How We Interact with Others in This Age (i.e. the day of the Lord, which is the reign of the Kingdom of God)

This is a subsidiary post of Age.

HOW WE RELATE TO THE WORLD AT LARGE

in biblical order

John 7:7  –  See note below on John 15:18, 19.
John 15:18, 19  –  And why does the world hate us?  Because we testify of it that its deeds are evil:  John 7:7.  This is why Cain killed Abel (see note on 1 John 3:13 below).
John 12:25  –  Why do we “hate our lives in this world”?  Because it is a creation in rebellion to its Creator.
John 15:25  –  That the Messiah would be “hated without a cause” was prophesied long before Messiah came (Psalm 35:19; 69:4).
John 17:14  –  If we walk in the steps of the apostles then the world will hate us as it hated them.
James 4:4, 5  –  If we are married to the Lord, we cannot consort with the world.  Nor if we are friends with the Lord, should we give aid and comfort to His enemies.
1 Peter 1:1  –  In this world, we “reside as aliens.”
1 Peter 2:11, 12  –  We live “as aliens and strangers” in the midst of “Gentiles” who live in the lusts of their flesh (Ephesians 2:1, 2, 3; 1 Peter 4:1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
2 Peter 2:20  –  The world has its defilements and entanglements.  Our goal is to stay free from them.
1 John 2:15, 16, 17  –  As it says in James 4:4, 5 and in the note about it above, we cannot love both the things of God and the things of the world, for the things of the world have to do with “the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the boastful pride of life.”
1 John 3:13  –  Why should we not be surprised that the world hates us?  Because it hated Him (John 15:18 – see note on this above).  And why did the world hate Him?  Because He demonstrated the righteousness of God (John 7:7).  Jesus Christ – and we who are with Him – stand in the place of Cain, and this is the surrounding contex of 1 John 3:13 – that is, see 1 John 3:10-15.
1 John 5:4  –  We are in conflict with the world (as is seen in so many of the verses above), and this conflict plays out in our victory…if we abide in our faith in Him.

Psalm 35:19  –  Those who “hate us without cause” are “wrongfully our enemies.”  That is, Messiah did not do anything to deserve the hostility of the world.  He simply became the object of the world’s hostility toward God.  That is, Messiah “inherited” the enmity that the world has for God.
Psalm 69:4

in conceptual order

We are hated by the world, and the persecution born of this hatred comes because of our association with Christ.  –  Matthew 10:22; 24:9; Mark 13:13; Luke 6:22; 21:17; John 15:18, 19, 20; 17:14.
This hatred manifests itself in various ways, and the Scriptures describe it in various ways.  –  Luke 6:22; Romans 8:35-37; 2 Corinthians 4:7-11, 17-18; 2 Timothy 3:12; Hebrews 11:25.
This “hatred without a cause” is what the prophets endured long before Jesus and the apostles and us.  –  Matthew 5:10, 11, 12; Luke 6:22, 23

HOW WE RESPOND TO THE WORLD’S HATE

in biblical order

Matthew 5:43-48
Luke 6:27-38

in conceptual order

We do not repay evil for evil.  –  Romans 12:17;;; Proverbs 20:22; 24:29
We do not take our own revenge.  We are not in the place of the Lord.  He is the judge; He will make all things right.  –  Romans 12:19; James 4:11, 12;;; Deuteronomy 32:35
We are at peace with our enemies.  That is, our attitude toward the world is not one of reciprocal hostility.  Even though the world has made itself our enemy, our attitude toward them is one of peace.  In this, we mimic our Lord.  –  Romans 12:18; Hebrews 12:14.
Even though the world is our enemy, we should love our enemies.  In this, we mimic our Lord.  –  Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27, 28, 35;;; Proverbs 25:21

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