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Unformatted text preview: Judging/Hypocrisy • Holier than thou attitude • DC Talk #1 cause of atheists are Christians • Matt 7:1-2 (Jesus) • Romans 3:9 • Romans 3:22-23 • II Tim 3:16-17 Unity (Conservative v. Liberal) • Mark 3:35 • II Cor 6:14 (Unbelievers, not people with different views) • Yoked=Linked like oxen; meaning we can’t subscribe to their belief, but can still have relationship • Rom 14:17-18 • I Cor 1:10 Seperation from the Society • Called to be different • Eph 4-5 • I Cor 6:19-20 bought at a price • I Cor 1:19 • Gal 1:7 • God’s Chosen people Rom 6:1-3 • James PROBLEM OF THE FLESH Sin is a universal problem Rom. 5.12 . “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned…” Sin and death came into the world through Adam. Paul does not say what the relationship is between the sin of Adam and the sin of every other human.—Is it because we share a common nature with Adam? Rom. 7.14 . “For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin.” Law and the flesh are not compatible. Because the law is “spiritual” (of God who is Spirit), but we have a fleshly nature. Reviewing what Paul has said: • Rom. 1-3 is that all stand alike before God. • Even the Jew, who has “the oracles of God” (3.2) has no advantage, because no one is justified through works of law. • All the law has done for those who know it and have tried to keep it is bring to them the (full) knowledge of sin (3.20). • Therefore, sin is a universal problem. Paul’s language, as well as the rest of scripture, do not envision anyone living free of sin. How do we know all have sinned: “ Therefore, the mindset (way of thinking) of the flesh is hostile toward God, for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able . So those who live in the flesh are not able to please God ” (Rom. 8.7-8). > The flesh is an orientation hostile to God that all share! Rom. Ch. 7.7-24. The flesh (vs. the Law). • The Law of God is good; it is spiritual. It expresses God’s intent for humanity. 7.12 • The Law is like a mirror that reflects to me my true state. 7.7-11 • It even serves to magnify my problem. 7.13 • Sin is like an insidious disease looking for a host to capture and destroy. 7.8-11 • Flesh is a suitable host for sin; in fact it is no match—flesh has no resistance to sin. 7.14-24 WHY? Flesh is weak (Mk. 14.38; Rom. 8.3). As created by God, flesh is neither evil nor good. It is in fact vulnerable and needy. It is capable of either sin or righteousness, but only by learning to be dependent upon God. In a world without sin, this is possible....
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- Spring '08