Chapter Five, Lesson Four
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT Page
impurity: literally - "unclean", the term is used in Scripture
to talk about both moral and ceremonial uncleanness that prevents a
person from approaching God. cf. Romans 1:24
sensuality: originally it meant any excess or lack of restraint, but
came to mean "sexual excess". It is unrestrained sexual indulgence
without shame. cf. Romans 1:26-27 & 32
V.20 ** How about the second category of sin, what was it called?
2) Religion - You mean religion can be sin? Yes!
idolatry: This is man made religion, the worship of man made images
or concepts of every sort. All human religion is base upon self-effort,
on man's sinful insistence that he can make himself acceptable to God
by his own merits because he is a good person. cf. Romans 1:21-23
sorcery: [pharmakeia] from which we get pharmacy or pharmaceutical.
Primarily used to describe mood and mind altering drugs. Ancient religions
involved the occultic practice of drug use to induce a supposed communication
with deities. It was closely related to witchcraft and magic. cf. 2Chronicles
33:6, King Mannasseh, reigned from age 12-67, 55 years and worshipped
Molech, just South-east of the temple!
** Having seen how our sinful flesh produces sexual sin and religious
sin, what is the third category of sin?
3) Human Relationships - cf. James 4:1-4
enmities: hateful disposition (attitude)
strife: bitter conflicts (resulting action)
jealousy: hateful resentment (attitude)
outbursts of anger: sudden, unrestrained expression of hostility (resulting
disputes, dissensions, factions and envyings: these are expressions of
animosities between individuals, as well as groups of people, that continue
to fester long after the original cause of conflict has passed.
V.21 drunkenness and carousing: while these terms are referring
to human relationship and interaction, it was primarily in the area of
pagan worship through the practice of orgies.
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