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BlackCalvinist
10-25-2006, 09:30 AM
Romans 6:11-14

Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. The Battleground and Its Participants

Last week from these verses we described the battleground and the participants in the struggle. Let me review that quickly.

Verse 12: There is a throne or a reign. "Do not let sin reign in your mortal body."
Verse 12: There is a challenger to the throne: sin. "Do not let sin reign in your mortal body."
Verse 12: There is a castle where sin threatens to reign: the human body. "Do not let sin reign in your mortal body."
Verse 12: There are loyal servants in the castle who may go over to the other side and join the conspiracy as enemy agents inside the walls of the castle: desires. "Do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its (that is, the body's) desires."
Verse 12: There is incremental surrender possible in this conflict: obedience to disloyal desires. "Do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its desires."
Verse 13: There is a true king on the throne who has the reign in the castle: God. "Do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments [weapons] of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments [weapons] of righteousness to God."
Verse 13: There are weapons in the castle that can be used to advance the cause of the true king, God, or the cause of the pretender to the throne, sin: members [parts] of the human body. "Do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments [o[pla, weapons] of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments [o[pla, weapons] of righteousness to God."
Verse 14: There is a constitutional authority in the kingdom: grace, not law. "For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace." How the Enemy Does Battle

Then we saw how the enemy does battle. Sin is the enemy, the rebel, the pretender to the throne. And the main way sin does battle against us is to turn servants into traitors. It turns servant-desires into conspirators against the throne. Desires which were appointed by God to serve us like desire for food, desire for drink, desire for sex, desire for rest, desire for friends, desire for approval are attacked by sin and captured and corrupted and turned into betrayers Judas-desires, Delilah-desires. Then these desires now in the service of sin instead of God lure us to obey them. When that happens we hand over our members eyes, ears, tongue, hands, feet, sexual organs, vocal cords, etc. to serve these desires and their master, sin, and our members become weapons of unrighteousness.
How does sin succeed at this? How do the desires that he captures and turns into betrayers turn us into slaves of sin? They do this by making obedience to the Judas-desires seem very rewarding. They lie to us with half-truths. "It will feel good." Obeying Judas-desires does feel good. But only for a short time. Then later comes the misery and destruction. That's why Hebrews 11:25 refers to "the fleeting pleasures of sin." These Judas-desires are very deceitful. Ephesians 4:22 says that our "old man" is corrupted by the "desires of deceit." 1 Peter 1:14 refers to "the desires of your former ignorance."
Sin takes our desires and makes liars out of them. They promise satisfaction and happiness, and they deliver cheap, fleeting, shallow stimulation that leaves us less content and less peaceful and less hopeful and more guilty, more restless, more discouraged, more enslaved. In the end, if we don't fight the way this text tells us to, we may be cut off from God in hell. That's why Romans 6:21 says, "The outcome of those things is death." And that's why 1 Peter 2:11 says, "Abstain from fleshly desires which wage war against the soul." There is a war for the soul going on. Sin is fighting for the throne of your soul; it is using your desires as betrayers; and it is turning your members into weapons of unrighteousness.
Lest you have in your mind here only the so-called gross sins like drunkenness or fornication or adultery or stealing or murder, keep this in mind: The book of James says that the most deadly member of our body the most deadly weapon of unrighteousness is the tongue. "The tongue is a small part of the body. . . . See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. . . . No one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison" (James 3:5-8). That is what happens when sin perverts our desires so that we present our tongues to these Judas-desires as a weapon of unrighteousness. What a weapon of destruction it can be! So this battle strategy is for everybody here, not just for someone you might point your finger at.

BlackCalvinist
10-25-2006, 01:16 PM
*bump*