Third, “The whole world, without exception, lies in the power of the evil one.”
19 We know that we are of God, and we know that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. (1 Jn. 5:19 NAU
Again, there are those two truths we know.
If you’re keeping up with current events it’s pretty easy to see why John would say such a negative thing, “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” And as the world turns things have gotten much worse than they were in John’s day. I’m not saying that every protester is wicked and evil and unregenerate because I don’t know that. But thousands of them are manifesting who their father is.
But it is not just the protesters and rioters and the moronic criminal element that always raises its ugly head during times like these, it is also our media. They won’t get off God’s hook.
Do you remember the other name for the evil one given him by the apostle Paul? It’s found in 2 Cor. 4:4, he’s “the god of this world.” The devil’s chief task is to blind people’s minds to keep them from seeing and embracing Jesus as Lord and Savior. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,
4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Cor. 4:3-4 NAU)
Racism and police brutality against unarmed black men is one of many distractions the devil is using to blind this world and to make them believe that Jesus is irrelevant.
Fourth and finally, “The good news is this, ‘greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.’”
4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
5 They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them.
6 We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 Jn. 4:4-8 NAU) Church, do you want to know how to think of the protesters and the whole shebang? Watch their behavior and know that not even then can we condemn any of them. What we see comes out of the heart. Love ‘em. In Jesus’ name. Amen.