Helping us to understand what the lust of the flesh, the eyes, and the pride of the world are, we read to you a supporting scripture taken from Matthew 5:3 which speaks of three things, God’s offer which is his blessing, repentance, and the coming kingdom of God.
And in light of the theme of the bible that speaks of a perishing world, the poor, or humble man must first understand his position and must consciously choose to either accept Jesus as his king or reject him and perish with the world that is passing away.
The blessing of God is God’s offer to inherit his kingdom, but for us to inherit God’s kingdom, we are to first turn away from our pride and repent, accept we are guilty and are in need of God’s mercy, we need God to make the decision to allow us to enter his kingdom.
However, we can choose to reject God’s offer and perish, and we are to understand that our rejection is the lust of the flesh, the eyes, and the pride of the world. Because the lust of the world is to establish its own empire and kingdom to do whatever it pleases without the leadership of God who gave it to his son Jesus Christ.
When we think about pride in relationship to the bible, we once thought it was dealing with the pride of sin such as self-importance and refusing to own up to our sins. However, those were broad and general conversations without a point, but when it comes to the word pride in relationship to the theme of the bible; and in regard to the world, we must see it to mean refusing to repent.
This may sound new, but it is a very old lesson because reading 1 Jhon 2:16-17, we are told the world is passing away, meaning there is a standing opposition coming from the world toward the kingdom of God that will one day remove the world out of its place. Therefore, the lust of the flesh, the eyes, and the great pride of the world is their refusal to turn away from building an empire in opposition to the kingdom of God.
But how can we justify this truth? Another supporting scripture we will use can be found in Isaiah 9:6-7, which speaks of Jesus the king and his kingdom to come. Again, which is why the world is passing away. And as we look at Isaiah 9:6, we can see the opposition of the world to the kingship of Jesus Christ because as soon as he came into the world to claim his throne, the world put him on trial and in a vain attempt tried to take the kingdom away from him.
Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
And what did we understand from reading this scripture? We understand what we were taught, Jesus came into the world become its sacrifice. True, but there is more to why he came into the world, Yes, the theme is that the world is perishing, and he came to save the world. However, he also came to be its king, and to set up his kingdom.
“For unto us a child is born” doesn’t only mean Jesus came into the world to become its sacrifice, but because the world recognizes he came to be its king, and to uproot the kings of the earth, they were as the scripture reports, “the world was on his shoulder.” They were against him; therefore, they put him to death on the cross and so he became our sacrifice.
Therefore, the great lust of the world, the lust of the flesh, the eyes, and the pride of life is to reject their king, Jesus, and to take what doesn’t belong to them and because they have done this evil thing and in their pride are refusing to turn away from their wicked ways. The penalty of death and judgment is resting on us that are of the world refusing Jesus as their king. And in light of the theme of the bible, this is the sin of the world, their rebellion, and this is the pride and the lust of the flesh and of the world. It is their refusal to stop opposing the kingdom of God in pursuit of their own…