COL 3:5, Consider the members of your earthly body dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed.


May 6, 2018

Grace Bible Church
Pastor-Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday,
May 6, 2018

Under Freedom we have been noting the Ten Commandments = Commandment #7 – designed for freedom in the Protection of Marriage – Exo 20:14  “You shall not commit adultery.”

COL 3:5  Therefore consider the members of your earthly body [eyes, ears, hands, feet], as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.

There are five nouns coming up in this verse and they all have to so with some different aspect of sexual sins.

The five sins mentioned are mentioned by the words, immorality, impurity, passion, evil desires, greed, which all are said to be some sort of a manifestation of demonic worship or the worship of idolatry.

  1. Immorality = porneian – refers to fornication or sexual immorality between a man and a woman outside of the marital realm.

Normally fornication refers to sexual activity outside of marriage, whereas adultery usually refers to one or both who are married but having sexual relations with those outside their marriage.

There is a destructive force that happens within the body when fornication, promiscuity and adultery are committed; 1Co 6:13‑18 =  destructive force is the effect that these sins have upon the body.

That the destructive force is usually manifested by the man becoming impotent while the woman becomes frigid or both can no longer have any true and real response or pleasure from the sex.

That destructive force is in view in HEB 13:4 where the Bible says “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”

“being undefiled” means that when the married man and woman decide on what is permitted and condoned in the realm of sex is between the man and the woman.

We are back to the principle of privacy and intimacy in the sexual realm and what the two agree on sexually is that which is allowed by the two adults involved.

This is not talking about salvation but your escrow blessings for time and eternity.

The body is not intended for sexual immorality, but is intended for the Lord, and the Lord is intended for the body to save, sanctify, and raise it again.

This says to get rid of immorality and all sexual looseness and to flee from impurity in thought, word, or deed.

Because any other sin which a man commits is one outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.

You were bought with a price purchased with a preciousness of the life of Christ, 1Pe 1:18-19.

Anything that attacks the female body also attacks her soul.

The reason for teaching this is for guidance and direction in a subject that God has created for the purpose of virtue, happiness, stimulation and pleasure …..and that is SEX!

When a woman is not satisfied or responsive in sex, it can lead to lesbianism or nymphomania, which is why a lot of women go to strip bars and eventually enter into lesbianism.

For the male species, his failure to function properly in the sexual realm leads him to inferior actions and eventually such sins like homosexuality.

The Bible teaches that the preparation for a great sex life is persistent daily metabolization of doctrine.

Because PVTD increases one’s ability to care for others and to satisfy their sexual desires or needs which is the attitude that is needed in the sexual relationship.

Caring for others and fulfilling their needs is a manifestation of the individual’s desires…….so that PVTD carries over into a life of caring and happiness accompanied by virtue.

immorality = porneian – refers to fornication or sexual immorality between a man and a woman outside of the marital realm.

  1. Next is the accusative singular noun akathasian translated impurity which means uncleanness, religious impurity, unnatural sexual activity.

Abnormal sex includes incest, homosexuality, lesbianism, indecent exposure, masturbation, child molestation, bestiality, sodomy, and other forms of abnormal sexual activity is prohibited.

  1. Incest is forbidden as we noted in Lev 18:6‑17, Deu 27:20,22; 1Co 5:1‑7.

Incest is ssexual relations between people classed as being too closely related to marry each other or the crime of having sexual intercourse with a parent, child, sibling, or grandchild.

  1. Homosexuality is forbidden: Lev 18:22, 20:13; its penalty was death.
  2. Bestiality is forbidden: Lev 18:23, 20:15. Animal and man were both killed in punishment.  Deu 27:21.
  3. Pimping and prostitution are also forbidden, Lev 19:29; Deu 23:17.

One writer says; “Don’t violate your daughter by making her a whore‑‑the whole country would soon become a brothel, filled with filthy and cheap sex.”

  1. Rape is forbidden and punishable by death, Deu 22:25-27.
  2. Other forms of abnormal sex that are forbidden include necrophilia, pederasty, voyeurism.

All of these forms of abnormal sex are in view in the noun akathasian translated impurity.

Now, impurity or the noun akathasian also refers to uncleanness and religious impurity, as we have noted.

Mat 23:27, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.

This word refers to both moral and spiritual impurity and is actually used to describe the overall status of the O.S.N. in Gal 5:19.

pathos = lustful or emotional passion, this refers to abnormal sex lust, not abnormal sex but abnormal sex lust.

In the Phallic cult of the ancient world, voyeurism was one of the main attractions and functions.

Voyeurism is obtaining sexual gratification from seeing sex organs and sexual acts and using them for sexual stimulation.

