Confusion and God never mix!

    There is a passage of Scripture that I’ve read many times, “Keep yourselves unspotted from the world.” When I would study over this and think how I’ve heard it explained by others, what I got was it means not to do anything that the world could and would point to me saying, “Well he is doing such and such! He claims to be a Christian but we see so he must be a hypocrite!” 

     God explained the passage to me saying something along the lines of: “Bryan, anything that you do the world will find fault. This message is simple, keep yourself unspotted from the world means, that when I washed you in the Blood of Christ you became white. If you do something that I have given instruction against, then your white robe has a spot on it because your action was of the world. I tell you to keep yourself from sin, that will keep your unstained Blood-bought white soul unblemished.
      Then I understood, and now when I hear anyone quoting that verse and giving the old definition, I can smile thanking Almighty God for understanding my frustration and telling me from His own Holy Spirit, the true meaning. BTW I will only read the KJV ( yes, the version that so many people are fooled by satan into thinking that the words are to hard and that words like Ye, Hath, Thee ,Telleth, etc. .   That’s just speak! God explaining a passage to a regular guy like me, shows us that God will give understanding at the time His will deems it necessary and will further our knowledge. However, we must remember that God’s timing is not the same as ours, so never make the mistake of trying to rush Him or believing to fit your own wants and desires. “For the works of man worketh not the righteous of God.”  

                               Trust In The Power And Love That God Has For You!

From: Bryan (Abir) Matthews


4 thoughts on “Confusion and God never mix!

  1. Bryan;

    Very thoughtful. I have often wondered what the meaning of that phrase is as well. What stands out to me is not only the blemish we might receive if we sin but more what the world represents. Some who study theology say that there are three ways ‘the world’ is used in the Bible.
    (1) The physical world, composed of water, soil, atmosphere, vegetation, ect. {example: Naham 1:5}.
    (2) The human world, made up of people; “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,” {John. 3:16}.
    (3) The world in the moral sense, which is composed of all those things that attract us away from God {see 2 Pet. 1:4; Tit. 2:12; Rom. 12:2; 1 John. 2:15-17}. The teaching of James 1:27 requires that we shun any and every form of attitude, action or association that would move us away from God. “

    So I thought, yes, we must keep from sin but more importantly sin in the broader sense ie: what we set our hearts on “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1 John 2:16

    So, I wonder if the importance of what James is saying is tied to what he means by the world. As in 1 John 2:16 where John describes that we should reject those things of ‘the world’ which distract us from our relationship with Christ and which should not comprise our deepest motivations.

      What do you think? I hope I didn't get off track.  :)


    1. Kathy,
      Yes we are to be apart from the world God said in His word,
      2 Corinthians 6:17
      “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,” .
      I’m sorry but I don’t study theology and so I can’t agree with the people that say “the world” is used in three different ways in the Bible. All that I know is what you said when you quoted:
      1 John 2:15,16,17
      “Love not the world, neither the things that are 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 lust of the flesh, and the lust 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 lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” So let’s compare:
      James 1:27
      “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
      It seems to me that both verses compliment each other. What do you think? There are many other times that God tells us that we can not love the world and love Him.
      First let’s remember that everything in the Bible, every piece of scripture is meant for our instruction in obedience to God. What did Jesus say about loving Him? Jesus says,
      “If any man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him.” John 14:23
      I hear so many lost people today say, “Well I love the Lord!” And nobody corrects them by letting them know what our Savior said about loving Him. I usually say the above quote from Jesus and then ask, “So who is telling the truth you or Christ?” As you can imagine that doesn’t sit well with people and I’m shunned, talked about, put down, and mocked, but at the same time I’m comforted by God in verses like these:

      John 15:19
      ” If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”

      Matthew 5:10
      “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

      2 Corinthians 4:9
      “Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;”

      John 15:20
      “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”

      1 Thessalonians 2:15
      Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:

      1 Corinthians 4:12
      “And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:”

      Matthew 5:12
      “Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: forgreat is your reward in heaven: forso persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
      I am called to be a Christian Counselor and I would be honored if you ever just want to talk or, God forbid, something happens that you need to talk. My mobile is (843) 372-8229, you can text me anytime.

                               Most Sincerely,
                               Bryan (Abir) Matthews


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