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July 14, 2020 7:00 pm
Dr. Steve Pettit continues a chapel series entitled “Walking In the Spirit.” Today’s scripture passage is Galatians 5.
Welcome to The Daily Platform from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. The school was founded in 1927. The evangelist Dr. Bob Jones Senior's intent was to make a school where Christ would be the center of everything, so he established daily chapel services today. That tradition continues with fervent preaching from the University chapel platform today on The Daily Platform or continuing a study series entitled walking in the spirit which is a study of Galatians chapter 5.
Let's listen to today's message where Steve will continue his teaching about the works of the flesh from Galatians chapter 5 Matthew take your Bibles and turn with me please to Galatians chapter 5 this morning.
Galatians chapter 5, continuing our study and our theme walking in the spirit and were looking this morning a Galatians chapter 5. As we began our last message on the works of the flash which was really a part one message and today I would like to finish works of the flesh, part two is a number of years ago when I was serving as an intern in a local church out in Denver Colorado that I went out and played golf one day with a friend of mine.
He was a student here at the University and his brother-in-law's brother-in-law was a young pastor a Baptist pastor of the church. He probably at the time was maybe 26, 27 years old, somewhere in that neighborhood and we went out and we played around of golf and we were coming back to our homes and we were downright driving down one of the main drives in Denver Colorado. If you're from Denver was Alameda Avenue. Suddenly I was sitting in the backseat. My friend in the passenger side and the pastor was driving.
Suddenly a car sort of whips out in front of the preacher. He must've forgotten that we were in the car because he reached down underneath his seat and grabbed a tire tool and pulled it up and started yelling at the driver and said write your head. I was sitting in the back of the seat and I thought now that is a manifestation of the flesh. It's self-evident. It's like and remember as years went by I saw that same pastor at a conference probably 10 years later and as soon as I saw him. Guess what I thought, there's the pastor that could not control his temper this morning. As we look at the manifestations of the works of the flash last time we saw that the flash reveals itself in sexual sins. And Paul continues this thought of the flash as he reveals the different and the random ways in which our fallen, sinful nature can manifest manifest itself. These evidences of the flasher opposite of the spirit, and they are also things that can be committed by any and by all believers/begin reading this morning in verse 19 it will read down to verse 21. As we look at the works of the flash.
Paul says now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these and then he begins to list them out, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, these are the things that we saw the last time we met, then idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath stripes, additions, heresies, endings, murders, drunkenness, ramblings and such like that is that this is not an exhaustive list of the which I tell you before, as I have told you, as I've also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God not like us this morning to actually work through this list so that you can understand them, because these are various manifestations of the flesh and will look at them in three areas as they appear. The first area is in the realm of religious sense. Notice what he says that the works of the flesh are manifest, which of these and then he says idolatry and witchcraft that is there is the potential of a believer of actually falling into the worship of an idol or in witchcraft what is idolatry. What is an idol. One writer Richard Keyes defined it this way.
An idol is something within creation that is inflated to function as God all sorts of things are potential idols.
Depending only on our attitudes and our actions towards them. Idolatry may not involve explicit denials of God's existence or character. It may well come in the form of an over attachment to something that is in itself perfectly good and idol can be a physical object of property a person, an activity, a role, an institution of hope and image an idea a pleasure like hero any thing that can become a substitute for God, something that we look to to bring a satisfaction and security above the Lord. John Calvin said the human heart is a factory of idols. Every one of us is from his mother's womb. Experts in inventing idols.
Paul tells us in the book of Colossians chapter 3 that materialistic greed or covetousness is a form of idolatry.
John Calvin said the evil in our desire typically does not lie in what we want but that we wanted too much. Is it wrong for you to get an education so you can go out and make a living. No, but would it be right for you as a believer to make it your passion in life to be rich. So an idol is anything that replaces God. Anything that replaces God in our heart we are to love God with all my heart mind soul. We are to love others and give ourselves to serve them. And whenever things take that place that becomes a God in the New Testament. Paul tells us to flee from idolatry.
John says that to believers to keep yourself from idols and for all of us. Things can be become more important to us than God.
