I just need a little help “rightly dividing” these two concepts that are in Scriptures. Why did Jesus tell us to make friends of the mammon OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS but we are informed that friendship with the world is enmity with God
The word “of” in KJV, is better translated as “by” or “through”.
Luk 16:9 NKJV “And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by (G1537) unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home.
Gal 3:8 NKJV And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by (G1537) faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.”
2Co 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by (G1537) the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.
We are not supposed to make friends “of” unrighteous mammon, but rather “by” or “through” unrighteous mammon that is entrusted to us. Unrighteous mammon is physical riches as opposes to the true manna, being spiritual riches. If you go back and read the parable of Luke 16:1-9, it is all about forgiving of debts. He was commend for being wise.
Luk 16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
Everything that we have in this life is the Lord’s. We are first an unjust steward and waste our goods in this life, sowing them to the flesh rather than the spirit, and not showing mercy to others.
Luk 16:1 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.
So how do we become a good steward and make friends with our unrighteous mammon?
Luk 16:4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
Luk 16:5 So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?
Luk 16:6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.
We forgive. We show mercy. By being wise with our unrighteous mammon, we will make friends of the world. Jesus fed the masses loaves and fish and healed their physical infirmities. If we love our neighbor and our enemy, our light will shine and the Lord may use that to help them see Christ within us. Then when we have trials in this life, they will now be the body of Christ and will receive us into aionios (age lasting) habitations.
Ecc 11:1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.
To be a good steward, our focus is to save others, not hoard money and be covetous like the pharisees.
1Co 9:22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
1Co 9:23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
Luk 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
Let me know if this answers your question,