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Post Road Baptist Church
2209 N. Post Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73141
Phone: (405) 769-5050
http://www.postroadbaptistchurch.com
This will be the consummation of the age (often
wrongly translated as “the end of the world.” Matt.
13:39-40, 49; 24:3; Heb. 9:26).
How to Live Victoriously in this Evil World
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord
Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us
from the present evil age, according to the will of our
God and Father” Galatians 1:3-4
1.
The world in which we live today is evil. But the
world was not always evil. The creation narrative many
times states that what God made was good (Gen. 1:4,
12, 18, 21, 25, 31). The world became evil through
man’s disobedience to God (Gen. 3).
2.
This generation of evil will continue only for a time.
Jesus did not come the first time to put an end to this
generation but Jesus will put an end to it at a specific
time in the future when He will come again in His
glory. For this reason Paul calls the current time “this
present evil world.”
3.
The first time Christ came as a Lamb to take away
the sin of the world. He saves individuals within this
world and time, but He does not take them out of the
world (John 17:6, 9, 12–20; 1 Cor. 5:9-10). And He
preserves the redeemed in the world during this age (1
Pet. 1:5).
4.
He will come again to judge the world (Matt.
25:31–46; Acts 10:42; 17:31; 24:25; Rev. 20:11–15).
5.
When this present age is consummated, there will be
a new age. This is designated as “the age coming,”
(Greek means “the next life” Mark 10:30; Luke 18:30)
6.
The good news is that Christ’s death saves us from
sin while we are still in this evil world (Gal. 1:4).
Christ’s death was a voluntary gift: “Who gave
himself.” His love for us prompted Him to give Himself
for us while we were still ungodly enemies of God and
at home in this evil world (Rom. 5:6–8).
7.
Christ’s death was necessary because of our sin. This
can be seen by considering what “for” means in the
sentence, “He died for our sins.” He died in behalf of or
because of our sins. When He did that, our sins were
removed from us once and for all. They were buried in
the depths of the sea, so to speak (Mic. 7:19). He
forgave our sins. The word “forgive” in Greek means
“to send away from us.” The death of Christ thus deals
first with our sins by removing them from us.
8.
He gave His own body, voluntarily accepting death
for the sake of our own dead bodies. Our bodies were
dead because of sin (Eph. 2:1). Moreover, with His own
resurrection, He also raises unto newness of life all
those who believe on Him. Ephesians 2:5 states it
clearly: “Even when we were dead in our trespasses, He
Post Road Baptist Church
2209 N. Post Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73141
Phone: (405) 769-5050
http://www.postroadbaptistchurch.com
made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have
been saved)” He gave His life to simultaneously give us
the life of His resurrection. (Colossians 2:13)
9.
Thus, Jesus through His death and resurrection
took away our sins and endowed us with His life.
This achieved our justification before God. When
Christ presents the believer to the Father then the Father
declares the sinner free of guilt. He is then justified and
acquires peace with God and access to God (Rom. 5:1;
Gal. 2:16).
10.
Yet after accepting Christ’s death and His salvation
leads to a life of constant struggle in this sinful and
evil world. Yet when Christ removes our sins, He
changes us completely (2 Cor. 5:17).
11.
But the world and age in which we must remain
continues to be the old, fallen, unredeemed world.
This will not change until Jesus comes to reign forever
and ever. (Gal. 1:5; Phil. 4:20; 1 Tim. 1:17; 2 Tim.
4:18; Heb. 13:21; 1 Pet. 4:11; 5:11; Rev. 1:18; 4:9, 10;
5:13, 14; 7:12; 10:6; 11:15; 14:11; 15:7; 19:3; 20:10;
22:5).
12.
Christ’s sacrifice can deliver the believer from the
spirit of this evil age. This is clearly stated as one of
the purposes of Christ’s death, “that he might deliver us
[the believers] from this present evil world [aionos,
�age’]” (Gal. 1:4).
13.
This does not mean that He takes us away physically
from the world, but He gives us victory against sin
while we are in an age permeated with evil. We can be
in the world, but not of the world as our Lord prayed in
John 17:15.
14.
This “present age” represents the philosophy of life
of this age and all it’s evil.
15.
“According to the will of God and our Father” (Gal.
1:4). The will of God is always that we may not be
affected by any worldly philosophy of life. Although
we are surrounded by evil, God should never be blamed
for it. We are reaping the consequences of our inherited
and personal sin.
16.
In spite of all the evil that surrounds us, God is still
our Father and He will fully protect us while we are
in the world and on our way out.
Zodhiates, S. (1998, c1998, c1994, c1993). Volumes 1-4. Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers
The Lord knows them that are his by name, but we must know
them by their character. - Matthew Henry
Modern man has lost any sense of God's nearness, but
Christianity teaches that God reveals himself through every
single thing he has ever brought into being, whether a created
object or historical event. - R. C. Sproul
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