John 17:15 I do not ask that You would take them out of the world, but that You would keep them out of the hands of the evil one. (16) They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. (17) Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. 1 John 5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the evil one.
The evil one is the Devil, and the world is an evil system arranged systematically and ruled by the Devil, Satan. Satan has systematized all the things on earth, especially those related to mankind, into his kingdom of darkness to possess people, to distract them from the enjoyment of God, and to frustrate them from fulfilling God's purpose. Therefore, the world denotes the enemy's scheme, system, and organization to usurp the place of God in man and finally to gain full possession of man. Since the whole world lies in the evil one, the believers must be kept from the evil one. Both kinds of words are holy, having the sanctifying power to separate the believers from the world. The more we take either the Lord's constant word or instant word into us, the more we are sanctified. The more we are nourished, saturated, and permeated with the Lord's constant or instant word, the holier we become. And the more holiness we partake of, the more we are in the genuine oneness. God's living word works in the believers to save them from being enslaved by the world, separating them from the world and its occupation unto God and His purpose. (c) 2007 Living Stream Ministry.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of John, p. 482. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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