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Biblical Victory Over Sin, You Can Have It?
Many (most) TRUE Christians are in a constant struggle to live for Jesus Christ. They are torn between their honest desire to serve and honor their Lord and Master, and the inner havoc of fleshly lusts and the seduction of worldly pleasures and treasures.
Romans 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. (KJV) . . .
The law then is good. The trouble is not the law but me, because I am a slave, for sin (Satan) as my master.
Romans 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. (KJV) . . .
I don't understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don't do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate.
Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (KJV)
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth . . . since TRUE believers are dead to sin (Rom.6:2,11; 1 Pet.2:24), and dead to the world, and are to appear with Christ in the glory of His Kingdom, they must cast off every carnal and evil tendency of their nature. The word mortify means, to put to death (Rom.8:13; Gal.5:24), and the meaning here is, that the Colossians were to completely subdue (bring under control) their evil tendencies, they were not to indulge in them at all. The word "members" here refers to the different members of the body . . . as the seat of evil desires and passions (Rom.6:13). Paul tells them they were to totally exterminate those evil passions which Paul specifies as having their seat in the various members of the earthly body. Mortify: (Rom.8:13; Gal.5:24; Eph.5:3-6).
Fornication . . . (Rom.2:29).
Uncleanness . . . (Rom.11:24).
Inordinate affection . . . called vile affections in (Rom.1:26), and in (1 Thes.4:5) it is called lust, which is its meaning here. Inordinate affection is unnatural passion.
Evil concupiscence . . . concupiscence is a strong desire such as sexual lust. It is evil desires and licentious (lustful, immoral) passions (Rom.1:24).
And covetousness, which is idolatry . . . it is amazing that the apostle always ranks covetousness with these corrupt and detestable passions. The meaning here is: #1. covetousness is a low and debasing passion, like those which Paul had indicated; and #2. covetousness secures the affections which properly belong to God, and is therefore idolatry. Of all corrupt and immoral passions, this one is the one that dethrones God from your soul most often. See this more fully explained in Ephesians chapter 5. http://www.godcannotlie.org/eph_ch5.htm
Colossians 3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: (KJV)
For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience . . . see Ephesians 5:6, where the same expression occurs. The wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience . . . men are NOT lost simply because they do these things, neither are they lost because they have not heard of Christ. Men are lost because they are sinners, willing sinners in their hearts. And since the heart is where all that we do or say begins (Mk.7:21), and because they are sinners, they do these immoral and wicked things.
Colossians 3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. (KJV)
In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them . . . they still lived among such disobedient ones . . . but now they were believers in Jesus. They (and we), also walked some time . . . had before practiced and continued in sin (1 Jn.3:9); and had not only been infected with the poison of them, but lived in them, were servants to them (Rom.6:17,19), while they were in their old course of life, were carried away with them (1 Cor.12:2). Before their conversion (and ours), sin did live and reign in their mortal bodies (Col.1:21; 1 Cor.6:11; Eph.2:3,11; 5:8).
Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. (KJV)
But now ye also put off all these . . . Paul had reminded them of their former condition under paganism in a state of sin, when they served many carnal lusts. Paul says that their present life in Christ is a state of grace, showing them that, now they must walk as children of light (Rom.13:12; Eph.5:8; 1 Thes.5:5,8). They were to cast aside those inordinate affections. He means having a malicious appetite to hurt another unfairly for some insult given by him.
Anger . . . (Mat.5:22; Eph.4:31)
Wrath . . . (Rom.9:22; Eph.2:3); indignation (Rom.2:8), a sudden, hasty and vehement commotion of the offended mind apprehending an injury, revealing itself in a manner very unbecoming a Christian, as in them who with rage thrust Christ out of the city (Lk.4:28-29).
Malice . . . meaning to willfully plan to harm, and then the vicious act of the plan. Malice is a horrible poison which runs through all the passions of the soul, reaching to all sins (1 Cor.5:8; Eph.4:31; Tit.3:3; 1 Pet.2:1).
Blasphemy . . . is contempt, disrespect, irreverence, sacrilege of God and His Word and His people (Rev.13:1,5; 16:11,21).
Filthy communication out of your mouth . . . back stabbing, cursing, dirty jokes, false witness, gossiping, dishonest talk, obscene speech, and should NOT come into the Christian's mouth (Col.4:6; Eph.4:29; 5:4; 1 Cor.15:33). NO wanton, lewd or unclean speech of any kind should proceed from a Christian's tongue (1 Cor.15:33).
