Study and apprehend dear Saint. We are “in” this world but we are not “of” it.
Blessed be the Name of the Lord. King Jesus. Listening always for the sound of the last Trump. And the voice of our Lord Jesus calling us home. Amen! Maranatha!
John 17:11-16 King James Version (KJV)
11 And now I am no more in * the world,** but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Full contextual definition and exploration of the word “in” the world”and “of the world”
According to the Oxford English Dictionary complete text Oxford University Press of 1976 here is the following:
IN the World = (IN) To live by position, situation, within the limits of space, time, condition and circumstances, to be a resident, to partake, engage, join and be in the hands of in the control of and the power of, something to which a person is subjected; physical sense of location, vested by living, meaning the possession of life, to exist , be found, to make ones abode to dwell, subsist by supplying oneself with food, to pass life in a specified fashion manner of regulation or conduct – moral aspect > (THE WORLD) material universe origin Lord or Ruler of the World also known as the Prince of this World. (Satan) as distinguished from the earth, extra-terrestrial; The earthly state of human existence which is temporal as opposed to eternal, society with the systems of public in the activities, interest, practice and culture of mankind (Note by author: After the Fall of man in the Garden of Eden).
OF the World = (OF) Originally Off same. Off was used through the 11th century and started to fade by the 14th century. Off as in from. (Author example: living off the land means living from the land). Meaning of of originally off: separation, removal, away from privatization, derivation, origin or source, starting point, spring of action, cause agent, taking, instrument, material and other senses, which involve the notion of taking, coming, arising, or resulting from. The actual origin of of is difficult, if not impossible to separate from the use of the latin word “de” which means: from or the origin of, to originate from. To be after class, order, genus, species, kind, manner, In the person of… .> (THE WORLD) Originating from created from: To belong to this temporal world as distinguished from the other world (eternal). > (THE WORLD) material universe origin Lord or Ruler of the World also known as the Prince of this World. (Satan) as distinguished from the earth, extra-terrestrial; The earthly state of human existence which is temporal as opposed to eternal, society with the systems of public in the activities, interest, practice and culture of mankind (Note by author: After the Fall of man in the Garden of Eden).
What we can see here is to be in the world is basically living under the moral guidance of God’s law in this corrupted fallen world that is controlled by Satan and his powers.
But what I found to be most shocking is understanding that to be OF this world actually means to originate from, and be a derivation that has come from its origin, the Prince of this World Satan. Don’t believe me? Read John 8:42-45
John 8:42-45 King James Version (KJV)
42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.