These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit (Jude 19 KJV) One word characterizes the Christian life and that word is “Spirit”. Christianity is a Spirit-life. It starts with the Spirit coming into our hearts and continues with the Spirit leading, controlling, and expressing Himself in and through us. Jude makes a
For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? (1 Corinthians 3:3 KJV) What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “carnal Christian”? Many will think of a sinful Christian, especially the sin of sexual immorality. A familiar
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2 KJV) The Lord gives us a straight and direct commandment to “be not conformed to this world”. What does this mean?
And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had left him (Judges 16:20 ESV) The story of Samson recorded above is a staggering truth for us
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God….(Galatians 2:20 ESV) I am sure some of you might be scratching your head after reading the title “The
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16 KJV) The Epistles are full of Spirit( upper case “S”) and flesh. Galatians 5:16 above says if we walk in the Spirit, we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Why is this
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels….(1 Timothy 3:16, KJV) Paul, speaking to Timothy his spiritual son exclaims, “great is the mystery of godliness”. He had been graciously given a heavenly download of the mysteries of the Son of God
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? (Galatians 3:3, KJV) The Apostle Paul gives us an intriguing insight into the meaning of walking in the Spirit or the flesh in the verse above. The context is that the Galatians had believed the Gospel and were