That's a work of the flesh, the notice the word witchcraft.
It is from this word that we get the word drug use or for McKay or like a pharmacy drugs. In ancient times were used in occult practices to Pete put people in an altered state of mind in order to be able to make contact with spirits, which are demons.
So you take a drug it alters your mind to put you in another world and put you in the contact with demonic spirits spiritism today in the world is very powerful and is very active. It could be shaman-ism.
It could be which doctors, it could be medicine men. It could be voodoo is him it could be as and as in Africa, I ran into people who were involved in what they call juju which was black magic and witchcraft and sorcery and is entering into the realm of the spirits. One of the earliest Christian writings after the era of the apostles was called the dedicate in this writing, it notes a severe command to abstain from magic and sorcery is interesting in the book of acts chapter 19 were Paul, the apostles in the city of Ephesus preaching and he comes into contact with people that were involved in exorcism and the believers Saul the power of the demonic world and they actually had books. If you can read it and ask 19 verse 19 and they brought the books out in the middle of the street and what did they do to them. They burned them and they say the accumulated amount of the books was somewhere around 50,000 pieces of silver.
I think personally that the use of drugs in the United States.
American society in the world. Whether it's from marijuana all the way up is literally opening up society to the influence of demons. So as believers.
This would be a manifestation of the works of the flesh, we just call those simply religious sin but I notice another category and this is the largest number of flesh evidences and this is seen in the realm of relationships.
I don't know of anything that shows the flesh more than in the way that we relate to, and we react to one another. Let's take the list as they appear number one. The first is hatred. Hatred is simply hostility or antagonism towards any other person or groups of people. This could be hatred towards a particular individual. A particular race a particular class of people. The rich versus the poor believers are commanded to even love our enemies. So when asked your question, is there anybody that you hate anybody. As soon as you see them you feel animosity someone you personally resent so that you have developed within your own heart. A spirit of anger and bitterness towards that person. Maybe somebody that you trusted and they mistreated you. Maybe you feel like something's been done to you and it's wrong and it's not fair and so therefore you harbor that anger towards them.
The notice, the second word, the word variance. It's the idea of strife means to be at odds with others, and this includes the actions of people who would be contentious.
The government around people that are hard to get along with their quick to argue always quarreling, always fighting there there people who live in the realm of big drama and there's always tension.
She's a drama queen, and very touchy. You always have to be careful because there's going to be a reaction. This kind of discord often seeps in the local churches because of the attitudes of people. Paul even warns that some can preach Christ out of envy and strife number of years ago I was working as an intern at a local church and was out with a man in the church doing house to house visitation. We came to a home. We met an individual they open their door to us and we began to share the gospel with them and I was a wonderful opportunity and I was able to lead the man to Christ in went back and got in my car, a man I was excited this guy accepted the Lord and the man got in the car and close the door and looked at me with anger on his face and said you stole my convert us like I stole your convert. I didn't know that I was the converter I mean all I did was tell them about Jesus and he said yes and I realized even in a good church with good people there can be even strife and contention over ministry the notice. The next word emulations and I want to pull the word envying which is down a little bit further and put them together and so to compare the difference because the word emulation, the desire to emulate someone is the word jealousy. Jealousy and envy.
What are they and what's the difference while they come from the same family is kind of like a brother and sister but their slightly different jealousy is a passionate zeal for one's own self interest, and it feels threatened by the success of others. If somebody successful you want that.
Where is in the is a little more diabolical.
It means that you become hostile toward your competitor with a malicious spirit showing an ill will towards those who seem to be more prosperous and you would like to see them fail simple illustration number of years ago we were in a revival meeting up in the state of New Hampshire and one of the fellows on our team. At that time we had two young ladies and two young men traveling with us and I noticed that the two young ladies in one of the young men had gotten all of them had gotten a small loaf of banana nut bread somebody in the church gave it to, but the other guy didn't get anything. His name was Peter.
Peter was from Australia and so ask her poke fun at us at Peter. Nobody gave you any banana nut bread.
Maybe they don't like you.
Maybe it's because you're from Australia.
