Today’s topic is the earthly nature of man with its passions and desires. The Bible urges us to put to death the deeds of the body.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. (Col 3:5 NIV)
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Rom 8:13)
And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Gal 5:24)
Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and temporary residents in the world, to abstain from the desires of the sinful flesh, which war against your soul. (1 Pet 2:11 EHV)
Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. (1 Cor 6:18)
Why do you think the Scriptures urge us in so many passages of the Bible to:
- Put to death the earthly nature;
- Put to the death the deeds of the body;
- Crucify the flesh;
- Abstain from desires of the sinful flesh; and to
- Flee sexual immortality?
1 Corinthians 6 and 1 Peter 2 state very clearly the reasons why we should obey the Bible:
- Because the desires of the flesh war against our own souls; and
- The one who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.
When we allow the lusts of the flesh to govern our actions, then we sin against our very own bodies. How? Because our bodies have become the temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor 6:19-20) This type of sin is an offense to our temple and the Holy Guest living within it.
We belong to God, and our individual bodies belong to God. We have chosen to follow Jesus of our own, free will; it hasn’t been forced upon us.
The Lord has sealed each believer and given us the Holy Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. (2 Cor 1:22)
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Eph 4:30)
We are urged by the Word of God to live a righteous and holy life by the empowering grace of God. (See Rom 12:1; 1 Pet 1:15-16) Since the Lord has given us His gift of grace, we are enabled to live obedient, holy lives. He has given us victory through Jesus Christ. (1 Cor 15:57) Let us celebrate God’s goodness and mercy!
We are called, as followers of Jesus Christ and children of God to glorify God in our bodies and in our spirits. God bless you!