3Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,4who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
1 John 5:1, 4
1Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.
4for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
It was the desire of the Father that you and I be delivered from ”this present evil age”. Jesus made this possible through His redeeming work on the cross. We have been set free from the control of ”this present evil age”.
This age (Greek ‘aion’ meaning ” a period of time”) refers to this present period of time during which satan is operating as the ”god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4). The word translated ‘rescue’ comes from the Greek word ‘exaireo’ which according to Vine’s Dictionary means ”to take out for oneself”.
The Father had a special interest and great pleasure in taking us out of this present evil age for Himself. Since we are delivered from this present evil age we no longer need to be subject to the works and influence of the god o this age. Taking this a step further, the Scriptures declare that every believer overcomes the world.
The world (Greek ‘kosmos’) refers to the ”order” or ”system” we find around us. It refers to the system of evil and rebellion that pervades societies, cultures and nations, setting people and circumstances up against the purposes of God. A believer does not need to live in subjection to the system of evil and rebellion that influences and dominates the world around her/him.
The Scriptures teach us that we ”… may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Peter 1:4). A believer is free from the evil that dominates this present age, and can walk in victory over the system of evil and rebellion in the world. This is possible through Christ’s redeeming work.