You’re Not Of This World
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
“In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother” (1 JOHN 3:10)
The Bible lets us know in 1 John 3:10 that the devil has his children too, just like God the Father does. Jesus addressing the hard of hearing, said, “You are like your father the devil” (John 8:44), but glory be to God, we have the adoption of sons! We have originated from the Word of God, which was from the beginning according to John 1:1-4: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”
In James 1:18 the Bible also declares that “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.” The greater One indwells us and we must be so conscious of His indwelling presence. He is tabernacle in us. We are of God and have overcome the world, because greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).
Those who are born again, not with corruptible seed but incorruptible, manifest the nature of the Father, which is love. The disciples who lived in the days of the Acts of the apostles lived under the umbrella of love, releasing themselves to be taught, to grow, to care and to be used of God without resistance. “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles” (Acts 2: 42-43).
The life of a Christian is entirely distinct; you can observe that the apostles continued steadfastly in four major areas, which were the areas of Doctrine, Fellowship, Breaking of bread and Prayers. The things we do constantly make us different from the world.
FOR FURTHER STUDY:
1 CORINTHIANS 2:12; COLOSSIANS 2:20