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Lecture 10, He Has Overcome the World:

The Bible uses the term “world” in several different ways. For instance, “world” often refers to the people who inhabit the world, such as in John 3:16. It can also refer, as in Acts 17:34, to the physical world that God created. However, other prominent New Testament references to “the world” do not describe people or the earth, but pervasive attitudes, structures, and inclinations that are opposed to God. This is what the apostles had in mind when they urged believers not to conform to “the pattern of this world” (Romans 12:2) and warned that “friendship with the world is enmity with God” (James 4:4). Although Jesus warned his disciples that the world would hate and oppose them, He also offered them the great comfort in John 16:33 that He has overcome the world.