The World – 4

For this world in its present form is passing away.

Though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. … We were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world.

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. … For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever. … The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name.

1Co 7:31; 2Co 10:2-4, Ga 4:3; Co 2:8, Ep 6:12; 1Jh 4:2-4; Re 11:15, Ze 14:9

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