Sins Are Members Of Our Flesh

Colossians 3:5: Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

Strong*s Concordance defines that word members thus: A limb or part of the body. Our sins are as much a part of our flesh as our arms, legs, hands and fingers. Our physical parts can take us where we go physically and do what we do physically. Our spiritual parts can take us where we go spiritually and cause us to do what we do spiritually.

Strong*s defines mortify thus: To deaden, to subdue, to be dead.

Romans 8:13: For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

The definition of mortify in this verse is slightly different: Become dead, (cause to be) put to death, to kill.

There are some things that God alone can do. There are some things that we can do in partnership with Him. There is nothing of spiritual value that we can do without His help.

Purifying our hearts is God*s work alone

Acts 15:8-9: And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

1 Corinthians 3:9: For we are labourers together with God: ye are God*s husbandry, ye are God*s building.

John 15:5: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Mortifying our sins is a task that we are to do with God*s help

There is a lifelong battle between the purified heart of a believer and his sinful flesh. Christ dwelling in our hearts has sufficient power to defeat the sin in our flesh. He is alive and has all power. Sin can destroy our lives but blessedly, the Holy Spirit will help us kill our sins and keep them from destroying us.

Romans 8:13: For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

How mortifying our sin happens

Galatians 5:16: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

Our sin has no dominion over us unless we give it dominion.

Romans 6:14: For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Romans 6:11: Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Surrender to Jesus will tilt us toward our pure hearts and away from our sinful flesh. Faith in Him will give us the victory over our flesh.

Romans 6:13: Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

1 Corinthians 15:57: But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 9:27: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 7:24-25: O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Galatians 2:20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Philippians 3:20-21: For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

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