(You’re Not Of This Age)
TO THE BIBLE: 2 Corinthians 4:3-4
“But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”
At different times in scripture, the devil was described as “the prince of this world” and “the god of this world.” Although these two sound alike, they have different meanings. The term, “world,” used in both phrases, was translated from two separate Greek words: “Cosmos” and “Aion.” Cosmos refers to everything in the world and its physical arrangement; all the beauty of the world and everything in it. Aion, on the other hand, means “a dispensation, an age in which certain things happen;” for example, the Stone Age or Ice Age.
The devil became the ruler of this world when Adam committed treason and handed over the cosmos to him. But when Jesus—the second and last Adam—came, He dispossessed satan of this authority by virtue of His death, burial and resurrection, and gave us the victory! That was why He told His disciples: “Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself” (John 12:31-32).
So satan doesn’t have any right over this physical world anymore; he’s only the god of this “age,” that is, the systems of the world, including its governments, economics, education, etc. That explains why these things are in a mess. But we’re not of this age; we belong in God’s Kingdom, and we operate by a different set of rules. We don’t depend on the systems of this world, because they’re programmed to fail! We’re extraordinary people, and we depend only on God.
John 16:33; 1 John 4:4
Dear Father, I thank you for showing me today that I’m not of this world. Its systems don’t apply to me because I operate by the higher principles of your Kingdom. I refuse to be bound by the limitations that exist in the world today, for greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
1 Corinthians 9, Psalms 128-134
Colossians 2:8-15, Jeremiah 9
Meditate on 1 John 4:4.
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