by Travis Bryan III
V4. Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from THIS PRESENT EVIL WORLD according to the will of God and our Father:
We will be writing and speaking on passages from the book of Galatians in coming weeks. Above is the first verse to be considered. Galatians, more than any other book, is the message of the cross.
“This present evil world” which the Christian is delivered from (v4) contains the word “evil.” This word in the Greek is “poneros.” Poneros is not a passive form of evil. It refers to an active evil. Through the cross, we are delivered or rescued from this actively evil world or evil age. Gal 6:14. This means we are separated from this world’s influence. We die to the world through the cross.
In chapter 6 of Galatians we are told more about this actively evil world. “This present evil world” refers to an evil religious world because Gal 6:14-16 makes “circumcision” a key part of the world to which we are crucified through the cross. We are separated from the active evil of this world and delivered into a new creation or new world “rule” or “order” through the cross. Gal 6:14-16.
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the WORLD is crucified unto me, and I unto the WORLD. FOR in Christ Jesus neither CIRCUMCISION availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, mercy, and upon the Israel of God. Gal 6:14-16. Here we see that circumcision, the leading rule of the Jewish religion (Gal 5:1-4), is identified with the actively evil WORLD to which we need to be crucified (separated from the influence of). So, “this present evil WORLD” equals “CIRCUMCISION” which equals the Jewish religion. We must conclude that, in Paul’s mind and gospel, the poneros world was the Jewish religious world.
The primary book about the cross is Galatians, the story of Christ vs Religion, Grace vs Law, and reality vs ritual.
Christ died to remove, rescue and deliver us from the active religious evil of the world, the Jewish religion based on the law of Moses. The Law was crucified with Christ (Col 2:14) and through His death we are removed from the curse of the law based on the actively evil Jewish religion. Rom 7:6; Gal 3
13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
Gal 1:13 is a verse where Paul demonstrates to us one way the religion of the Jews was actively evil. Jesus and Paul both become opposed to the religion they grew up with.
The book of Galatians is Christ vs Religion.