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The Cross and Our Flesh (3 of 4)
Series: At The Cross
OPENING: A man met a friend of his one morning and hailed him with, "Say, Sam, have you seen Melvin lately? I've been looking high and low for him."
"Well," said the friend, "those are the places to look. He died in January."
APPLICATION: The Bible tells us that all men have died to something. For example: Before you became a Christian you were dead to the things of Christ:
Ephesians 2:1-3 "As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath."
BUT, once you became a Christian you were dead in Christ. Galatians 2:20 tell us: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
I. Now, what does that mean - "I no longer live?"
In Galatians 5:16-24 Paul tells us:
"So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindnes ...
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