How can believers be in the world, but not of the world?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
When we read of the "world" in the New Testament, we are reading the Greek word cosmos. Cosmos most often refers to the inhabited earth and the people who live on the earth, which functions apart f...

July 01 2013 4 responses Vote Up Share Report

052 Dannie Murdoch
Living in this world is one of the hardest thing a follower of Christ can do. Everyday we have to mix with non believers be it at work, at home or socially. Unless we lock ourselves away we will cross paths with many many non believers. 
We therefore have to hold fast to our faith and live as Christ like life as we can. Even things like voting presents a problem to believers. Here in Scotland we have at present 3 gay party leaders. Do we abstain from voting for them solely on the basis that they are sinners despite the fact that their policies are good? We certainly must not condone sin, any sin. We also must remember that we too are sinners albeit repentant ones. However we must strive to do God's will in our lives and refrain from taking part in sin or promoting sin. 

First Peter 2:9 says, "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." We live in a world of darkness, but we are not part of that darkness. We are not of the world because we are in Christ; we have the light. And while we are still in the world, we are called to be set apart, to shine the light that others might know Him and be saved (Matthew 5:13-16).

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