The World Is Not Our Home
By Adolph Saphir
Christ has delivered us from this present evil world, of which Satan is the prince. The wisdom of this world is not able to recognize the truth as it is in Jesus. The world, as our Savior has foretold, shall hate us. The more we show forth Christ’s image, the more closely we follow Him, and testify for Him in word and truth, the more shall the enmity and persecution of the world among all nations rest on us. For the world loveth its own, and hateth what is not of the world, but from above (John 15:18-20).
God is taking out from the nations of the earth a people to know and serve Him. The church is an election. Its character is elective, and not universal; exceptional, and not general; we are the few, and not the majority; strangers and pilgrims, and not established and dominant; waiting for the absent (yet spiritually present) Lord and Bridegroom, who will return.
Our hope is Christ’s return. We are not expecting days of peace and sunshine, but of storm and tempest. We are not looking forward to times of safety, of godliness and of truth, but to perilous times, in which worldliness and error shall become strong, attractive, and violent. We expect the days which preceded the flood and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. We believe God will gather many from among Jews and Gentiles into the church, and bless His testimony to multitudes, ere the judgment comes. But our hope is nothing less and nothing else than the Lord Himself, who shall return to take to Himself the kingdom, according to the will of the Father.
Our only anxiety, therefore, ought to be to remain faithful and loyal to Him; to maintain truth in its fullness and in the spirit of love, to seek not high or worldly things, but, like Jesus Himself, to rejoice and give thanks when the Father reveals His Son, and sinners draw near to hear the beloved Gospel of divine grace.