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Today we are going to look at the practical content of the problem of mortifying the deeds of the body by the Spirit, as the Apostle ordered in Romans 8:13.

(Romans 8:13) “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

(8:14) “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”

Indeed, Romans 8 is the best of the many passages in the Bible that provide us practical direction of our faith in the Lord.

Therefore, it is very necessary to look carefully at these statements in Romans 8.

We learned the important points of sanctification through Romans 8:12 and 13 in the last video.

Controlling the sinful nature that still exists in us, that is to say, mortifying the lusts of sin that come out of it is one of the greatest tasks for Christians while on earth.

In other words, it is the greatest thing for Christians to eventually stand as obedient children to God, to mature to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

That is the content and reality of sanctification.

The reality of sanctification is inevitably accompanied by mortifying the sin.

Sin is to disobey God.

So it is impossible for us to obey God without mortifying the sin.

So the Apostle said:

(Romans 8:12) “So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.”

(8:13) “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

The Apostle defines that it is to sin against if you live according to the flesh.

As I mentioned several times in the previous videos, by the termfleshthe Apostle Paul refers tothe born nature from the womb of the mother.’

That nature has a inclination to sin.

Through the nature, the lusts of sin work out to disobey God.

If we follow that lust, we cannot avoid to sin against God.

So in Romans 8:5-8 the Apostle pointed out, the sinful nature leads us to sin against God.

(Romans 8:5) “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.”

(8:6) “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”

(8:7) “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot.”

(Romans 8:8) “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

In Romans 8:13, the Apostle described the act of leading to disobedience to God according to the fleshly mind, the reality of sin, asthe deeds of the body.’

For our God's children, controlling and restraining the body's conduct is a must because of God's ultimate purpose for us.

Sin, that is the deeds of the body, is a betrayal against God, who loved us and saved us by grace in Christ.

It is also against our status in the hope of God's glory.

(Psalm 116:12) “What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me?

(116:13) “I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD,”

(Psalm 116:14) “I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.”

(Romans 8:29) “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”

(8:30) “And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”

In light of God's grace and ultimate purpose for us, the Apostle commanded us to put to the death our deeds of body.

Only then will our spirits have the valid vitality of eternal life.

(Romans 8:13) “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

Then the Apostle's orders stir us to give the following question.

What method dose the Holy Spirit apply in order to put to the death the deeds of our body?

How does the Spirit of God work to control our body's conduct?

It is very necessary to ponder this.

In his book Mortification of Sin, John Owen argued that there are lessons for the exercise of mortifying the sin in Church history.

Among them are several proposals made by the popes who ruled the Middle Millennium.

John Owen said that they have been making and implementing a number of regulations that God has never required us for mortifying the deeds of the body.

Owen said that among those regulations there were the confessional, abstinence, temperance rules, and the various rules of life established for the monks.

Such rules were made out of literally interpreting the word 'deeds of body’, and were applied directly to physical flesh and bones of human being.

As I have pointed out many times before, in the eighth chapter of Romans by the wordsbody, fleshthe Apostle Paul does not refer to the bones and flesh of our bodies.

By the wordsflesh, bodyhe refers to our sinful nature protesting against God.

Therefore if we try to control or mortify our physical activities in order to achieve our goal of putting to death the deeds of body, we would astray far away from the target which the Apostle Paul give us in these texts of Chapter 8 of Romans.

No matter how much mortifying your body, you can't have any effect on putting to death the lust of sin dwelling in the depth of your heart.

In fact, all religions and philosophical lessons in the world outside of biblical Christianity are almost systems of instruction that touches on the man himself in order to save him from evil.

Of course, their sincere attitudes for solving life's problems deserve a good rating.

But what a doctor misdiagnosed on a illness of a patient can be offset by his sincere attitude of him?

If a teaching cannot produce the true effect that it is aiming for, it is already out of the truth.

We must recall here the centrality of God's way of saving us from sin.

God has never touched us directly in order to save us from our sins with great mercy.

In the light of the Bible, if God comes directly to us in sin, it is already a disaster and our destruction itself.

So from the Old Testament times, God taught His own people the point.

Moses pleaded with God to show him His glory.

Listen to God's response to his plea.

(Exodus 33:19) “And he said, ‘I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name The LORD. And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.”

(33:20) “But,‘ he said, ‘you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.’

(33:21) “And the LORD said, ‘Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock,’

(33:22) “and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by.”

(Exodus 33:23) “Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.”

Now, God did not reveal his glory in a direct way to Moses who wanted to see God's glory here.

What did God say to Moses?

God the Lord pointed Moses to see one place next to Him and the rock there, and said, “Stand there.”

Then God placed him in the rock and covered him with God's hand before God's glory passed.

God did not allow him to look at God's face, but to look behind God's back.

