SINS OF THE FLESH

GALATIANS 5:19-21

Today we continue our deep dive into the sins of the flesh and their meanings. This passage is critical for the believer’s walk in either the Age of Grace or the End Times.  The lessons being taught need to be diligently followed by the believer.

VICTORY OVER THE FLESH:

Paul begins to deal with the practical day to day affairs of the believer.  He points to six subjects by bunching all six together.  A simple title would be “The Believer’s Life and Walk: Free and Spiritual.”

  1. The Believer’s Great Law of life: Love (Galatians 5:13-15)
  2. A Walk Combating the Great Enemy in Life: The Lusts of The Flesh (5:16-21)
  3. A Walk Bearing God’s Nature: The Fruit of The Spirit (Galatians 5:22-26)
  4. A Walk Restoring The Man Who Slips (Galatians 6:1-5)
  5. A Walk Doing Good to One’s Teacher (Galatians 6:6-20)
  6. A Walk Boasting in The Cross of Christ (6:11-18)

Now let’s continue our deep dive into the Lusts of The Flesh: which is the word “fornication” and its meanings.  As we get started let’s review some important principles.  Previously we saw the answer to conquering the lusts of the flesh is the Holy Spirit.  The believer is to WALK [LIVE] in the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit.  It is the ONLY conceivable way that the Christian can keep from fulfilling the lusts of the flesh.

FACT:  No person has the power by himself to control the lusts of the flesh.  We also saw four reasons given by the Scriptures:

  1. The flesh wants dominance.
  2. The flesh is contrary to the Spirit.
  3. The flesh keeps a person from doing what he would.
  4. The flesh fails to keep the law.

NOTE:  We believe that the study of Galatians 5:19-21 is very appropriate for the Age of Grace, that is now, but also for the end time.  Why?  Because Satan will be very active in the end time, much like he is today during the Age of Grace.  We also praise God for giving us the Holy Spirit for our teacher and He gives us His Word [the Bible] for providing a clear matter of protection that is needed for the Christian in any age (Ephesians 6:10-18).

Jesus made it abundantly clear that the Christian living in any age, to be effective, must be “strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” (Ephesians 6:10).   In other words, do not attempt to defeat your enemies in your own strength and power.  A Christian must depend upon God for successful Christian living.  Why?  The Apostle Paul gives us some insight.

  • We can do all things, but only through Christ who strengthens the Christian (Philippians 4:13).
  • Also, by FAITH we must believe that God shall supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
  • Obedience requires that the true Christian live as God directs: “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17).

This week in our study of (Galatians 5:19-21) we are picking up with the word of “uncleanness” and its meaning.  This means moral impurity; doing things that dirty, pollute, and soil life.

3. UNCLEANNESS (akatharsia): means moral impurity; doing things that dirty, pollute, and soil life.

“But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matthew 5:28).

“Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness” (Ephesians 4:19).

“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves” (Romans 1:24).

“I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness” (Romans 6:19)).

“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints” (Ephesians 5:3).

“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, covetousness, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5).

4. Lasciviousness (aselgeia): filthiness, indecency,  shamelessness.   A chief characteristic of behavior is open and shameless indecency.

  • It means unrestrained evil thoughts and behavior.
  • It is giving in to brutish and lustful desires, a readiness for any pleasure.
  • It is a person who knows no restraint, a person who has sinned so much that they no longer care what people say or think.
  • It is something far more distasteful than just doing wrong.

The person who misbehaves usually tries to hide their wrongdoing, but a lascivious person does not care who knows about their exploits for shame.  Their wants, therefore, they seek to take and gratify.  Decency and opinion do not matter.

The lascivious person, initially when they began to sin, did as all people do, they misbehaved in secret.  But eventually, the sin gets the best of them — to the point they no longer care who sees or knows.  They become the subject of a master — the master of habit, of the thing itself.

NOTE:  People become slaves of such things as unbridled lust, wantonness, licentiousness (undisciplined), outrageousness, shamelessness, insolence (Mark 7:21-23), wanton manners, filthy words, indecent body movements, immoral handling of males and females (Romans 13:13), public display of affection, carnality, gluttony, and sexual immorality (I Peter 4:3; 2 Peter 2:2, 18; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 4:19; 2 Peter 2:7).

“And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, receiving in themselves that the recompence of their error which was meet” (Romans 1:27).

“Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness” (Ephesians 4:19). 

“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into LASCIVIOUSNESS, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ…Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire” (Jude 4, 7).

“For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in LASCIVIOUSNESS, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries” (I Peter 4:3). 

5. Idolatry (eidololatreia): Worship of idols, whether mental or made by man’s hands, is the worship of some idea of what God is like. It is an image of God within a person’s mind, the giving of one’s primary devotion (time and energy) to something other than God.

“Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry” (I Corinthians 10:14).

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry…they which do such things SHALL NOT inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21).

“For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God” (Ephesians 5:5).

“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: for which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience” (Colossians 3:5-6).

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all LIARS, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).

“For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie” (Revelation 22:15).  

6. Witchcraft (pharmakeia): sorcery; the use of drugs or of evil spirits to gain control over the lives of others, palm reading, seances, fortune telling, crystals, and other forms of  witchcraft.

“So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire of it” (I Chronicles 10:13).

“And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God?  For the living to the dead?  To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:19-20).

“And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers” (Micah 5:12).

‘Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, 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” (Galatians 5:20-21).

7. Hatred (echthrai): enmity, hostility, animosity. It is the hatred that lingers and is held for a long, long time; a hatred that is deep within the soul.

“He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now” (I John 2:9).

“Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him” (I John 3:15).

“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” (I John 4:20).

“Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him” (Leviticus 19:17).

“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins” (Proverbs 10:12).

8. Variance (ereis): strife, discord, contention, fighting, struggling, quarreling, dissension, wrangling.  It means that a man fights against another person or a church or a group in order to get something: position, promotion, property, honor, recognition.  He deceives, doing whatever has to be done to get what he is after.

“He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings” (I Timothy 6:4).

“Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers” (2 Timothy 2:14).

“The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with” (Proverbs 17:14).

“As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife” (Proverbs 26:21).

9. Emulations (zeloi): Jealousy, wanting and desiring to have what someone else has. It may be material things, recognition, honor, or position. 

“And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him” (Genesis 37:4).

“For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance” (Proverbs 6:34).

“And he [the elder son] answering said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends; but as soon as this thy son [the prodigal son] was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf'” (Luke 15:29-30).

FACT:  God has told us to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith, “Examine your selves, whether ye be in the faith [in other words, saved]; prove your own selves.  Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5).

The good question is:  Have you complied with God’s desire to have you examine your own selves?  In other words, have you truly ever accepted God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?  In reference to this question please read: John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13, the road to heaven). 

To ask it another way, “what is your life’s road?” Read Matthew 7:13-14.  Which gate have you gone through?  It will be either the “strait gate” or the narrow gate.  It is one or the other.  Note what God says:

  1. The strait gate, which is wide and broad is the way the that leadeth to destruction [in other words hell] and God says that many go in thereat. 
  2. Or there is the narrow gate (v. 14); it is the way which leadeth unto life [in other words, eternal life, John 3:16). But note that God says there are few that find it [eternal life].

Good Question:  “Have you found eternal life IN the Lord Jesus Christ, by following the road to heaven (Romans 10:9-13)?

 Or are you traveling the broad road that leads to hell?

 It’s your choice which gate you enter and the road you travel to either heaven or hell.

We’d love to hear of your choice. We welcome comments and questions at 931-707-2728 or openbibleminisriestn@gmail.com.

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