What did John really mean when he made the statement in 1 John; the whole world lies in the power of the evil one? Does this really mean what is says, does this world really lye in the wicked one, is he truly the god of this world?
To me this statement draws great attention due to the fact that it was written after the book of revelation. John made this statement well after the book of revelation was written. Scholars believe the revelation was written in the year of 96, the date of 1 John is around 100 to 105.
The scriptures only give us glimpses of these hidden realities, which are hidden to our natural faculties, because of the darkness and hardness of our hearts.
The problem is that this world is a deceived humanity; we live in a world of deception, which is governed and manipulated by the rulers of this dark, and ever more evil age.
This world lives and breaths this toxic air of lies and deceit, its in the very atmosphere we breath and live in, which is the covering over the world, It is called the veil of death.
And on this mountain He will destroy the covering that is [cast] over all peoples, And the veil [of death] that is woven and spread over all the nations. Isaiah 25:7
Death rules this world with death, its the force that all in this world answer to. Death is the master, and death is the result.
This world worships the power of death. The apostle John says that all that is in this world, in the end serves their master, who is death.
Do not love or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:15-17
In Adam all by nature are blinded by the god of this age, he is the hidden energizing reality and force behind the natural man of Adams humanity.
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4, 3-4
Paul says that this whole world by nature unknowingly does the will of their god, who is the prince of the powers of this dark evil age of death.
Its all this world truly knows as the children of Adams humanity.
The problem is the children of Adam will not believe these biblical truths, because of the blindness and hardness of their hearts.
This world no matter what religion you may belong to has only one God, he is the God of this age.
No matter who you are, you are under the racial head, of the humanity of Adam.
If one is not born of the spirit of God, then one continues to live by the power of death.
This inheritance that Adam represents, the world inherits through natural birth.
Everything that is true of Adams humanity is now also true of this world. The life of Adam is the source of all human life.
This world can try to dress up the humanity of Adam, but in the end nothing changes, the end of all their ways is death.
This is all that this world knows, this is what this world is born into, there is nothing else; the world is stuck on this ground of such misery turmoil and confusion.
This world has a hard time admitting to themselves that they are really not free, but are slaves to another.
This world is bound to a life of sin and death, which they freely inherited through the fall of Adam, who’s God is the prince of this world.
This world was ruined through the sin of Adam. The fall was so great in Gods mind that the only remedy was to start over, by putting to death one kind and race of humanity, and birthing another kind of race of humanity.
This is the mystery of the cross that God has rejected a race of people in the death of Christ.
This is the main source of all religion, trying to make Adams bankrupt humanity a good moral person acceptable to God. Adam cannot be good, Adam is a servant to sin and death and the devil.
The life of Adam lies in the power of the evil one, this we don’t like to hear. All who are born into this world inherit this union, which is the inheritance through Adam. This is the natural inheritance when all are born into this life. There is nothing else.
But the good news of the gospel is that now there is another place for us besides what we have come into through natural birth. This other ground, which is Christ, is the place were we truly find what we long for, peace, truth, freedom, the great yoke that Adam carries is now lifted off. Its a new kind of a humanity birth out of the death of Adam. Jesus said to come into this new humanity one must be born again.
This is the mystery of the faith! That now we can live in a totally different kind of reality, which is completely other than this world knows.
It’s like living on a different planet than what we presently see and know.
This is the mystery of the gospel, that the world of Adam, and the world of Christ do live side by side in this place called earth.
But we do know that the Adam race and his God were judged at the cross.
We do know that in the end there will only be one kind of humanity left.
These two kinds of humanity are growing together into maturity.
One is maturing into the full expression Adams God, who is death.
The other is maturing into the full expression of the new humanity of Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life.