1 John 2:17
“And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
This verse is part of the apostle John’s explanation of the reasons why believers should not love the world. The reason John gave here is that the world is passing away. The Word of God tells us that this present world shall perish and, in fact, is already in the process of degeneration.
- 1 Corinthians 7:31 – “… the fashion of this world passeth away.”
- Romans 8:20 – “For the creature was made subject to vanity…”
- 2 Peter 3:10 – “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”
To be sure, God will destroy the physical universe at the end of Christ’s millennial reign. So John, looking at this perishing world, urged believers not to strive for its “lusts”—its passions and appetites, which are contrary to God’s will. Why would believers strive for something damnable and rapidly perishing? Instead, believers should be passionate about knowing and doing God’s will, which is eternal and imperishable. Every true believer, who is called to enjoy eternal life, will not waste his time and efforts on temporary, perishing things, but rather set his affection on things that will have eternal rewards.
Heaven and its enjoyment are exclusively for those who believe and follow the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who reject Christ will remain forever outside New Jerusalem, and end up in the lake of fire (cf. Revelation 20:15; 21:8)! Children, follow the Lord Jesus Christ in faith and obedience, that you may inherit heaven and all its wonderful heavenly pleasures.