The World

“Love not the world, neither the things in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the desire thereof, but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”  (1 John 2)

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3)

John (Hebrew: Yohan) does not mean in 1 John that we do not love men who are in the world. For Yeshua in John 3 says that “God so loved the world”. 1 John means the order of things in the world, and John 3 means “all men in the world” who are ordered in their place by God. There is the order of things in the world, and the order of each man. Thus it can be said without contradiction in the grace of God that “God so loves the world” and “love not the world”.

The Greek word for “world” in both these passages is Κοσμος (kosmos, Strongs 2889). It is the word in English we derive “cosmic” or “cosmos” This speaks of the order of heavenly bodies in the universe. Κοσμος is the noun form of the verb, Κοσμεω. (kosmeo, Strongs 2885). This word means to order, decorate, adorn, garnish and to trim a candle. It has a sense of order. A candle that is not trimmed is not in the right order to be lit and give light to the house. It can speak of a room or a grave decorated, a women adorned in jewelry, the gospel adorned, and a bride and a city adorned (Revelation). Kosmos is found many times in the writings of the apostolos, and 24 times in the writings of the prophets. Used less at the time of the writing of the LXX, and more at the time of the writings of the apostolos. Κοσμεω is found 10 times (Mat 12:44, 23:29, 25:7, Luke 11:25, 21:5, 1 Tim 2:9, Titus 2:10, 1 Pet 3:5, Rev 21:2, 21:19) in the apostolos’ writings, and 11 times (2 Chron 3:6, Est 1:6, Eccl 1:15, 7:14, Jer 4:30, Ezekiel 16:11, 13, 58, 23:40, 41, Mic 6:9) in the Tanach (LXX). 

To look at the Hebrew Gen 2:1 reads, “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the hosts of them”. The LXX translates “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the “kosmos” of them”.  The Hebrew word for “Host” is “tsaba” which has a meaning of group of persons or things, especially soldiers for battle. The Hebrew language has the implication of order, the hosts of heaven, the stars and the sun and the moon, and also soldiers enmass to battle, which would always imply being in order. In the Greek language we see the greater use of the word, for the Greeks saw order in a different way, than as the Hebrew. The Greeks saw man as the source of order, verus order through the one true God. The Greek sought knowledge by order, while in the thoughts of the Tanach order was a given and Yehovah was sought. The translators took this word to emphasize the order of things, the world and all that is contained, kosmos.

To bear witness to Gen 2:1 I will quote from Isaiah 12:10, “For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light. The sun shall be darkened in its going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.” The LXX states, “For the stars of heaven, and Orion, and all the host  (kosmos) of heaven shall not give their light. At it shall be dark at sunrise, and the moon shall not give its light.” Again the order of the heavens, the stars and the moon and the sun. Constellations are the order of the stars in particular.

And so to see Κοσμος most clearly in the Christ, Yeshua, “When he was set down on the judgment seat”. (Mat 27:19) This is Pilate on the judgment seat. This is a place of the world. This is a place made by the skills and ability of men. This is a place of the desire of the flesh, and the desire of the eyes and the pride of life. It is a place of power and wealth and honor of man. Love not the world! For if we love the world we desire the condemnation of Christ. We are of the spirit that yells out crucify, crucify him, if we love the world. This is a place of prominence and wealth and acceptance and the praise of men, and it is the place where the judgment is passed down upon Christ. It is a place ordered by God. It is of the world. And yet the Christ, Yeshua died for all men. And also He loved the world, Pilate and Judas and all men. And yet at the same time he hated the world, those things that make up the desire of the flesh and of the eyes, the pride of life. He hated his own life, for the giving of His life, was the life of all men. These thoughts are reconciled in the one true gospel I know I preach. And it is the true grace of God which attaches us to the one true gospel. This is sound doctrine!

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