14. 1st John 2: 6…walk even as He walked (NKJV) (Unless otherwise indicated)

November 28, 2019

Romans 8: 6 “For to be carnally (fleshly) minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

Our focus in this study will be on how the flesh stands in opposition to the human spirit. Between the flesh and the spirit lies the soul. We must understand that this is not a reference to the flesh and the Holy Spirit. Of course, we came into this world as sinners; predispose, and set against the Spirit of God. This is why Jesus insisted there must be a second birth: a birth that comes from above and not of the dust of the ground:

 

1st Corinthians 15: 47 “The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.”

These verses are sandwiched between a description of the resurrection of Christ and the Church, which we all should be looking up, and looking forward too. On that day the dead in Christ shall rise first and we, which are alive will be changed from corruptible to incorruptible (1st Thess. 4:14-18).

Our forefather Adam was kind enough to leave us an inheritance; the life he received because of partaking from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil became our lot also. Often we fail to realize that just because the tree possessed good and evil, that doesn’t mean the good is the goodness of God (His Divine nature), that came in Christ (2nd Pet. 1:4). That tree represents the best efforts of Adam and Eve from that point on, including his offspring would be as a filthy dirty rag (Isaiah 64:6). Remember their feeble attempt at covering themselves with fig leaves represented our own efforts at covering shame. Their works were not good enough, and neither is ours. So, God Himself sacrificed animals and covered them with their skins, this is an atonement, which can only be accomplished by the spilling of blood (Heb. 9:22). Isaiah 64:6 is not a reference to rags one might use for cleaning up messy spills or for dusting the furniture. First, the phrase “unclean thing” in Isaiah 64: 6 is the Hebrew word ṭâmê’, which means: 1) unclean, impure 1a) ethically and religiously 1b) ritually. Secondly, it goes on to describe our righteousness or our efforts at being good, that word is ‛êd. which means: 1) menstruation 1a) filthy rag, stained garment (figuratively of best deeds of guilty people). We are born with the sentence of death, and I know this is not news to many Christians. However, for those who don’t know, that rag is the equivalent of a tampon, it’s used to catch the remains of an unfertilized egg. The author used this illustration to depict how useless our best efforts were apart from Christ making us alive in Him by the Spirit of God. When Adam sinned, we were in his loins, thereby causing the same curse that fell on him to fall upon us all.

Romans 5: 12 “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one[e] Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” To be continued…

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