by Dr. Ed Young

(Transcribed from actual tape) March 4, 1984 PM

I John 2:12-17

If you'll open your Bibles with me to First John, Chapter Number 2, begin-
ning with Verse 12. First John 2, Verse 12, and we'll go just as far as we
can. Let's bow for prayer.

"Father, for the excitement in this service, for the thrill of worship, we
praise You. We're thankful that You have tabernacled among us today, that
You've touchecl all o-F oru-rhearts 4in the area o,4 ou,- trL-aau.-e, a, yeah, in
the area of our commitment, in the area of our lifestyles. Lord, in this
service as we open Thy Book again, You speak. Let me get out of the way so
that Thy word and Thy holy and divine message might not only be heard, but
Lord, we want to put legs under it, our lives on top of it, and build it in-
to our minds and our countenances, and our inner being. For this is our
prayer in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior and our Lord, Amen."

Our subject tonight is love. It's not love in a spiritual sense, in that
we are to love God. We are to love one another and the rest of it. But
it's love in a negative sense. Your Bibles there in First John, look at
Verse 15. It says - Chapter 2, Verse 15:
15 Love not the wortd, neither the things that are in the
world. if any man love the worzd, the love of the Father
is not in him.

In other words, we are not to love this world. Why? Because the world is

made up, since the fall of man in the Garden, of the evil one. He is the

prince of this world. He is the ruler of this world. And his way is sover-

eign in this particular dimension, this domain in which we live. And, there-

fore, we are instructed here that as members of the family of God, as Christians,

we are not to love the world. We are to love God. We are to ...

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