Wednesday Evening, February 10, 1016

Fruits of the Flesh and Spirit

Galatians 5:19-26 ~ “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Flesh: The works or acts of the flesh show just how strong the flesh is.
PLEASE NOTE: The flesh itself in NOT sinful.
Also notice that we as Christians are not told to cleanse ourselves from the flesh, but …
  • “the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16)
  • “the filthiness of the flesh.” (2 Corinthians 7:1)
  • “the works of the flesh.” (Romans 13:12; Galatians 5:19)
The works of the flesh are the fruit of indwelling sin, and sin originates in the heart and not in the flesh.
Works of the Flesh:
  • Adultery
  • Matthew 5:28, Exodus 20:14, Job 24:15-19
  • Sexual unfaithfulness to husband or wife.
  • Fornication
  • 1 Corinthians 6:18, Ephesians 5:3, Colossians 3:5, 1 Thessalonians 4:3
  • A broad word including all forms of immoral acts.
  • Uncleanness
  • Matthew 5:28, Romans 1:24, Romans 6:19, Ephesians 5:3, Colossians 3:5
  • Moral impurity; doing things that dirty, pollute and coil life.
  • Lasciviousness
  • Romans 1:27, Ephesians 4:19, Jude 4 & 7, 1  Peter 4:3
  • Filthiness, Indecency, Shamelessness
  • Idolatry
  • 1 Corinthians 10:14, Ephesians 5:5, Colossians 3:5-6, Revelation 21:8, 22:15
  • Worship of Idols; Worship of some idea of what God is like; Giving of one’s primary devotion to something
  • Witchcraft
  • 1 Corinthians 10:13, Isaiah 8:19-20, Micah 5:12
  • Sorcery; Seeking the control of one’s fate including astrology, palm reading, seances, etc.
  • Hatred
  • 1 John 2:9, 3:15, 4:20, Leviticus 19:17, Proverbs 10:12
  • Enmity, Hostility, Animosity
  • Variance
  • 1 Timothy 6:4, 2 Timothy 2:14, Proverbs 17:14, 26:21
  • Strife, Discord, Contention, fighting, Struggling, Quarreling, Wrangling
  • Emulations
  • Genesis 37:4, Proverbs 6:34, Luke 15:29-30
  • Jealousy: maybe material things, recognition, honor or position.
  • Wrath
  • James 1:19-20, Proverbs 29:22
  • Bursts of Anger, Indignation
Will be adding to this outline for the next few Wednesday Evening Services.
Pastor Andy Lambert
{pastorandy@cvcog.church}

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