John R. W. Stott, The Preacher's Portrait, Some New Testament Word Studies, (Grand Rapids: MI, 1961), p. 62.
We need to study the Johannine literature if we would discover the nature, activity and destiny of the world. Its prince or ruler is the devil (John 12:31>, 16:11). Indeed, &ls;the whole world is in the power of the evil one' (1 John 5:19>). It is in process of passing away (1 John 2:17>), but while it lasts its antagonism to the Church, to God's people, is deep and bitter (e.g., 1 John 3:13>).