Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 2
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Traditional view—sexual act between married to otherwise married people. Looketh to lust—with the intent of adultery, gaze that feeds the desire. Also seems to extend beyond married people.
--Next subject is divorce—treated marriage flippantly, cancelled their marriage so they could pursue adulterous desires that would no longer be adultery if not married.
John 8—woman caught in adultery—in the very act. Deserving of being stoned. Jesus did not stone her or condemn her.
And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Offend—cause you to sin, ensnares. If you can’t keep that thing without leading you to sin, get rid of it. Strike at the root of the problem. Does not mention changing other people’s behavior! Cast into hell—people who don’t seriously battle sin end up in hell.
Romans 8:12-13—spiritual reality
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors [obligated], not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Debtors—we owe the flesh no more service. Obligated to Spirit not flesh.
Mortify—put to death, make extinct, destroy, atrophy. You die either way. But voluntarily killing sin leads to eternal life. People who don’t do battle with sin don’t end up with life.
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience
Members—each member of the body. Wrath—unchecked sin deserves God’s wrath.
Romans 6:11-13—practical reality
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Sin reign—don’t let it get control and rule the body. Yield—present for service.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Lay aside—put away, throw away. Sin—sin that clings to us, lays around waiting to get us off track. Beset—skillfully surrounding. Patience—persevering endurance.
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
Resisted—set battle line in order.
Against sin—sin is personified as the opponent to be defeated. You will do everything possible, even up to injury or death, to resist sin.
--rather than facing the opponent in the arena, we shrink from the fight and surrender.