Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
Wanting the World
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Young people, have you ever looked at Demas?
Grace to you.
Demas was with Paul when he wrote to the Colossians (one of the Prison Epistles). In Paul's letter to Philemon (probably written at or near the same time), Demas is listed with Marcus, Aristarchus, and Lucas (Mark, Aristarchus, and Luke) as fellow laborers of Paul. Pretty good company.
In his last letter, Paul briefly speaks about Demas, saying, "For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia" (2 Timothy 4:10).
Did you notice what he said about Demas? Paul tells Timothy that Demas has forsaken him. He tells Timothy why Demas had forsaken him: "Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this
" The Greek word for world is
from which we get we
get the English word
Paul writes Titus telling him and us, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this
;" (Titus 2:11-12;
Paul uses the same word in his introduction to the Galatians: "Grace
to you and
peace from God the Father, and
our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for
our sins, that he might deliver us from this
according to the will of
God and our Father:" (Galatians 1:3-4; bold added). Paul describes the present world or age as evil.
"Having loved this present world." What a scary epitaph! "Having loved this present world, he hath forsaken . . . ." Young people, the Apostle John tells us that those who walk away from church never really belong to begin with (see 1 John 2:19).