Whether you’re new to Christianity, a long-time believer, or exploring what it means to follow Christ, you must understand this concept.
The fallen nature of the world sprang from an age of plenty and abundance where sin seemingly had no foothold, the Garden of Eden.
Because of the serpent’s wiles, Eve’s naivete, and Adam’s moral complacency (or open rebellion), the first humans condemned all humanity to a life of toil and pain.
But the curse didn’t stop with humanity.
As Paul tells us in Romans 8:21-23, creation itself remains in bondage and has been “groaning together in the pains of childbirth until the present.”
Keep reading as we explore what living in a fallen world means and how we can overcome through Christ, the Savior of the world.
The Fallen World
According to Ephesians 6:10-12, believers must wear God’s whole armor every day.
To stand firm against the schemes of the enemy.
This famous passage further explains that we wrestle with rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of darkness.
These verses clearly describe what it means to live in a fallen world.
But what does the actual term “fallen” mean?
In the Bible, this word refers to something morally or spiritually degraded.
We see this in the description of “fallen” Israel in Amos 5:2.
And the term comes up again in various passages such as Isaiah 14:12, where Lucifer falls from Heaven, becoming Satan.
In Revelation 12:4, we learn there are also fallen angels tempted away from God’s goodness by Lucifer’s rebellious spirit. In all of these cases, falling away from God leads to spiritual degradation and death.
The moral, spiritual, and social consequence of the fallen or failed state is God’s wrath, where once His goodwill abounded.
Living in a Fallen World
According to tradition, people of Jewish Faith spend the month before Pesach (Passover) cleaning their home in preparation for this important holiday.
This “Spring cleaning” starts right after Purim and involves removing all chametz from the home.
Chametz refers to leavened products.
Devout Jewish families search diligently for bread crumbs to deliver their household of chametz.
No nook or cranny is left uncleaned. From refrigerators to ovens, under sofa cushions and in pant pockets, all chametz must be removed.
In Luke 12:1, Jesus admonishes his disciples to “be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” In Matthew 16, he refers to the yeast of the Sadducees, warning his followers to avoid it.
Why the references to yeast or chametz in terms of sin?
Because yeast starts small.
Yet, over time, it takes hold of a whole loaf of bread, doubling it in size.
In other words, “small” sins lead to the fallen state of degradation and spiritual death.
The Leaven of This Fallen World
Without the forgiveness and salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ, we’re all prone to this death by a thousand cuts.
Sin, like yeast, is a creeping entity that invades almost imperceptibly but soon controls everything.
That’s why the process of removing the chametz from one’s home before Pesach proves so laborious.
This illustration of sin, as insidious as yeast, begs an important question.
How to live in a fallen world?
After all, you don’t have to look far to find signs and symptoms of moral and spiritual degradation in our modern world.
It’s important to remember, though, that there’s “nothing new under the sun” as the author of Ecclesiastes laments.
Jesus’s first disciples had to deal with a sin-filled world, too.
Ancient Rome represented a center of cosmopolitan vice.
Paganism and barbarity walked hand in hand, as illustrated by the thousands of Jewish men crucified annually outside the gates of Jerusalem.
Of course, as the Good News spread like wildfire, Christians soon endured relentless persecution, too.
What helped them not only to endure but to overcome these spiritual and physical attacks?
A personal relationship with God through Christ.
Our Helper in Times of Trouble
As we learn in the Gospel, the Lord is repairing His creation through Jesus.
This repair work has implications for everything, including our friendship with the Father and Son.
We see this discussed in passages such as John 10:10 and 15:15.
As Paul states in Romans 8:28-32 and Corinthians 6:11, we’re being restored to the likeness of Jesus Christ.
In the process, the chametz gets washed away, and we get renewed.
Because of the advent of the Holy Spirit, each believer has a direct line to Heaven.
Jesus tells us in John 14:26, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and remind you of all that I said to you.”
In other words, we are restored to the Lord’s original design for the family and creation through Jesus, and we’re also returning to proper dominion in caring for this world.
If we cultivate a personal relationship with Jesus, our Savior.
We must stand firm on The Word, God’s love letter to humanity, and believe faithfully in its promises.
Moreover, we must also acknowledge the Holy Spirit’s constant presence in our life, and submit to God’s will for each of our lives.
Overcoming Through Christ
When we build our foundation on God’s Word, accept the salvation offered to us by Christ, and learn to listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit, we know true peace.
Even while living in a fallen world.
How do we know this to be true?
It’s the promise given to us in numerous New Testament passages, including Matthew 5-7 and James 2:8.
In Ephesians 5:15-21, believers are commanded, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
Ultimately, we must die to the flesh and be reborn in the spirit as described in Galatians 2:20.
How do we achieve this?
By living triumphantly in a fallen world, firmly founded in the promises found in the Bible and reverently conforming ourselves to the image of Christ.
We must also rely on our Helper, the Holy Spirit, to bring comfort first to our heart and then to others through our actions.
Are we living in the End Times?
Yes, and You have been told what will happen and what you are to do.
2 Timothy 3:1-5; “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”
Your hope is found in Jesus Christ.
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Psalm 102:18; “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord.”
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