1 John 2:15-17 reads:
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
“He that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” This world passes away. The allures of the lust of the flesh and the eyes…of the pride of life…are temporary. They do not exist in heaven. They are not of the Father. And the kingdom of God is forever.
The reality of God is the one that lasts forever. The reality of this world is the one that passes away.
One compelling piece of evidence that argues for the divine origin of the Bible is the complete break…the inexplicable departure from worldly conventional normalcy and thinking…that is an integral component of every biblical narrative story of faith. The distinctive novelty of this feature in the Bible is what is expressed in these three classic verses penned so beautifully by the apostle John at the dawn of the Christian era in the first century.
As Abraham walks from the city of Haran to the Promised Land of Canaan…inaugurating a uniquely biblical walk of faith…with each step he takes God is displacing the normative life Abraham would have lived with a new and innovative life-script that Abraham could never have dreamed up in his wildest imagination.
In this opening introduction of walks of faith into the experiences of mankind…God is displacing the worldly conventional lust of the flesh and eyes, and the pride of life…which are temporal and pass away…with doing the will of God according to a life-script divinely composed for our benefit…at the higher level of the thoughts and ways of God that abide forever (Isa. 55:8-9; Lk. 16:15; Eph. 3:16-19).
What is uniquely distinctive about the biblical narrative stories of faith is that the goals…the journeys from point-A to point-B…are at their initial inception beyond the reach of human beings to imagine, invent, or resolve.
God-composed journey of faith life-scripts are nothing like self-energized journeys of discovery within the limited paradigm of self-realization. The brilliantly imaginative introduction of point-B’s into the biblical narrative stories of faith that are unreachable and unsolvable by humanistic means…separates human experience into two diametrically opposed worldviews…the first being the lust of the flesh and eyes and the pride of life…and the second worldview doing the will of God which abideth forever.
This is an ingenious dichotomy of optional worldviews that could only be engineered by God. It is a reality that defies any plausible explanation using the philosophies of materialism and naturalism based on the physical properties of matter and energy alone.