“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, (20) Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, (21) 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” (Gal. 5:19-21).
The works of the flesh as revealed in the Holy Scriptures of the Bible are the seeds from which springs most if not all of the sins of the human race—sins of which will bar us from entrance into Heaven. It is of our eternal benefit that we know about the nature of these sins and how to avoid them. The Scripture above emphatically states that “they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Therefore, as a child of God or one who wishes to become a child of God in order to escape the eternal damnation awaiting the sinner, it would behoove us to know the meaning of these sins and how to avoid them.
Satan, the master deceiver is busy camouflaging and repackaging the sins of the flesh in order to trap all he can and cause their eternal downfall. Therefore, we must study God’s Word to know where we stand and be certain that Satan has not blind-sided us by pulling some wool over our spiritual eyes to blind us to the truth, which is the only thing that will set us free.
It has been said that there are four generations of people living at the same time; the aged, the middle-aged, the youth, and then the children. We are living in the last of the last days of this present world order, and the devil is having a heyday so much that only a small percentage of the present generations are conscious of the perilous nature of the sins listed above. It seems that we are not only living in the dark, but have become accustomed to it and are broad-mindedly tolerant of it.
Not much is being said anymore about the works of the flesh from our pulpits, at least not in specific terms. Therefore, our gullibility to fleshly things is insulating us to where we are numb with spiritual drowsiness and worldly intoxication.
It is as Jesus said in Matthew 13:24 and 25. “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: (25) But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.”
There has been a lot of good seed sown in the past, but while many were spiritually slumbering on the job, the enemy took advantage and sowed his fleshly seed. While our backs were turned on the truth of God’s Word, as we were busy here and there in our “innocent” reveling, the devil “spiked the punch” as it were. If we are not careful the tempting taste will call for seconds and thirds so that the effects are not sensed util the partaker wakes up lost!
Would to God that the Christian world could heed the warning in Isaiah 52:1 “Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments…” We as Christians need to be awake in these evil times, considering the admonition of our Lord in Mark 13:34-37: “For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. (35) Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: (36) Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. (37) And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”
Walter Lofton is a local pastor at the Church of God in Seth and can be reached by email at [email protected]