Mortify Your Flesh
- Date: March 13, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” (Colossians 3:5)
- From Put On Christ
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God" (Colossians 3:1). Set your affection on the things that are above. We can seek these things out of routine and discipline, can't we? We can schedule it in and say, "I'm going to seek the things that are above. Here we go." But where our affections are, where our heart is, that's where our treasures are. Set your affections on the things that are above. Where would you say you really are-what really has your heart? "Oh, Jesus has my heart. My heart is fully to do the will of God. I have no idols. I have no distractions." We cannot lie about our strong desires, because what our desires are is where our time is spent. It's what we guard when somebody tries to speak against it and maybe admonish us if we're a little too involved. We'll raise up a defense. The Holy Ghost says, "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. [Here comes some doctrine.] For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory" (Colossians 3:2-4). There it is. We're predestined to be conformed. Thank You, Jesus! Verse 5 says, "Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth…" Many people get into the works thing. He's made a distinction here. He says, "We are predestined. When He appears, we shall appear with Him as His children. We are dead and our lives are hid with Christ. But here's your responsibility today: this is the eternal versus the practical."
I want to help you understand where I'm going with this. "I know that God has done a work in me, and He has created and placed in me a love. And do you know what? I love the whole world. It's just my neighbor I have trouble with." It's easy to love the whole world, isn't it? It's the man in the chair next to us that we have trouble with. We deceive ourselves by thinking practically that we used to be bound with hatred, selfishness, and a murdering spirit, and that it's all gone! Is it? The next verses in Colossians might put a finger on something that still has to be dealt with in our lives. We're talking about this to get ready for the coming of Jesus. "Mortify therefore your members [not who you are legally in Christ, but your members] which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them" (Colossians 3:5-7). Can you see how similar Ephesians and Colossians are? They are distinct letters, but it's the same message: the warfare with this flesh on a daily basis and how it contrasts with who we are in Christ. Frankly, there are too many people who are just repeating, and repeating, and repeating who they are in Christ legally, and they think that what they do is going to be of no regard somehow. "It's because I am predestined." No, you are not predestined. We are predestined. Who is the "we" then? Those that are the "we" mortify these things in the flesh, the "we" that are worthy of the vocation wherewith they are called. The predestination of the believer is limited to the believer: the believer who is walking by faith, the believer who is crucifying and mortifying these members on the earth, the member who is working righteousness because of the finished work of Jesus. It's not to merit favor with God, and it's not to find a place of acceptance with God, for we are accepted in the Beloved. The believer is living out in obedience the character change that came from redemption.