100 Bible Verses about Not Of This World

Romans 12:2 ESV / 292 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

John 15:19 ESV / 285 helpful votes

If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

John 18:36 ESV / 241 helpful votes

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”

1 John 2:15 ESV / 208 helpful votes

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

John 17:14 ESV / 160 helpful votes

I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

Colossians 3:2 ESV / 140 helpful votes

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

John 17:16 ESV / 123 helpful votes

They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

John 8:23 ESV / 103 helpful votes

He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

1 John 2:15-17 ESV / 96 helpful votes

Do not love the world 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 desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

James 4:4 ESV / 85 helpful votes

You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Philippians 3:20-21 ESV / 77 helpful votes

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

Ephesians 6:12 ESV / 77 helpful votes

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

1 John 5:19 ESV / 61 helpful votes

We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

John 3:16 ESV / 46 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

1 John 2:17 ESV / 44 helpful votes

And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

John 15:18-19 ESV / 44 helpful votes

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 41 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Matthew 7:16-20 ESV / 41 helpful votes

You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

Revelation 21:1-27 ESV / 39 helpful votes

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” ...

Philippians 3:20 ESV / 37 helpful votes

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

1 John 4:5 ESV / 36 helpful votes

They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them.

James 1:27 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Matthew 6:24 ESV / 36 helpful votes

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

1 John 2:16 ESV / 31 helpful votes

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.

2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV / 30 helpful votes

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

1 John 3:13 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.

1 Peter 2:11 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

Colossians 2:8 ESV / 28 helpful votes

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

John 15:18-21 ESV / 26 helpful votes

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.

Ephesians 5:11 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

John 17:15 ESV / 25 helpful votes

I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.

2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

John 16:33 ESV / 22 helpful votes

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 8:12 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

1 John 2:15-16 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Do not love the world 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 desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.

John 14:27 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 12:46 ESV / 21 helpful votes

I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.

Matthew 16:26 ESV / 21 helpful votes

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

1 John 4:4 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

John 16:11 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

John 14:30 ESV / 19 helpful votes

I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me,

Proverbs 23:17 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day.

2 Peter 1:4 ESV / 18 helpful votes

By which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

Matthew 7:13 ESV / 18 helpful votes

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.

Titus 2:11-12 ESV / 17 helpful votes

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

John 18:37 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

John 12:31 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.

Luke 1:35 ESV / 17 helpful votes

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.

1 John 2:2 ESV / 16 helpful votes

He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Hebrews 13:5 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

1 John 5:4 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

1 Corinthians 3:19 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,”

Romans 14:1-23 ESV / 15 helpful votes

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. ...

Romans 1:20 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Matthew 11:11 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 14 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

1 John 4:1 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

1 John 1:7 ESV / 14 helpful votes

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

1 Timothy 6:7-8 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

Ephesians 2:19-21 ESV / 14 helpful votes

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.

Mark 8:36 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

Luke 1:37 ESV / 13 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Mark 16:15 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

Matthew 6:19 ESV / 13 helpful votes

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,

1 John 3:1 ESV / 12 helpful votes

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

1 Peter 4:3 ESV / 12 helpful votes

For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.

1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

1 Corinthians 3:18 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.

Matthew 13:22 ESV / 12 helpful votes

As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.

1 John 5:5 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

1 Peter 5:8 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

John 1:11 ESV / 11 helpful votes

He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.

Isaiah 45:1 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed:

Psalm 31:19 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!

Hebrews 13:14 ESV / 10 helpful votes

For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.

2 Corinthians 10:3 ESV / 10 helpful votes

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.

1 Corinthians 1:28-29 ESV / 10 helpful votes

God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

1 Peter 2:9 ESV / 9 helpful votes

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Ephesians 2:2 ESV / 9 helpful votes

In which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—

John 13:18 ESV / 9 helpful votes

I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’

Luke 19:10 ESV / 9 helpful votes

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Daniel 7:13 ESV / 9 helpful votes

“I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 9 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ...

Colossians 1:13 ESV / 8 helpful votes

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,

John 17:18 ESV / 8 helpful votes

As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.

John 17:17 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

John 17:14-16 ESV / 8 helpful votes

I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

Matthew 1:18 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.

Genesis 25:18 ESV / 8 helpful votes

They settled from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria. He settled over against all his kinsmen.

2 Peter 3:9 ESV / 7 helpful votes

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Hebrews 13:13-14 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.

Titus 2:12 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

1 Timothy 6:10 ESV / 7 helpful votes

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

John 7:7 ESV / 7 helpful votes

The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Matthew 21:22 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Matthew 17:11-13 ESV / 7 helpful votes

He answered, “Elijah does come, and he will restore all things. But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man will certainly suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.

Isaiah 29:12 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And when they give the book to one who cannot read, saying, “Read this,” he says, “I cannot read.”

Exodus 20:25 ESV / 7 helpful votes

If you make me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stones, for if you wield your tool on it you profane it.

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