Galatians chapter 1 verse 4 says this: “…who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father”
We easily recognize that Christ died for our sins. But why? “. . . that He might deliver us from this present evil age.”
The word translated “deliver” does not just mean being delivered from bondage, the way the Israelites were delivered out of Egypt. It means instead, “rescued from the power of.” The meaning “delivery away from” may be implied, but that is not the primary meaning here. The power of this present evil world lies in its ability and power to make an impression upon us or make us conform to its ways, to subtly actually make us follow the ideals of “the world”.
Paul writes in I Corinthians 5:verse 10 “I didn’t mean that you should go out of the world, but rather that you should not fellowship with one who is a brother and who has this sin.” He is not talking about leaving a place but about being rescued from the power of this world to impress its ideas, manners, ways, customs, and traditions upon us.
But the power against this we have as Christians is clearly demonstrated in the events of Acts chapter 9 where Jesus appears to Saul on the road to Damascus and He asks Saul why he is persecuting Him? Saul as we know was NOT persecuting Jesus but the followers of Jesus.
So because Jesus asked him why he was persecuting Him ( Jesus) we know immediately that whenever any darkness overshadows us as Christians or when anyone is attacking us or when the world view seems to edge its way into our hearts, it is against Jesus and not actually us. So, as a result, we can ask Jesus to take up the fight on our behalf, we can ask Him to give us His strength. We are NEVER alone in any battle if we are born again by the Spirit of God. All the “tough yards” we may go through are a battle Jesus will take up for us.
Have a great week