the things we desire according to Matthew 6:33. That is the beauty of this world and the joy that comes with it without the pain and sufferings we see today because this kingdom the ungodly is trying to hold on to will be taken out of their hands.

The lust of the flesh, the eyes, and the pride of life are the plans of the world to live under the sinful nature of Adam and to establish a kingdom in opposition to Jesus Christ. The plan of the world is to rebel against Jesus Christ and his kingdom, the kingdom we are to first seek.

And because this was and is a realization on the part of the blessed man in Psalm one, he is rejecting the counsel of the ungodly because he understood full well the desire and plans the wicked have in mind will perish along with those pursuing the desires and pleasures of a sinful and rebellious kingdom in opposition to the coming kingdom of Jesus Christ.

Psalms 2:1-4 reads,Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: The Lord shall have them in derision.” And because the Lord shall have them in derision, the blessed man is preparing himself for the coming kingdom of God and therefore is rejecting the counsel of the ungodly.

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