What is the meaning of ‘the world’ in the Bible?

What is the meaning of ‘the world’ in the Bible, because in one place the Lord says, “For God so loved the world”, and then in another He says, “Do not love the world” ?

The word ‘world’ in the Bible has three interpretations and if we do not understand each meaning, it can lead to confusion:

1. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”(John 3:16). Here the ‘world’ means the people – ‘whoever’. Therefore, God loves everybody in the world, and created us in His own image; you also must love everyone in the world in Christ, in a pure, fruitful, building way. To deal with the world as people equals love.

2. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). This verse relates to the ‘things’ of the world; ‘things’ being sins such as adultery and pride.

3. “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4). This verse emphasises how much the sin of adultery is displeasing to God. Both James and 1 John explain how we must hate the world as sin, but love the world as people. This is because we are servants of the Lord, and members in the huge body of mankind, and it is our purpose to witness in front of everybody for the Lord.

By Bishop Moussa


5 thoughts on “What is the meaning of ‘the world’ in the Bible?

  1. httA person that is rightly guided by righteousness within them, right minded in healthy state of mind and emotional state of being, never instructs a person to murder non believers or any other person, never instructs a person to violate Commandments, Law. Never instructs a person to murder, enslave, rape or do other destructive, evil, sinful, unlawful, illegal, actions, deeds, works. Never instructs a person to live the crooked way of antichrists of the world soceity, the crooked way of criminals of the world society.
    p://chooselifenotdeathanddestruction.homestead.com/ May every person that reads, read understand and choose wisely

  2. that word world does not mean three things it only means one thing,the word world actually is referencing the 12 tribes of isreal .as you would say the jewish world or ” community”

    • our messiah only lived for the lost sheep of Israel and the dispersed of Judah. when john speaks of the world in 3:16 he is speaking of the people Israel and not the gentiles of the world.

  3. World means age or society, and their are different worlds. Isaiah 45:17 states “But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.”, which is one world, 1 John 2:15 states “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.” The concept of the world we know, is a relatively new concept. When those who came to “America”, came under the notion of claiming the land and, was referred to as the “new world”, separating itself from the “old world”.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s