Attention! What You Sow, You Will Reap

Sunday Morning, September 18, 2016
 
Romans 8:12-13 KJV ~ “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”
 
Believers are in debt (obligated, owe, bound) to the Spirit, not to the flesh.
 
What has the flesh done for man?
  • It is sinful flesh contaminated by sin ~ Romans 8:3
  • It is carnal or fleshly minded ~ Romans 8:5
  • It causes man to die ~ Romans 8:6, 13
  • It is the opposite of life and peace ~ Romans 8:6
  • It has a mind that is at enmity with God ~ Romans 8:7
  • It cannot please God ~ Romans 8:8
 
Knowing this …
  • When we decide on a way of life, follow flesh or Spirit, stop and think of the ALREADY declared consequences.
  • If Adam and Eve had taken seriously the warning of God, they would not have plunged humanity into the catastrophic consequences we now experience.
 
Can a True Believer Live According to the Flesh?
 
1 John 3:9 KJV ~ “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”
 
The total teaching of the New Testament gives a negative answer.
  • This verse is so explicit that there can be nothing to contradict it.
  • A believer cannot claim to have God’s seed in him and live a sinful life.
 
Let’s look closer at the word “mortify”
  • In the Greek and this context (verse 13) it means to subdue evil desires.
  • This spiritual warfare is a constant process in the life of true believers.
 
We are told in Scriptures we must have a part in the Process of Sanctification.
  • In Romans 12:1,2 we are told to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, not to be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
  • In 1 Corinthians 6:13, we are told that the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
  • In 1 Corinthians 9:24, 25 we are told that we must be temperate and exercise self-control in all things.
  • In 2 Corinthians 6:14, we are told not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers.
  • In 2 Corinthians 7:1, we are told to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting or achieving holiness in the fear of God.
 
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
{pastorandy@cvcog.church}

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