by Wally Fry
Wednesday, September 11
The Works of the Flesh
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God,” Galatians 5:19-21.
Anyone reading through the things Paul has described here, and done an honest appraisal in comparing their own lives to them, might justifiably be quite disturbed. Anyone being honest would almost certainly have to admit guilt to at least one, and likely more of these transgressions. Paul clearly teaches that those guilty of these things will not inherit the kingdom of God; those guilty of them are doomed, in fact. That is the bad news; the good news is that through the redemptive work of Jesus we can all be declared forgiven and not guilty of these crimes.
So, what is the point here? Just as fruit of the Spirit is a product of, and a sign of our salvation, a lifestyle of habitual, purposeful sin may be a sign that we are not children of God. What Paul is describing here are sins that even saved believers can be tempted into and commit; none of us will be perfect until we enter the presence of the Lord eternally.
The lifestyle being described here is one of willful, deliberate, habitual and conviction-free sin. Self-analysis is almost always a good thing. If this is you because you have not believed, God waits to forgive and save you. If we claim salvation, and yet this still describes us, then a good honest look at our relationship with the Lord Jesus may be in order, as we may be in need of saving ourselves.
JUST A THOUGHT: If we can live a life of wanton, and habitual sin and feel nothing, then we should be greatly concerned.