July 13, 2003
“Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence” -
III John 9
Our attitude - “He must increase, but I must decrease”
Case studies in the Bible of what happened to
Miriam & Aaron, Korah, Nadab & Abihu.
v. 13 - “by love serve one another” - In love be in
bondage to one another!
I Cor. 3:3 - Example of the flesh thwarting & defeating
the desires of the Spirit.
v. 16 - God has graciously sent forth His Spirit to help
us deal with “this present evil world” - ch. 1:4
v. 17 - Although the flesh is still at work within prompting
desires away from holiness, yet the Spirit is with
us originating desires after that which is good,
and will help against inclinations to evil if only
one would surrender to His guidance.
Experience the truth of I Cor. 10:13
A conflict between the promptings of the flesh
and the prompts of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is a Mighty Ally - “I can do all things
through Christ who strengtheneth me” - Phil. 4:13
v. 19 - “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are
(1)Sensuality - v. 19
(2) Malignity - v. 20 - malignant - malicious -
One should have learned in Card Class about evils
in one’s life as the result of seeing, walking, handling,
(the most prominent & noticeable forms of degradation
from what God had intended)
One cannot be involved in carnal entertainment like
MTV, R & X rated movies at home or the movie house
and fall on your knees & have sweet fellowship with
God at the same time.
v. 19 - Everyone has libidos - Heb. 13:4 - “Marriage is
honorable in all and the bed undefiled but whore-
mongers & adulterers, God will judge”
God is not out of date, God sees what is going on when it comes
to pornea, sodomy or homosexuality.
Let the prompting of the Holy Spirit be your guide
& strength in the course of life - vs. 16,18 & 25
Walking by the Spirit is absolutely incompatible with
an indulgence in the inclinations of the flesh!
It takes work on our part - diligent trying -
* filial love toward God
* virtuous conduct towards fellow man
Rom. 5:5-9 - fatal consequences of the flesh
vs. 22-23 - The Spirit’s influence which brings
immunity from the censure of the Law
Paul concedes that the desires of the flesh may be felt
by one walking in the Spirit but that it will be
impossible for such a one to carry it out to full accomplishment.
v. 19 - Personal, private life of a sinner - incompatiblity
of a spiritual walk with the fulfillment of the desires
of the flesh.
(An ugly brood of sensual sins, religious sins, personal sins)
“manifest” - outcome of an evil nature - works of darkness.
Pornea - first group - offenses against chastity.
“lasciviousness” - reckless shamelessness in unclean
(Uncleanness used of the men of Sodom - II Pet. 2:17)
v. 20 - Sins of irreligion
The use of drugs/black arts, magic, sorcery.
Malignity - “hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife,
seditions, heresies” - the antithesis of love which is the
essence of goodness!
Party factions - jealousy, envy, rivalry, strife, divisions/boiling
“heresies” - (choice) - choice of views - way of thinking.
Vines Expository Dictionary - “that which is chosen, an
opinion, especially a self-willed opinion, which is substituted
for submission to truth revealed” - leads to division, sects
in II Pet. 2:1.
Pro Choice is
a MORAL HERESY!
Malediction of God - ch. 1:6-9 - Back to square one!
Any philosophy or doctrine that tampers with the gospel
as revealed from God is a heresy - view of man’s own
devising & choosing - NOW IN THE CHURCH.
Their spiritual genesis was apart from the True Church
and is incapable of being amalgamated with it.
(Dr. Haile, my dentist - amalgam please)
I Tim. 4:1
Col. 2:19a - “and not holding the Head” - a breaking
away from “the Head”
v. 21 - Sins of excess - “drunkenness, revellings and such
like” - not a complete list.
A VERY SERIOUS PENALTY - “that they which do such
things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God”
Bondage to the flesh in this life is constantly declared
throughout the New Testament to form an insuperable
bar to an entrance into Heaven.
Works of the flesh contrasted with Fruit of the Spirit.
John 15 - “fruit.....more fruit......much fruit”
Wholesome - state of mind - habits of feeling.
v. 22 - “love, joy, peace” - a conscious state of reconciliation
“longsuffering, gentleness, goodness” - sweetness of
disposition, a compliant willlingness to be of service to
“faith” - “receive with meekness the engrafted word”
Consider Philippians 4:8
v. 23 - “meekness” - the humble submissiveness to the teaching
of Divine revelation which stands in contrast with that self-
reliant, headstrong, impulsiveness which in the temperament of the Celt was apt to hurry him into the adoption of novel ideas which he had not taken time to see through!!!!!!
“temperance” -self-control stands in opposition to
fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, drunkenness & revelling mentioned.
v. 24 - “have crucified the flesh with the affections & lusts” -
the soul chasing objects which it is wrong to pursue.
(these affections & desires which are so hard to control
& which at the same time are so fatal to one’s welfare)
Contrast vs. 15 and 26
A contentious spirit rife with seeking vain-glory &
self-vaunting - another weakness of the Celtic race.
The challenging of those who feel themselves strong
and the envying on the part of those who felt themselves
weak - both faults being traceable to one and the same
root - the excessive wish to be “THOUGHT MUCH OF”