What Does 1 John 2:17 Mean?

The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

1 John 2:17(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Man’s viewpoint of the world is very different from God’s perspective. Man likes to think that everything is going to continue on as it has in bygone days, but God has purposed that the world with all it passions and lusts is passing away and will one day be folded-up like a blanket.

The world is indeed passing away and its seasonal fading and fall are replaced when new-growth springs up – as a perpetual reminder that the heaven and earth is finite but will one day be replaced with a new heaven and a new earth, which should become our prime viewpoint.

Similarly the vain pursuits of this world and the deceptive pleasures of the life we once ‘enjoyed’, will perish in our memories with the ever-increasing march of time as we discover them to be passing vanities.

The wise man does not endeavour to grab hold of what he cannot keep but clings to that which will continue into the eternal ages to come and the virtuous woman does not seek to satisfy her passing fancies but looks to discover the will of God and to develop His wider perspective.

The riches and poverty, pleasures and passion, beauty and bitterness, fame and shame of this perishing world are transitory, but the things of the Lord are permanent, pure, good, secure and of everlasting worth. The lust of the flesh and the pride of life are futile and false, but the things of God will last forever. His love will never fail, His promises are everlasting, and His truth will endure throughout all generations.

Let us beware, for the passing cravings of this life can subtly allure us away from God’s permanent path of purity and His secure way of wisdom, rather let us set out hearts on the things of God, for the one that looks away from the world to Jesus, will never be disappointed

My Prayer

Loving Father, I know that the world is transient and at times I hang on to those things which I know are passing away. Help me to keep my eyes on You and help me to seek Your will in both the big and little things of my life, to Your praise and glory, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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