Chapter Five, Lesson Four
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT Page
** Can we define the phrase "deeds of the flesh"?
First, it is important to recognize the plural form of the word "deeds".
Whatever the flesh is doing, it is coming in many forms. Beyond that
fundamental understanding, a good definition would be, "the product
of our life, done by our own effort and inspired by evil or fleshly
desires". The list that follows this descriptive phrase is made
up of 15 separate, stand alone examples of what the flesh can produce
when it is in control of our lives!
** The list of sins that Paul lays out before us can be broken down into
three groups or categories.
1) Sexual - "immorality, impurity and sensuality"
2) Religion - "idolatry and sorcery"
3) Human Relationships - "enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts
of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness and
** Do you suppose that this is an all inclusive list of sins which are
produced when our flesh is in control?
No. cf. V.21, "...and things like these..." As bad as this
list is, it is only a sampling!
** Before we get into this list, let's listen to our Lord's view on the
issue of sin or "the deeds of the
flesh" recorded in Mark 7:20-23 (All). Read passage.
Where does all of this sin in our life originate?
From "within" us! Three times in this brief statement, Jesus
says that our problem comes from within us. We are born sinners who
can only produce filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) and that is why Paul calls
this stuff "the deeds of the flesh".
** Ok, let's work our way through Paul's list. What was the first group
or category of sin?
1) Sexual -
immorality: [porneia] from which we get the word pornography. It is
a broad term referring to all illicit sexual activity. cf. Ephesians
5:3, 1Thessalonians 4:3
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