by Stan Coffey

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Victory Over The Flesh (32 of 48)
Series: Creation or Evolution?
Dr. Stan Coffey
July 26, 1987

INTRODUCTION: We learned last week that the twin sons of Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Esau, represent two spiritual principles. Esau represents the principle of the flesh and Jacob, the principle of the spirit. According to Galatians 5 the flesh is at war with the spirit and the spirit with the flesh. This was vividly illustrated by the fact that even when Esau and Jacob were in their mother's womb they were struggling with one another. We can rejoice however that just as Jacob was destined by God to be victorious over Esau the spirit is victorious over the flesh of the power of the cross (Galatians 2:20). In today's lesson we shall see another lesson about how God gives us victory over the flesh.

I. THE GROWING CONFLICT - chapter 25:27-28
As the years went by the rivalry between the two brothers grew. This illustrates the fact that there is no end to the warfare between the spirit and the flesh. It is interesting also to note from the prophetic standpoint that Esau was the progenitor of Herod while Jacob was the progenitor of Christ
A. The spirit of God shows how Jacob and Esau developed - vs. 27
1. Esau was a man of the field, Jacob was a man of the fold
2. Esau chose the kind of life that delighted Cain, Jacob chose the kind of life that delighted Abel
3. Esau's passion was to kill, Jacob's was to protect
4. The nature of Jacob and Esau were opposite from one another and developed more and more with the passing of time showing how the things we cultivate in our lives are the things that ultimately control us
B. The spirit of God shows how Jacob and Esau differed - vs. 28
"And Isaac loved Esau because he did eat of his venison but Rebekah loved Jacob."
1. Esau reign ...

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