Sins that should NOT come from Christians:
1. Anger . . . (Col.3:8; Eph.4:26)
2. Wrath . . . (Col.3:8), See 17 Works of the Flesh, below.
3. Malice . . . (Col.3:8; Eph.4:31)
4. Blasphemy . . . (Col.3:8; Mat.12:31)
5. Filthy communication . . . only here (Col.3:8), but see (Eph.4:29; 5:4).
6. Lying . . . (Col.3:9; Eph.4:25)
7. The old man . . . (Col.3:9; 2 Cor.5:17)
Christians fail repeatedly, then repent sorrowfully and wonder over their inability to live as they know they should . . . but seemingly cannot! Do you fit in this group? I certainly do, just as the apostle Paul. I know exactly how he felt when he wrote those words! For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
Many Christians are no better off with Paul’s list of “do’s” that follow:
Colossians 3:12-25 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:
23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. (KJV)
Is it really possible to be sweet, kind, humble, loving and forgiving all the time? I again, fall short. My love for Jesus is deeply imbedded, and my spirit is willing, but the flesh (the old man; Rom.6:6; Eph.4:22; Col.3:9) proves to be painfully weak. So, HOW can we live up to the high standards the Bible sets for Christian living? Is there some hidden secret to victory over sin that we are overlooking?
Mortify (Col.3:5) and put on (Col.3:12), seems only to increase the puzzle and our sense of failure. Is it really possible to “put to death” ungodly desires? Is it really possible to shed our body of evil, and be clothed in a resurrection body of godliness? Paul was led by the Holy Spirit, so he certainly is not teasing us with goals that cannot be achieved. Was he himself, not an example of this kind of life, and did he not tell us more than once, “Be ye followers of me even as I also am of Christ” (1 Cor:4:16; 11:1).
SO . . . WHY do we fail? Where does the yearning and the strength to accomplish what is so desirable come from, and why does it seem so impossible to do?
Col. 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (KJV)
Col. 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; (KJV)
There is a common failure to recognize the importance of one little phrase that occurs in both verses 5 and 12. It holds the answer to our problem. Paul does NOT say, “Mortify your members” and “Put on...bowels of mercies, kindness....” That would be a “do-it-yourself” religion of struggling to live up to high moral standards. That would be the same as an atheist or Buddhist trying to do the same. That is NOT Christianity!
IF we are truly risen with Christ, this will be revealed in two areas of our lives: #1. our personal holiness, and #2. our fellowship with others who are around us.
Many Christians seem to be afraid of this matter of holiness . . . BUT . . . IF people were half as much afraid of sin as they are of holiness, things would change drastically. People just do NOT like this term holiness. But, it is a very good word, and that is what Paul will be talking about here . . . our personal holiness.
Christ was born as a little Baby in Bethlehem, but He is NOT there anymore! And my dear friend, Christ Jesus is NOT a tiny Baby anymore, like the Catholics picture Him! Jesus is NOT a Baby in that inn anymore! He is up in the third Heaven (2 Cor.12:2), at God's right hand at this very moment. He is on His throne, NOT in a cradle at that inn but in Heaven! WHY is He there? He is there for you and me (1 Jn.2:1). IF you are in Christ, IF you have accepted Him as your Saviour, then that will reveal itself in your life here on Earth . . . and IF it does NOT show in your life down here, then very likely you are not in Him up there! Right Hand of God: (Mk.16:19; Lk.22:69; Acts 2:33; 7:55-56; Rom.8:34; Col.3:1; Heb.10:12; 12:2; 1 Pet.3:22).
Holy, holiness . . . what is it? What does it mean for us to be holy?
When God told Israel to be holy in Leviticus 11 & 19, He was instructing them to be distinct (separate) from the other nations by giving them specific regulations to govern their lives. Israel is God's chosen nation and God has set them apart from all other people groups. They are His special people, and so they were given standards that God wanted them to live by so the world would know they belonged to Him.
