Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
11/21/2013, by John Kincaid
Lesson 62: Flesh Tries to Twist Scripture
We must guard against a plan of attack that the flesh often uses: twisting Scripture. For example, God calls us to be holy, and promises a cure when we stumble. The flesh wants us to focus on the last half of this verse:
1 John 2:1 I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
The Gospel is good news that sins can be forgiven, in Christ. But it is also more. The Gospel is the source of our daily deliverance from the power of sin.
Our mind tends to see the Gospel only in terms of forgiveness at the moment of salvation; the flesh encourages that view. But we need the Gospel every moment, for daily living.
We have to also remind ourselves that sin’s power over believers has been broken. If we forget, the pleasures of sin will seem attractive, since Christ removed the penalty.
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.