Sunday, December 23, 2012

Fleshly Lusts

Why does the new testament make lists of fleshly lusts/works?
If we are in the Spirit we will see them and be repulsed.  Once we begin to walk in the flesh our spiritual acumen dulls and we loose a measure of our sensibility to sinGod puts warning signs up for us for us in those lists that say "You should not be here!"   

Galatians 5.17-22
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: 
  • adultery,  
  • fornication, 
  • uncleanness, 
  • lewdness,  
  • idolatry, 
  • sorcery, 
  • hatred, 
  • contentions, 
  • jealousies, 
  • outbursts of wrath, 
  • selfish ambitions, 
  • dissensions, 
  • heresies,  
  • envy, 
  • murders,  
  • drunkenness, 
  • revelries, 
and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Ephesians 4.17-19
17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to 
  • lewdness, 
  • to work all uncleanness with 
  • greediness.
  • (25) lying
  • (26) steal
  • (29) corrupt word
  • (32) bitterness,
  • wrath, 
  • anger,
  • clamor,
  • and evil speaking
  • malice  
Ephesians 5.3-5
  • 3 But fornication and 
  • all uncleanness or 
  • covetousness, 
let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither 
  • filthiness, nor 
  • foolish talking, nor 
  • coarse jesting, 
which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 
Colossians 3.5
5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: 
  • fornication, 
  • uncleanness, 
  • passion, 
  • evil desire, and 
  • covetousness, which is idolatry.    
Colossians 3.8-9
But now you yourselves are to put off all these: 
  • anger, 
  • wrath, 
  • malice, 
  • blasphemy, 
  • filthy language out of your mouth.  
  • Do not lie to one another, 
since you have put off the old man with his deeds,