Therefore, there was an intercessor between God and Moses, who held him alive without dying in the sight of God's glory.

In saving us from sin, God did not aim to improve ourselves, but instead sent His Son Jesus Christ to receive His Wrath against us in Christ's real body and blood on behalf of us.

In other words God did not touch us to save us from sin, but touched Christ the Son of God, our Lord Jesus.

God killed His Son, our Lord, in order to save us who are dead in sin.

(Isaiah 55:3) “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”

(53:5) “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”

(Isaiah 53:6) “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turnedevery one--to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

Therefore, his resurrection was God's great declaration that we lived forever to God.

(Romans 4:25) “who(Jesus) was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for sour justification.”

After we are justified freely by faith in Christ, God does not touch directly us in order to cleanse us from the pollution and influence of sin.

The Holy Spirit in us does not use a way of mechanically overwhelming or oppressing us.

The Apostle's expression, ‘Puting to death the dees of the body by the Spiritdoes not refer to such a mechanical way.

Rather, the Holy Spirit does not take the way of repressing our personality, but gives us holy light so that we will have right thoughts, right consciousness, and right perception by volunteering before God.

Thus the Holy Spirit works to give us the light to have holy perception and the power necessary for obedience.

The real action of putting to death deeds of body is not of the Holy Spirit but of ourselves.

Therefore, being led by the Holy Spirit does not mean that we commit ourselves to the Holy Spirit's mysterious work and we do nothing.

There are many lessons that teach you to depend on the Holy Spirit in such a way.

Such lessons come from unbiblical mysticism or charismatic movement.

The real action of mortifying the sin is our personal struggle against the lust of sin according to the Holy Spirit, who gives grace through the word of God and prayer.

In repeatedly saying, it is not the Holy Spirit who puts to death the deeds of body for us.

For our real action of mortifying the our sins we must mobilize every function of our personality including our intelligence, our affections and emotions, our will.

That is why the mortification of sin involves our whole personality.

What is it that we are powered by the Holy Spirit?

It means, that we believe and rely on the Holy Spirit who pours out all the resources and the power necessary to obey God's Word wholeheartedly.

What is the point of the Holy Spirit working as a Comforter in us?

Our Lord Jesus has answered that question.

(John 16:13) “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”

(16:14) “He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

(16:15) “All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

Likewise, the purpose of the Holy Spirit in us as the Comforter is to make us stand firm in Christ according to the will of our Heavenly Father.

So when the Holy Spirit came on Pentecost according to Jesuspromise, Jesus' disciples had a perfect and sufficient understanding of the gospel of Christ.

They had a organic understanding of Jesus and His works including His birth, His life on the earth, His suffering, death, resurrection, ascension, presence at the right hand of God, and His Second Coming, in along with the Old Testament.

So, as Jesus said, they had the true qualification of true witness for Christ.

(Ac 1:8) “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Those Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit and became true witnesses of the gospel of Christ, and they grew up to be worthy of God's call by right faith in Christ.

This is not only true of the Apostles.

Of course, our general saints cannot share the duties and gifts of the Apostles who were the first Gospel ministers.

But as the Apostles taught, all the saints in Christ should be same with Apostles in that they strengthened themselves through the Holy Spirit in order to overcome the sinful nature and the lust of sin.

So, as the Apostle Paul says in Romans 8:13, in what pattern shall be revealed the action of mortifying the deeds of body by the spirit?

It is revealed in our practice life, which is a result of overcoming the sin and world's trends and Satan's tricks in the grace in Christ through the means of grace that God has given to our believers.

Dear saints, What means of grace did God allow His children on earth to be strong in Christ?

The Holy Spirit impresses and empowers the saints through the very means of grace.

In Calvin's understanding, the Word of God, Prayer, and Sacrament in the Church are the means of grace.

The Church of God is the place where the means of grace are gathered together, is the Father's house, the pillar of truth and the ground where the mystery of godliness reigns.

(1 Timothy 3:15) “If if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.”

(1 Timothy 3:16) “Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.”

Therefore, there is a reason why all of Christians should have a normal church life while on earth.

The Church is the house of Heavenly Father, the sanctuary of God, the pillar of truth and the body of Christ.

Therefore, the saints should gather together in Church to worship God and to be taught with the Word of God, to be anointed with the Holy Spirit in along with prayer and sacrament.

Through personal godliness, we receive grace through meditation and prayer according to the Word of God.

In other words, through such that path, the Comforter Spirit gives us the grace we need for our souls.

Dear saints, What is the center of God's grace?

The effect of our Lord Jesus Christ and His redemption on the cross is at the heart of God's grace.

So the Apostle Paul always centered the grace of Christ and his ransom on his teachings.

(1Corinthians 2:1) “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom.”

