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11/15/2022: Three Mechanisms To Sin’s Cycle

Intro

The intent of this—epic and evolutionary—diagram of sin’s cycle is to inspire the reader to fall out of love with the world and in love with the Word and will of God by becoming aware of all that is in the world, cue audio below…

Courage

1 John 2:15-17
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Inspired by the scripture above I believe it’s safe and accurate to state that there are three mechanisms to the reality of our world: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. The human condition is limited to those mechanisms, meaning the reality and experience of our situation is of a different “love” than the love of the Father, unless something is realized.

Diagram – 0

A brief description of Diagram-0: “myself” (Nathan) at the bottom left with 3 distinct colored oval rings (gold, red, and green) around ME—inscribed in the middle—representing my body, soul, and spirit; we have sin’s cycled diagram there in the middle which consists of the three mechanisms, the world and the “love” (Serpent, Devil, and Satan) of it in the background; then we have the white color ringed’ circle with “LOVE OF THE FATHER” inscribed in the middle and the scripture (1 John 2:15-17) displayed linked above it but in the same color green as the green ME to signify a connection!

Sin’s Cycle

What is it that you love in this world? Your family? Spouse? Kids? How about sports? What about money? Definitely Reese’s! And when you say you “love” those things, what do you mean? Do you think loving anything in this world is okay, if so, why? What do you think the apostle John meant when he wrote, “Do not love the world or the things in the world“?

My bible gives a little commentary that says this:

The term “world” does not always refer to the universe as created by God. It often is used to describe the community of sinful humanity that possesses a spirit of rebellion against God (1 John 5:19). Because of its opposition to God, the world values those things that are contrary to God’s will: “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16). Its temptations to the believer are thus twofold: lust for the sensual and pride in mastery of one’s own life.
The attraction of the world is amplified by Satan who is head of its system. He is called the “ruler of this world” (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11), and the whole world is said to be under his power (1 John 5:19, where “wickedness” can also be translated “wicked one”).
Some of the tragic effects that love of the world will produce in the believer’s life are:

a. A turning away from the Lord’s work and other believers (2 Tim. 4:10)
b. Alienation from God (James 4:4)
c. Corrupting sins (2 Pet. 1:4; 1 John 2:15-17);
d. Deception by false teachers (1 John 4:1; 2 John 7).

THORNFUL ROSE: INTRIGUE

My wife (Laura) and I had a great conversation about the “thorn” in the Apostle Paul’s side, “a messenger of Satan” (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).

Laura found through Dr. Constable’s Notes p. 167 different interpretations about the thorn:

“Three basic suggested interpretations of the thorn are as follows: (1) If flesh is a reference to the body, then it is a physical ailment like an earache, headache, eye trouble, epilepsy, or recurrent fever. (2) If flesh is a reference to the fallen nature, then the thorn could be a temptation. (3) If the expression is figurative, it could refer to persecution or opposition. Most commentators interpret it as a physical ailment.”1

“Many early church Fathers and Reformers understood the thorn to be a spiritual temptation—perhaps a tendency toward pride, or the opposition of Paul’s enemies. Some modern Roman Catholic interpreters take it as a fleshly temptation that assailed Paul’s moral purity. Many modern Protestant interpreters see it as a bodily suffering, namely, some physical illness or infirmity such as bad eyesight, a speech impediment, malaria,2 or epilepsy (cf. Gal. 4:13-15).3 Since the scriptural data does not provide a definite answer, it seems best to suspend judgment on any conclusion. Various commentators have made good cases for every one of the explanations
described above. Probably Paul avoided being explicit so his readers would not focus on his particular form of affliction exclusively.”

In light of Dr. Constable’s Notes given above, there seems to be 3 different approaches to the Apostle Paul’s thorn:

  1. Spiritual Temptation
  2. Fleshly Temptation
  3. Physical Illness or Infirmity

However, what was profound to my wife was how “God used evil for good”, which struck me odd at first because my brain does not make sense of good using evil for good; that to me sounds like evil is nothing more than a tool rather than a force necessitating justice, and thereby making good and evil indistinguishable.

I’m intrigued. So, let’s explore!…