Romans 8:12-13 – So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 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
Have you ever asked yourself why we fall into sin, why after knowing the truth of Christ, the sacrifice given for us to have life, a hope and future; after countless hours of studying sound doctrine and theology- why do we still fall to sin? Many would state; that it is the flesh- the spirit is willing but the body is weak- others would move to a misconstrued viewpoint that states that each person houses the old self and the new man and at times the old self overpowers the new man. Yet Dear Saint; isn’t it that we who are elected to salvation are in fact dead to sin and alive in Christ; no longer do our old passions, our old desires live- for that has been put to death along with our sinful nature As we being dead to sin are resurrected in the newness of life in Christ? Thus it is ludicrous to think that we have no power in the matter when it comes to sin unfolding; that we are but swayed by our passions as we knowing that our flesh is weak still ground ourselves in the flesh in so doing means there is no regeneration, thus- we were never saved in the first place since we do not exude the newness of life in Christ.
We are still anchored to the world, to our passions instead of being anchored in Christ. We mix righteousness with evil; light with darkness So Why do we sin? Simple answer- we are not satisfied in God. We are not satisfied in His blessings, that is why we covet and steal, we are not satisfied with His word that is why we seek knowledge from elsewhere that leads us to unbelief; we are not satisfied in the church that is why we forsake the assembly- desiring other things. And finally; We sin because deep in our hearts, we are not satisfied in God.
Let us look at Romans 8:12-13 – So we understand 2 points in our key text which the Apostle Paul stated to the Romans in the heart of sanctification-
the 1st being- Death comes to those who are indebted in the flesh; the term indebted gives us a picture of being grounded or anchored in the flesh in which we cannot by our own means break free of its chains; save by truly seeking Christ, standing in faith, and walking in obedience. The 2nd is the requirement one must fulfill in order that we may be anchored in Christ as we walk in the spirit.
The key here is to put aside the deeds of the body; what are the deeds of the body? Let us take a look at Romans 6:12-13 – So the members being stated here are the faculties of our own body; each part that makes us whole. So in our wholeness; do not present your members to sin as instruments of unrighteousness. So note that the deeds of the body are what moves us to sin; that corrupts the members of our body to be instruments of evil. Instead present your members to God as instruments of righteousness- how do we do that? By Putting sin to death in our lives; sin is not something to hide in our walk; nor should it be cherished- it should be publicly declared and put to death that it may not have power of you. John Owe once said- “Do you mortify? Do you make it your daily work? Be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.” Thus how do we kill sin? by the spirit. One cannot defeat sin through sheer will alone; there is no mind over matter in this regard; but we must submit ourselves and conform ourselves to Christ.
Ephesians 6:16-17 moves us to the singular killing weapon in the arsenal of God; that is the Sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. We are called to wield the sword which is the word of God to slice, crush, impale, kill and destroy sin and temptations; the two go hand in hand. Yes understand that to be tempted is not sin; but note that when temptation strikes- sin is just around the corner waiting for us to succumb to the call of temptation- so must strike by the sword of the Spirit which is what- the Word of God.
Why do you think we call each of you to seek the Most High God; why do you think we call unto to you to read His word; to meditate on it day and night. Because we desire you to win against the call of sin. So how do we attain this sword of the spirit- Galatians 3:5 move us to focus on the works of the law; that is the good work the word of God calls us to accomplish and we are called to hear the law by faith.We attain the sword by not only hearing but trusting the word of God; by having superior satisfaction in the word of God rather than the earthly call of sin and its pleasures.
2 Thessalonians 2:13 focuses us on the understanding of our salvation and the fruit of our election which should be sanctification, holiness and purity which can only be attained by walking in the spirit and believing in the truth. Thus how do we kill sin? Hebrews 13:5-6 give us an answer by standing free from anything that would steal our focus from God by being completely satisfied in the understanding that no greater pleasure, no greater joy is there than to be in the presence of God; than to have the King look upon you. The deeds of the body would move us to death but if we are anchored in the spirit- that is to reign what satisfies us to God alone; we will not fall so easily into sin.
This explains why true believers do not often fail; because nothing comes before their relationship with Christ; not sin, not lust, not greed, not money or material thing could steal their focus, their life, their righteousness since they are anchored in Christ. They are satisfied in His promises; satisfied in His presence- not that the promises unveiled here does not go to those who have given themselves to their own carnality; but it is applicable only to those who seek Christ in all and everything- proclaiming His lordship each step of the way.
Thus Dear Saint; know that Eternal life can be attained in the avenue of warfare, not to make peace with the deeds of the flesh and the carnal desires of the world- but to truly abhor such since our satisfaction lies in far greater a joy and that is the presence and glorification of Christ.
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