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Laying Aside the Flesh (8 of 20)
I Peter 2:1-8
March 16, 1997
This section begins with another, "therefore." In fact, there are three in this passage - verse 1, and verses 6 and 7. This sounds like an attorney making his appeal.
(Since my client was not at the scene of the crime; "therefore," we conclude that he is not guilty. Since he is not guilty; "therefore," we conclude that he should be released.)
Peter is here lobbying his case to the "pilgrims of the Dispersion." (I Peter 1:1)
* Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth.
* Since you have purified your souls through sincere love of the brethren.
* Since you have been born again through the Word of God, which lives and abides forever.
Lay aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking.
Every one of these things are marks of the flesh, and it is the flesh that destroys our testimony, divides the Body of Christ, and works havoc in the church, the home, and the individual.
Galatians 5:16-26 ... we see in this passage the tension between the "lust of the flesh" and the "fruit of the Spirit."
The "flesh" here is not referring to your physical body. It is in reference to the wickedness in our hearts. Name any sin, and you can know it is a work of the flesh. Walking and working in the flesh is the easiest thing in the world to do. We all do it, but we ought to be warned it is dangerous. The flesh is the natural mean (old man).
Galatians 6:7-9 ... "Do not be deceived; God is not mocked..." To walk in the flesh is to mock God.
What does the Word of God say about the flesh?
(1) Romans 7:18... "In my flesh dwelleth no good thing."
(2) Romans 8:8 ... "Those who are in the flesh cannot please God."
(3) Romans 8:13 ... "If you live according to the flesh, you will die." (Sin brings death.)
(4) John 6:63 ... Jesus said, "The flesh profits nothing." (Never endures.)
To live your life in the flesh is to waste yo ...
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