1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Ephesians 2:1-6 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us TOGETHER with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up TOGETHER, and made us sit TOGETHER in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 21 In whom all the building fitly framed TOGETHER groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded TOGETHER for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
This world is not our friend. All of us have already been conformed and cultured by it in our past life before Christ Ephesians 2:1-3). It can still influence us after we are in Christ until our mind is renewed. Behind the course of this world is an alien spirit controlling it, the god of this world system (2 Cor. 4:4). In our past we were under the authority and direction of this spirit. Satan uses the world system to cultivate humanity into its image absent from the holy things of God and keeping people separate from the influence of God’s Church and present Kingdom.
From past history we can see how powerful and persuasive this spirit of the world can be as it uses culture to become a world power. A dominating world environment or culture rose to govern the whole world several times in history. Those former world powers were Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. We should not be naive and ignorant to think it will not happen again. These were simply forerunners to the last world culture that will come on the scene through the one called antichrist.
First Corinthians 2:12 says, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” The world here is not the physical world but the wicked system, civilization, society that rejects Christ and His rule headed by satan. It operates based on human lust or desires and all that is hostile and rebellious to God. The spirit animating or behind the course of this world is contrary, antagonistic, destructive to our individual spiritual growth and our fellowship together. It breeds separateness, isolation, independence, and self interest. The spirit of the world is also the motivating impulse of the culture it cultivates, which can manifest in many ways, but it will always be enmity against or anti-God (Romans 8:7).
This is totally opposite to what the Spirit of God does. The Spirit of God brings and breeds togetherness, humble interdependence, accountability and concern for others. Everything God’s Spirit did for us in Christ brought us together:
v.5 quickened us together
- 6 raised us up together
- 6 made us sit together
- 22 fitly framed us together
- 23 built us together
Assembling ourselves TOGETHER is still God’s plan and it hasn’t gone out of style Hebrews 10:25. Failure to want to be together with other members of the Body of Christ in a local assembly of believers is not the Spirit of God at work but the spirit of the world. Resist the spirit of the world and yield to the Spirit of God. It is time to head back to the Church, the defense and the support of the truth in your life.