I sit Peter, do you know what jealousy is jealousy is you were mad that everybody got some banana nut bread. You think you deserve it and you want your banana nut bread right now that's jealousy is a bit you know it.
In B is in the is you saying I don't want any banana nut bread. But deep in your heart you hope that when everybody else eats their banana nut bread, they get sick in their stomach. That's the difference everyone of you are jealous by nature, you hate it when anybody is successful and you're not. And then when they are successful than the tendency is either to tear them down or hope that they will fail.
That's a manifestation of the flesh, the notice the word wrath word wrath there literally means breathing hard. How many of you have ever gotten so upset that it was almost difficult for you to even read you are so mad and you're ready for. Never a volcanic explosion.
Have you ever watched coaches on the sideline when they think the referee made a bad call. Sometimes I actually feel bad because I think those guys were so old and have a heart attack wrath is this verbal abuse. This enraged temper and the responses to situations and circumstances and the notice the word murder is like I can never commit murder. Well, the Bible tells us that anger is the calls of murder. What is it mean to murder someone, it means to take their life and you know you don't kill people.
If you're not angry you people just walk around searching this great. I really love killing people is so fine know before somebody murder somebody there is anger there is resentment there is bitterness that builds up to that, but you don't have to pull a trigger to shoot someone and kill someone to commit murder.
You could lease wish in your heart that they would somehow depart planet Earth.
If there anybody in your life you hated so much that you wish that they would take flight wings and fly away that they would just leave you alone that they would get out of your life.
They would go somewhere else so you will never have to see them again by nature all of us are murderers. Then the next three manifestations of the flesh and relationships actually are in succession strife's additions and heresies board strife here is used to describe a politician who seeking an office and he is manipulating the process for self-promotion and personal gain in the church is referring to rival factions and competing parties that are motivated by somebody who is selfishly ambitious. Generally, it is a very opinionated, a person who has his own personal agenda.
He is very strong in the way.
Thanks in the knees, drawing people he's trying to garner support where people will come and follow him. That's what the word strife means the word sedition is the idea of division. It literally means standing apart instead of promoting unity among believers. These opinionated people bring strife that results in a spirit of disunion or division among church member, a dividing of the ways with inside the body.
I was in a church a few years ago and pastor told me that a lady in the church when you just taken over. The pastor came up to him and said pastor I am praying for you that God will use you to make this church, one because right now it's three. There was not a spirit of unity, but there was a growing spirit of division. The notice of third word. The word heresy comes from the word to choose means a sect or party. It's the divisive tendency among believers who are walking and selfish pride with their own agenda and they actually divide the body of the church. They make up their own distinct groups based on their own opinions. Historically, heresies become known as a doctrine that is at variance with the establish rule of faith. They break off from what is been clearly established in the word of God. They went out from among us because they were not a part of us. So what Paul is doing is just exposing to us in all kinds of various ways. The way the flash is at work in contrast to the spirit and the notice. The third area we sell religious since it was all relationships, since now we see the sense of intemperance or loss of control in the final area involves two manifestations. One is drunkenness and the other is reveling's the idea of drunkenness means intoxication. They drink alcohol and they become intoxicated.
Was it mean to begin, intoxicated, will literally means to be to lose control when is a person become intoxicated was kind of hard to know, but it takes place when there is an alteration of the way that you think is a change. For example, the Bible says be filled with the spirit and don't be drunk with wine.
When a person is filled with the spirit there under the controlling influence of the spirit so that they think differently than when then when they're in the flesh. We think differently. We respond differently so a person who is drunk is a person who, in their mind has begun to slowly lose control and there's an alteration in the way you think and the way you respond the word reveling here has the idea of wild parties is the idea and what follows from those parties and their drinking is lewdness, immorality, and people literally getting wasted. Nothing supported here to at least ask a question with regards to whether Christian can or should drink alcoholic beverages. I think we ought to ask a general question first, and that is as we look at this passage of Scripture, should a believer strive to avoid the flash altogether.
We asked the question, can a Christian drink alcoholic beverages is that the right question that there a lot of answers you could get the bad, and I'm not trying to debate it this morning.
