Chapter Three, Lesson One
PUTTING ASIDE SIN Page
V. 5 (cont'd.)
** Paul now gives us five general categories of sin that we should be
non-responsive to, what are they?
1) Immorality - porneia, refers to sexual sin. cf. 1Thessalonians 4:3
2) Impurity - akatharsia, filthiness or uncleanness cf. 1Thessalonians
3) Passion - pathos, the physical expression of sexual desire cf. Romans
4) Evil desire - sexual lust created in the mind cf. James 1:14-15,
5) Greed - pleonexia, pleon meaning "more" and exo meaning
"to have". It is the insatiable desire to have more of what
is forbidden. cf. James 4:1-2
** This last area of sin "greed", is at the heart of all that
has gone before in Paul's list. Because it places selfish desire above
obedience to God, to what is it equal?
"...which amounts to idolatry." cf. Ephesians 5:3-5
V. 6 ** What impact do these categories of sin have upon the future
"For it is on account of these things that the wrath of God will
** We know that God's wrath and fiery judgment in coming to deal with
sin, but are we subject to that wrath?
No - Jesus took God's wrath on the cross for us, we have been delivered
cf. Romans 5:9, 1Thessalonians 1:10
V. 7 ** Are these kinds of sin foreign to us or should we be able
to recognize them at the moment of temptation?
We should know them well! "...and in them you also once walked..."
** Prior to our salvation, we walked in sin. Was that just an occasional
straying from the path?
No - we were "living in them" and loving it!. cf. Psalm 10:4,
14:1, by contrast - Romans 6:1-2
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