When Peter repeats the Lord's words in: 1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (KJV) . . . He is talking specifically to believers. As believers, we need to be "set apart" from the world unto the Lord. We need to be living by God's standards, not the world's standards. God is NOT calling us to be perfect, but to be separate from the world.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: (KJV) . . . Peter describes believers as "a holy nation." TRUE believers are separated from the world; we need to live out that reality in our day-to-day lives, which Peter tells us how to do in the following Scriptures,
1 Peter 1:13-16 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (KJV)
So . . . HOW can we become holy? Holiness results only from a right relationship with God by believing in Jesus Christ as Saviour (accepting His gift of eternal life Eph.2:8; Rom.6:23). If we have not placed our faith in God's Son, Jesus alone, to save us from our sins, our pursuit of holiness is utterly in vain (Jn.14:6; Acts.4:12). SO, we must first make sure we are born-again (Jn.1:12-13; 3:3-8). If we are TRUE believers, then we are acquainted with our position in Christ and that position automatically sets us apart from the world (1 Pet.2:9). In this amazing position, we have a personal relationship with the living God! THEN, we must live a daily, set-apart life, never blending in with the world . . . but are determined to live according to God's Word as we study and grow in it daily. Holy: (Eph.1:4; 3:5; 5:27; 1 Thes.5:27; 1 Pet.1:15-16; 2:5,9; 3:5; 2 Pet.1:21).
Back to: Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (KJV) . . . Since TRUE believers are dead to sin (Rom.6:2,11; 1 Pet.2:24), and dead to the world, and shall appear with Christ in the glory of His Kingdom, we must cast off every carnal and evil tendency of their nature. The word mortify means, to put to death (Rom.8:13; Gal.5:24), and the meaning here is, that the Colossians (and us), were to completely subdue (bring under control) their evil tendencies, they were not to indulge in them at all. Mortify: (Rom.8:13; Gal.5:24; Eph.5:3-6).
The mortifying of the old deeds and the putting on of the new is possible only because, as the previous verses declare: Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and...your life is hid with Christ in God (Col:3:2-3).
This does NOT refer to the followers of Buddha, Muhammad, Krishna, etc. Christianity is unique and separated from all other religions. Faith in and acceptance of Christ Jesus is the secret of the Christian life.
SO . . . why doesn’t every Christian experience this power in their daily lives? Sad to say, many who call themselves ‘Christians’ have a very shallow understanding of the Gospel they claim to have embraced: 1 Cor. 15:3-4 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (KJV)
For many who believe that Christ died for their sins, this factual event is more spiritual than historical. The horrible death on the Cross is something that TRULY happened to Christ but has only an imaginary rather than hands-on connection to them. They simply have a faulty understanding of what Christ’s death means, and they really are not TRUE Christians at all. It seems that they imagine that the death of Christ in their place delivered them from their deserved eternal punishment in Hell, so that they could live as they pleased. They have never wanted what Paul so greatly rejoiced in: Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (KJV)
What is a TRUE Christian:
For the apostle Paul, the cross at Calvary was NOT just an ordinary religious symbol. It was the place where he himself had died to sin and had began to experience the very life of Christ being lived in him. He knew that only Christ Jesus gives resurrection life; therefore only those who have died to sin can experience it. With deep gratitude, Paul realized that Christ had actually taken his place before a righteous, holy God . . . and that God the Father had put Christ Jesus to death as full payment for Paul’s sins. Because of this, Paul was a dead man. Jesus’ death in Paul’s place was literally his own death, and he rejoiced in that fact. If Paul (and we) was to experience life after death, it must be the resurrected Christ living in him.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (KJV) . . . I dearly love this verse! What tremendous comfort and hope!
Verily verily, I say unto you . . . any time that Jesus speaks these words, it is very wise to pay close attention, because it is VERY important! Jesus is the Amen, the true and faithful witness (Rev.3:14).
He that heareth my word . . . this means the Gospel! To hear, in this place, this does NOT mean just the act of hearing, BUT . . . to receive it in a proper manner; to allow it to make its proper impression on the mind and heart. It means to obey. The word hear is often used in this way (Mat.11:15; Jn.8:47; Acts 3:23). Millions outwardly HEAR the Gospel, but they neither understand it NOR obey it, because they have NO desire to do so.
And believeth on him that sent me . . . the Father, in the plan of redemption, is represented as sending His Son to save mankind (Jn.3:17). Faith in God, Who sent His Son, is here represented as being connected with everlasting life. BUT . . . there can be NO faith in the Father Who sent His Son, without having faith in Him Who is sent. The belief of one of the true doctrines of religion is connected with, and will lead to, the belief of all. Consider the following Passage:
1 John 5:10-13 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (KJV) . . . Do NOT call God a "liar'! BIG mistake!
Hath everlasting life . . . the state of man by nature is represented as death in sin (Eph.2:1). Faith in Jesus is the opposite of this . . . it is LIFE . . . everlasting life! HATH = have it NOW! When a person is converted, it is said that he HAS everlasting life; NOT just shall have, but is already in possession of that life or happiness which shall never end. It is our new life begun, for we have already entered into our inheritance (1 Pet.1:4-5), which is everlasting.