I'm just trying to ask you the question in this passage of Scripture. According to what the apostle Paul is saying is it clear that believers should strive to avoid the flash altogether. For example, if something would lead you to adultery. Should you avoid it yes or no, absolutely. If something would lead you to idolatry.
Should you avoid it if something would lead you to hatred or strife should you intentionally avoid it. How should you respond when it comes to the matter of drunkenness, should we not avoid that which could lead to it.
Is there a verse in the Bible that speaks to this.
The answer is yes. Romans 13 verse 13 it says let us walk honestly as in the day that is. Let us walk in a proper and becoming manner not in and then he gives a list of things rioting what is rioting same word for reveling not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering what is that literally is the idea of going to bed with someone committing sexual immorality and wantonness. What is that sensuality, not in strife and innovating. So we lays out these works of the flesh of the book of Romans and the notice we says, but put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ and in so doing this what you do and make not provision for the flash to fulfill the lust thereof.
The word provision has the idea for thought. Thinking ahead, it's also the idea of Providence. God's thinking ahead and controlling. The idea is don't even go there. Don't even go there for us as believers, we should avoid it all together. So Paul is telling us the manifestations of the flash and then notice how he concludes in the conclusion is with a very strong warning and he says of such likable which I tell you before is also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God to things I want to close with number one in the in the question is what is this mean and number one it means is that when we do these things we deserve to go to hell people that commit adultery and fornication. People who live in anger and strife, intentions, people who are involved in idolatry and witchcraft. People who are in a vault and drunkenness in wild parties according to what Paul says is this. These people do not deserve to go to God's kingdom.
They deserve to go to hell is a very straightforward and then secondly, he is saying this, then a life that is dominated by these things.
The manifestations of the flesh, they are not going to happen and when he says they that do such things.
He's not speaking about the fact that a Christian can stumble and fall into sin, because according to Galatians chapter 6 verse one if a man is overtaken in a fault, spirit filled people should seek to restore them and the ideas this that a Christian can stumble a Christian can fall a Christian can give into his flesh. What he is saying is this, this is all throughout the Pauline writings that when a person becomes a Christian they experience a complete change of life. The Holy Spirit comes to live inside of them. The spirit.the human heart is the spirit is the residency of the of the Holy Spirit and when the spirit comes into the human heart. There is instantaneously a tension between the flash and the spirit and there's this ongoing conflict so that you cannot perpetually live in the flesh. Why, because the spirit of God will constantly work to oppose everything you're doing. There's going to be conviction. There's going to be a mystery. There's not going to be enjoyment and sin, but a person who professes to be a believer and they permanently and continually live in the sands of the flash without any regard to the commands of God. What is that what is that say about the person.
It says that there is no presence of the spirit of God in their life. So as we close. There's no question in my mind and I have nobody in my mind there's no question in my mind that there many of you sitting here who really do not have the spirit in you and your whole bent of your life internally is the flesh because of the way that you grown up in the way that where where you are right now you have learned how to conform to the structure that you been placed under, but the structure does not really communicate your heart that your desire is really towards the flesh Paul Lauren. I mean, Jesus warned that among the wheat, there will be tears. So as we finish, I'm calling out to some of you in our prayer for you is that you will be honest and broken of your sin and you will come to Jesus Christ and you will be born again. They would bow his together for prayer father we pray that you will now take your word and we pray Lord that there will be genuine conversions. Even this week as your spirit is working in hearts, and that there will be people whose lives have been dominated by the flash will be set free by the power of the new birth, then Lord, we pray for Christians who have fallen into the sins of the flesh. This will be a week of repentance and sorrow and returning back to walking in the spirit we ask this in Jesus name. God bless you been listening to a sermon from the study series in Galatians chapter 5 by Dr. Steve Pettit, president of Bob Jones University. For more information on Dr. Pettit series, visit our website The Daily Platform.com where you can get a copy of Steve's study booklet entitled walking in the spirit. The Kindle version is also available. Thanks for listening and join us again tomorrow as we study God's word together on The Daily Platform