She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.
In these lessons we want to discuss the process of sanctification by which believers are transformed day by day into the image of God’s Son. We will discuss the theological understanding of sanctification and the practical outworking of sanctification in the life of the disciple. And in closing we will discuss how to lead others as they “walk out their salvation.” Our goal is to understand the process by which God transforms a life so that we can be effective co-laborers with Him in this process. Continue reading “Understanding Sin (Sanctification Series #1)”
For part 1 of this 2 part series click here.
Some Definitions and the New Man
The Bible uses the term “flesh” in different ways. The term “flesh” can be defined in the following way when referring to the wayward and sinful inclinations of Man:
Flesh (sinful): The deformed desires of the body and mind that have been perverted by living separated from God and His righteousness
At other times the term “flesh” just means:
Flesh (natural): The earthly nature of humanity
In John 1:14 we are told the Word became flesh. We know that Jesus took on humanity and lived and died as a man. But we also know that he walked in fellowship with God from his mother’s womb. In the famous Messianic Psalm that prophesies the crucifixion of Christ, we read, “Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother’s breast” (Psalm 22:9). Since he lived in continual fellowship with God the Father, his human desires never became unbridled or perverted. The desires of his body and mind were always kept in perfect submission to the will of the Father; he walked righteously and remained righteous.
Continue reading “Understanding and Overcoming the Flesh – Part 2”