The Works of the Flesh Part 2

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 

There are seventeen works of the flesh, continued: Seditions. [Greek: dichostasia] “divisions” (Rom. 16:17; 1Cor. 3:3); “seditions, parties, and factions” (5:20). Popular disorder; stirring up strife in religion, government, home, or any other place. Heresies. [Greek: hairesis] heresy (5:20; Acts 24:14; 1Cor, 11:19; 2Pet. 2:1). The word itself has no evil meaning. It simply refers to a doctrinal view or belief at variance with the recognized and accepted tenets of a system, church, or party. The word heretic is used once in Scripture (Tit. 3:10), and means one who holds a heresy; a dissenter, nonconformist. It only takes on an evil meaning when sound doctrine is rejected and fallacy is accepted and taught in preference to the truth. If the doctrine is unsound and one dissent from the main body who holds the fallacy, then he is a heretic in a good sense. The word signifies a sect or party, whether good or bad, distinguished from all other sects and parties. It formerly was applied to different sects of heathen philosophers. The church of Rome uses it only in an evil sense to apply to all who cannot go along with their many dogmas and rituals that have been added for many centuries to the pure teachings of the Christian faith. Envyings. [Greek: phthonoi] (5:21; Matt. 27:18; Mark 15:10; Rom. 1:29; Php. 1:15; 1Tim. 6:4; Tit. 3:3; Jas. 4:5; 1Pet. 2:1) Pain, ill will, and jealousy at the good fortune or blessings of another; the basest of all degrading and disgraceful passions. Murders. [Greek: phonoi] to kill; to spoil or mar the happiness of another; hatred (1Jn. 3:15). Drunkenness. [Greek: methai] (5:21; Luke 21:34; Rom. 13:13). Living intoxicated; a slave to drink; drinking bouts. Revellings. [Greek: komoi] (5:21; 1Pet. 4:3); rioting (Rom. 13:13). Lascivious and boisterous feastings, with obscene music, and other sinful activities; pleasures; carousing.

Four divisions of these sins: 4 Sins of lust, nos. 1-4 (5:19); 2 sins of impiety and superstition, nos. 5-6 (5:20); 9 sins of temper, nos. 7-15 (5:20-21); 2 sins of appetite: eating and drinking, nos. 16-17 (5:21).

‘They which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.’ This is the first New Testament prophecy in Galatians (5:21). No man who commits these sins will ever inherit the kingdom of God unless he confesses and puts them out of his life (1Cor. 6:9-11). Let any man claim that he can be saved and yet live in these sins and the coming judgments will decide whether he or the Word of God is right.

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