(2:2) “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

(2:3) “And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,”

(2:4) “and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,”

(1 Corinthians 2:5) “so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

When the Apostle Paul served the Corinthian church for a year and six months in the providence of God, he always witnessed only the words of the gospel.

The word of the gospel is a system of instruction centered on our Lord Jesus Christ and His crucifixion, death and resurrection.

The Apostle Paul, however, did not rely on his mastery or his ingenuity.

OnlyJesus Christ and His Crucifixiontestified purely.

He did not use his ingenuity to get people to understand the sermon.

Rather, he was very weak, fearful, and trembling, dependent only on the Spirit of God.

What is the reason?

(1 Corinthians 2:4) “and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,”

(2:5) “so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

And then the apostle emphasized the necessity of absolute dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit.

(2:9) “But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him

(2:10) “these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.”

(2:11) “For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”

(1 Corinthians 2:12) “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.”

Therefore, what practice does the phrase, “if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live,” refer to?

Through the Bible, we reflect on the grace of Christ and His redemption, God's ultimate purpose for us, applying it to ourselves, and praying for it.

It is the Holy Spirit who raises up in us spiritual desire and power for such practices.

So by the phraseby the Spirit,’ the Apostle directs us to do as follows.

Live a life that depends on the Holy Spirit, who helps us to concentrate the mystery of godliness in Christ and makes us stand in it.

Then, working in us, the Holy Spirit will pour out desire and power to obey God's will.

In this way, we overcome our lust of sin and go to the actual obedience to God.

Psalms 1 and 119 show us the practice of saints under the Old Dispensation for mortifying the deeds of the body by the Spirit.

Of course, the words of the psalms are the living words of God that give the greater light to us in whom the Holy Spirit is indwelling as the Comforter in Christ.

So concentrate on the death and resurrection of Christ and His Crucifixion when your lust of sin arises.

Then the Holy Spirit will make us thank God for His grace of salvation and give us power to control the lust of sin in us.

Then the lust of sin that already occurs in us loses strength and our spiritual vitality overcomes sin.

(Romans 8:12) “So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.”

(8:13) “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

(8:14) “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”

In this regard, listen again to Philippians 2.

(Philippians 2:12) “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,”

(2:13) “for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”

(2:14) “Do all things without grumbling or disputing,”

(2:15) “that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,”

(2:16) “holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.”

Then listen to Colossians 2:6 and belows.

(Colossians 2:6) “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,”

(2:7) “rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

(2:8) “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.”

(2:9) “For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,”

(2:10) “and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.”

(2:11) “In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,”

(2:12) “having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.”

(2:13) “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,”

(2:14) “by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.”

(2:15) “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”

(2:16) “Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.”

(2:17) “These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.”

(2:18) “Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,”

(Colossians 2:19) “and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.”

Dear friends,

There were many lessons against the gospel when the Apostle sent this letter to the Colossians.

Even though Jesus Christ came to the reality of all the typologies and patterns of the Old Testament, and accomplished all that was foreshadowed by the shadows, there were still those who struggled to overcome sin by keeping the Mosaic Law regulars.

In the Epistle to Colossians the Apostle pointed out that they were in vain.

Some worshiped angels in humility.

They said, “How can we serve the Most High God directly?”

There were those who taught people that they should serve the Lord through the mediation of angels who are serving God at closest distance.

But they have not yet come into contact with the grace of knowing the glory of the atonement of Christ's cross, the center of the gospel, because the Holy Spirit did not come on them.

So they tried to put other mediators between God and us than Jesus.

That was why they wanted to make angels their mediator.

In the days of the Apostles, there were those who would exaggerate God's will, which made the status of men on earth less than angels, to establish angels as intercessors between God and us.

In their saying they showed their thinking that it is humble for them to go through intercession of angels rather than to go directly to the Most High God and Christ.

Even today, the Roman Catholic Church is condemned by the words of Colossians because she asks her members to plea to so-called Virgin Mary or the Saints to pray for dead member of their family.

So the Apostle said.

(Colossians 2:18) “Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,”

(2:19) “and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.”

(2:20) “If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations--”

(2:21) “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch

(2:22) “(referring to things that all perish as they are used)--according to human precepts and teachings?”

(Colossians 2:23) “These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.”

Dear friends,

Such others areof no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.”

Only to follow the Holy Spirit working with the effect of Christ and the Atonement of the Cross can put to death the deeds of the body and lead the life of the soul to its powerful vitality.

(Romans 8:12) “So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.”

(8:13) “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

((Romans 8:14) “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”

Blessed are those who rely on the work of the Holy Spirit, who always apply to us with the effect of Christ's redemption according to the will of God the Father.

Only they can put to death the deeds of body, the lust of sin, and overcome it.

At this point I am going to end this video.

Please May our Lord protect me and you under His grace to overcome sin through the Holy Spirit until the next video.

Thank You.

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