Quotes and Notes for the Day
KEEPING PURE IN AN IMPURE WORLD – IV
Mortification- Crucifying Self.
“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.” (Romans 8:13)
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” (Colossians 3:5)
Mortification is the third Biblical ingredient necessary to keep pure in an impure world. The word “mortification” simply means, “ to put to death” and refers to our sinful nature and sinful actions. There is a related word which believers will quickly recognize that is quiet similar in meaning, but that also has its own enriching truth. It is the word, “ crucify” or “crucifixion.” The apostle Paul takes this word and links our spiritual crucifixion of the old nature to Christ’s crucifixion on the cross. We read in Galatians 2:20, ” I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives 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.” Also in Galatians 5:24, we read, ” And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”
The Great Chapter on Mortification: Romans chapter Six is really the classic chapter in Scripture on mortification. In fact Romans 6:1-8 deals with the Biblical truth of which involves putting away of sin and the truth of Sanctification. “What shall we do then? shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” and with great exclamation he says, “God forbid, How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein?” He says in effect, “ How – shall we – do – it !?” And then in verse 6 he says, “ knowing this that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”
A Practical Biblical Example of Mortification: Mortification is practically illustrated in Psalms 101:2-3, when the Psalmist states that he would behave himself wisely in a a perfect way, even when he is alone, in private by himself. It is in private that the real man comes to the surface. What a christian thinks/does in private reveals his/her real spiritual character. The Psalmist says, ” I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked things before my eyes.” This statement can rightly be applied to pornographic magazines, and computer (internet) surfing and television watching when a believer is all alone. The words of Proverb 4:25, and Job 31:1 also aptly apply here – both in private and public: ” Let thine eyes look right on and thine eyelids look straight before thee.” and ” I made a covenant with mine eyes, why then should I think upon a maid.” These words are practical mortification – they involve a practical purity in our daily lives.
The Scriptural Plan For Mortification: How can such mortification and death take place? The Apostle Paul delineates two spiritual means. 1. This mortification can be achieved only by surrender and yieldness to the Holy Spirit of God: ” if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live”” (Romans 8:13) And in Galatians 5:15, Paul states, “ This I say then, walk walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.” 2. Setting our Affections on Heavenly Matters: that is, living for the eternal rather than the temporal. So in Colossians 3:1-2 Paul writes: “ If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your affections on things above, and not on things on the earth.”
In Colossians 3:3 we read,” For ye are dead and your life is hid in Christ with God.” And this statement chimes with the apostles words in Romans 6:8, where he stated, ” Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that, we shall also live with him“; and in extending his statement in verse 11 of the same chapter he says, ” Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Beloved, It is not sin to be tempted; but it is sin to yield to sin’s temptation. May The Lord help us to live a pure life in this impure world!!!
From the Peoples Gospel Hour Staff
How to be Saved …and KNOW it – your most important stop on this site.
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.