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Defining the Sinful Flesh Nature (2 of 6)
Series: Grow - Becoming the Spiritually Mature Person God Wants You to Be
Pastor Frank Damazio
INTRODUCTION: In our first message on Grow, we learned that every person has been born into sin because we were "in Adam". The Adamic nature in us is our fallen human nature, our bent toward sin. Jesus taught that it's out of men's hearts that evil thoughts and actions come, it's in us. Our fallen carnal nature is born into sin, shaped by sin, driven by sin and a slave to sin. Our hope is in Christ as we have a new nature that has the capacity to conquer the old sin nature and how to be Christ-like. This series is simply titled, Grow. You must grow in Christ, in grace and in your character.
I. DEFINING "SIN"
A. Several Hebrew and Greek words are used to describe sin. In each case, an objective criterion is implied, either a standard we fail to reach or a line we deliberately cross.
B. Hebrew and Greek Words for "Sin"
Awen: offense, moral worthlessness, the absence of true worth; evil devising or false speaking.
Asham: guilty of wrongdoing.
Amal: trouble and suffering inflicted on self or others; sowing wickedness.
Cultural vices that seek to destroy, corrupt, violate our character, open the door to further entanglements: social drinking or social gambling
Awon: derived from the root `awah - to be bent, bowed down, twisted, perverted.
Rasha: restlessness, disjointed; living in confusion, perpetually agitating others.
Hamartia: missing the mark, failure to attain a goal
Adikia: unrighteousness or iniquity
Poneria: evil of a vicious or degenerate kind; inward corruption or perversion of character
Parabasis: a transgression, a trespass, stepping over a set boundary
Anomia: lawlessness, disregard or violation of a set law.
II. DEFINING THE SINFUL FLESH NATURE
Romans 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
Romans 8:8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Romans 8:13 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.
Romans 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Galatians 5:16-17 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
Galatians 5:24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Galatians 6:8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spiri ...
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