Mat 5:28  But I say to you, that everyone who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.

This word pathos refers to depraved passion as found in ROM 1:26, For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,

This word was used in classical Greek for emotions that were often stronger than man’s ability to control them.

Paul used this word three times to mean a distinct sense of perverse erotic passion, ROM 1:26, COL 3:5, 1Th 4:5.

This word is used in ROM 1:26   For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,

COL 3:5   Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion,

The fourth noun mentioned is the accusative singular noun epithumian plus the adjective kaken which means evil desire or lust.

Lasciviousness = still dealing with one major problem in Colosse and in the Lycos valley which is the influence of the Phallic cult.

Lust is the overwhelming desire for something; a passionate desire; an illicit, uncontrolled, overwhelming desire which originates from the old sin nature and gains the cooperation of your volition.

Lust divorces the believer from reality, causing unrealistic expectation which eliminates understanding and using the problem solving devices.

Lust also destroys spiritual self-esteem and replaces it with inordinate desire related to self-gratification.

There are two categories of lust:  unfulfilled lust and fulfilled lust.

Unfulfilled lust causes direct frustration and intensifies the desires involved.

Fulfilled lust does not bring the anticipated happiness, and therefore, operation boomerang, the third stage of reversionism, occurs.

Happiness and contentment come from relationship with God and the understanding of His grace provision, grace policy, and the use of the problem solving devices.

Lust destroys the believer’s motivation to glorify God and replaces it with self-promoting motivation.

Lust causes the believer to become dishonest with himself, and therefore, dishonest with others.

Lust divorces the believer from reality so that every mechanic of the Christian way of life is distorted.

Lust can only be overcome through spiritual momentum, spiritual growth, the advance to spiritual adulthood through PMA of B.D.

“and greed” is the conjunction “kai [and] ten [the] and then the accusative singular noun, pleonexian which means covetousness, greedy, also refers to an insatiable appetite for sexual activity.

“which” =  a qualitative relative pronoun and it should be translated which category of things…a reference to the five nouns mentioned in this verse referring to the Phallic cult.

COL 3:5   Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, [moral and spiritual] impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, or an insatiable appetite for sexual activity], which amounts to idolatry.

“amounts to” is the pre-act-ind of eimi which is estin, which category of things “keeps on being”

 

COL 3:5   Therefore, consider the members of your earthly body [such as your eyes, ears, feet, hands, etc.] as dead to immorality [sexual activity outside of marriage] impurity [abnormal sexual activity],

passion [abnormal sex lust], evil desire [an illicit, uncontrolled, overwhelming desire for sex], and greed [an insatiable appetite or craving for sexual activity], and then a very shocking statement which keeps on amounting to idolatry or the worship of idols or demons.

The Lords                                                                       Supper

According to ancient sources, one of the cruelest and most humiliating forms of punishment in the ancient world was,  crucifixion.

The Jewish historian Josephus best described it following the siege of Jerusalem by the Romans in AD 70 as “the most wretched of deaths.” And stated that suicide is preferable to the cruel fate of being put on the cross.

Think of the fact that the Jewish people did not use a cross or a tree for capital punishment, therefore consider the odds of the Lord Jesus Christ having to die on a cross by the hands of the Jews —- a capital punishment!

The crucifixion allowed our Lord to fulfill such prophecies as the brazen serpent being lifted up on a pole, Numbers 21:9.

NUM 21:9  And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.

The fact that people would watch Him as He was suffering publicly was also fulfilled, Psa 22:7-8.

PSA 22:7  All who see me sneer at me; They separate with the lip, they wag the head, {saying,}

PSA 22:8 “Commit {yourself} to the Lord; let Him deliver him; Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”

The fact that His hands and feet would be pierced, PSA 22:16.

PSA 22:16  For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.

The fact that not one of His bones would be broken, PSA 34:20.

PSA 34:20  He keeps all his bones; Not one of them is broken.

The fact that they would offer The Lord Jesus Christ gall and vinegar, PSA 69:21.

PSA 69:21  They also gave me gall for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

ISA 53:12  Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death,

And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.

Then there was the piercing of Jesus’ side, ZEC 12:10.

ZEC 12:10   “And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced;

and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first‑born.

DEU 21:22  “And if a man has committed a sin worthy of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree,

DEU 21:23  his corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day (for he who is hanged is accursed of God), so that you do not defile your land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance.

The cross therefore was the electric chair, the gas chamber, the lethal injection of first century Rome and its many provinces and captive lands.

At different times something will trigger your memory and suddenly you will recall things or an event or a person or a situation which floods into your conscious mind.