Inheritance: (1 Pet.1:4-5; 3:9; Mat.25:34; Acts 20:32; 26:18; Gal.3:18;m Eph.1:11,14,18; Col.1:12; Heb.9:15).
Incorruptible: (1 Cor.9:25; 15:52-54). Undefiled: (Rev.21:27) Fadeth not away: (1 Pet.5:4; Isa.40:7-8; Eze.47:12; Jam.1:11) Reserved: (ps.31:19; Col.1:5; 3:3-4; 2 Tim.4:8).
HATH eternal life: (Jn.5:24; 3:16-18,36; 6:40,47; 8:51; 11:26; 12:44; 20:31; Mk.16:16; Rom.10:11-13; 1 Pet.1:21; 1 Jn.5:10-13).
NO condemnation: (Jn.3:17-18; 10:27-30; Rom.8:1,16-17, 28-30, 33-34; 1 Thes.5:9; 2 Thes.2:13-14; 1 Pet.1:5).
The dead are not affected by the cares and pleasures of the world. They hear neither the voice of merriment nor the footsteps of the living over their graves. So too, it is with sinners. They are unmoved with the things of faith. They do NOT hear the voice of God; they do NOT see His loveliness; they are NOT concerned with His threats. But belief in Jesus IS life. The TRUE Christian lives with God, knows and acts as if there is a God. The blessings here today, and in the hereafter, are one and the same. The happiness of Heaven is living unto God . . . feeling His Presence ever so near. There really IS a God! http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_is_there_really%20a%20god.html
And shall not come into condemnation . . . neither for original sin, although judgment has passed upon all men unto condemnation for it; nor for actual sins and transgressions: although everyone deserves to be condemned. NO one who is in Christ Jesus, believing in Him openly and clearly shall ever come into condemnation (sentenced to Hell). When he shall stand in judgment, he shall be acquitted by the righteousness of Christ, which he, by faith, receives as his justifying righteousness (Rom.5:1; 1 Cor.1:30). Our faith in Christ is our security against all condemnation! Whosoever believes in Him shall NOT be condemned, but saved; and though he may come into judgment, condemnation to Hell will not happen!
But is passed from death unto life . . . we pass over from a state of spiritual death to the life of God's child. We ALL are dead in trespasses and sins and from under a sentence of condemnation, and eternal death. Only our faith in Christ Jesus can change this situation.
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (KJV)
Only our faith in Jesus and the grace of God saves us. Eph.2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV)
Only the righteousness of Christ, applied to us by our faith, justifies us. 1 Cor.1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (KJV) . . . Our "righteousnesses" are as "filthy rags" (Isa.64:6).
Jesus is the ONLY Way to Heaven! John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV) Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV) . . . SO many people today simply do NOT believe this! They just do NOT believe God. They call God a "liar." 1 John 5:10-12 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (KJV)
My friend . . . JESUS IS ETERNAL LIFE!!! 1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. (KJV)
Only Jesus can give us eternal life and secure us from the second death which is Hell! (Rev.2:11; 20:6,14-15; 21:8).
Spiritual death? What is it? See our booklet: Death, Then What?. . . http://www.hisservants.org/death_then_what_1.htm
1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. (KJV)
He that has the Son HAS eternal life: (Jn.3:16,18,36; 5:24; 6:40,47; 8:51; 11:26; 12:26; 20:31; Mk.16:16; Rom.10:11-13; 1 Pet.1:21; 1 Jn.5:1,10-13).
NO condemnation: (Jn.10:27-30; Rom.8:1,16-17,28-30,33-34; 1 Thes.5:9:2 Thes.2:13-14; 1 Pet.1:5; 1 Jn.3:14).
The transformation in Paul was remarkable, yet not surprising. The most seductive temptation Satan can devise will arouse no response from a dead man. Insult a dead man to his face, and he will not retaliate in anger. As a dead man, Paul experienced a new freedom over sin that he had never known before! Yet, in spite of being dead, Paul was more alive than he had ever been: “I am crucified...nevertheless, I live.” Dead to sin, he was alive to God through Christ. So real was this to Paul, that it was as though Christ Himself were living in him . . . and, indeed, He was! Christ had become his very life . . . and this, said Paul, was what Christianity was all about!
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