“And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:24
“Crucifixion produced death not suddenly but gradually. True Christians do not succeed in completely destroying the flesh while here below; but they have fixed it on the cross, and they are determined to keep it there till it expire” (John Brown).
In response to this, John Stott wrote, “When we came to Jesus Christ, we repented. We crucified everything we knew to be wrong. We took our old self-centred nature, with all its sinful passions and desires, and nailed it to the cross. And this repentance of ours was decisive, as decisive as a crucifixion. So, Paul says, if we crucified the flesh, we must leave it there to die. We must renew every day this attitude towards sin of ruthless and uncompromising rejection.”
Stott continues, “If besetting sins persistently plague us, it is either because we have never truly repented, or because, having repented, we have not maintained our repentance. It is as if, having nailed our old nature to the cross, we keep wistfully returning to the scene of its execution. We begin to caress it, to long for its release, even to try to take it down again from the cross. We need to learn to leave it there. When some jealous, or proud, or malicious, or impure thought invades our mind we must kick it out at once. It is fatal to begin to examine it and consider whether we are going to give in to it or not. We have declared war on it; we are not going to resume negotiations. We have settled the issue for good; we are not going to re-open it. We have crucified the flesh; we are never going to draw the nails.”
Join us Sunday morning at 10am as we open Galatians 5:16-25 and discover “The Truth of the Matter”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!