Romans 6:19 KJV
I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
The hard work will be first gaining control over your body and cleaning up the temple, so it falls under our control, not control us through the lusts of the world the Body desires.
It is essential to acknowledge the Body was not created for pleasure. It is a temple, and those who defile it will suffer its destruction.
Paul mentions the one enemy, namely our “BODY,”; which must be kept under, thereby brought into subjection. By the Body, we are to understand fleshly appetites and inclinations.
These the apostle set himself to curb and conquer, and in this, the Corinthians and as well ourselves are bound to imitate him. Note: Those who would pursue the interests of their souls must beat down their bodies and keep them under control.
There must be hard combat with fleshly lusts, and not indulge a wanton appetite, and want for heathenish sacrifices, nor eat them, to please their flesh, at the hazard of their brethren’s souls. The Body must be made to serve the mind, not suffered to be lorded by it. Now I am discerning, recognizing and understanding what he meant. I was missing the mark and didn’t realize how much or more importantly [why].
Paul had evidently felt this danger to be a serious one. He had found himself tempted from time to time to rest in the name and call of an apostle, to take for granted that his Salvation was a thing past doubt and on which no more thought or effort need be extended.
He saw in a slightly altered form this temptation was common to all Christians. All have the name, not all the reality. And the mere possession of the name is a temptation to forget the Truth
Here I am wondering how many reading this article have honestly found themselves falling prey to this very same temptation? The Holy Spirit’s words are now echoing somewhat loud in my mind, how much I didn’t understand about my walk.
I know, we must work out our Salvation daily; however, for some reason, never fully comprehended the depth of those words or completely understood the depth of [why].
I knew I had Salvation and desired to draw closer to Yeshua by creating a deeper relationship. I lived giving all my love to the Lord with my heart, with my soul, and with all my might.
It never dawned on me the actual reason behind that effort; I never questioned why I just believed and committed to it, believing I was fighting the good fight. When in reality, I was like those in the games who fought with each other, who prepared themselves by beating the air, Paul says there is no room for such exercise in the Christian warfare.
He points out Christians are ever in close combat. Our enemies make fierce and hearty opposition and are always at hand.
Isaiah made it quite clear there is a highway that can be traveled on, but only those who are fully committed to God can travel “The Way of Holiness.” Yeshua spells out what alternative route is available for those who can’t or won’t move.
“The Way of Holiness” is quite evident in Matt.7:13 Enter ye at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.
Paul outlines the dangers of yielding to fleshly inclinations and pampering the Body and its lusts and appetites. He explains we need a Holy fear of ourselves and not presumptuous confidence, which is the best security against apostasy from God, and final rejection by Him. As well as defining what Isaiah meant about “unclean” now work out your Salvation is becoming clearly defined.
Revealing just how much work lies ahead and what perils and hardships we are going to encounter and face. “Remember, I said he was taking the kid gloves off.” “Well, they are off.”
“However,” there’s a feeling of peace, anticipated joy, and a sense of satisfaction. The Holy Spirit has opened my eyes as the past months have been a preparation period. So I would be prepared for what I’ve learned about the work involved to receive Eternal life and how much determination and use of my will it’s going to take. How many changes there must be in my life and personal walk and commitment to Yeshua.
To have a high opinion of our wisdom is but to flatter ourselves, and self-flattery is the next step to self-deceit. The wisdom that worldly men esteem is foolishness with God.
How justly does he despise, and how easily can he baffle and confound it! The thoughts of the wisest men in the world have vanity, weakness, and folly in them.
All this should teach us to be humble, and make us willing to be taught of God, so as not to be led away, by pretenses to human wisdom and skill, from the simple truths revealed by Christ.
It appears plainly, that all who will live godly in Christ Jesus must suffer persecution; and we must expect to enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations.
Those who confess Christ now shall be owned by him in the great day, before the angels of God. To deter us from denying Christ, and deserting his truths and ways, we are here assured that those who deny Christ, though they may thus save life itself, and though they may gain a kingdom by it, will be great losers at last; for Christ will not know them, will not own them, nor show them a favour.
As we journey many different paths will be revealed each holding different forms of trials and tribulations all designed to remove life’s dross in the form of sin.
 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
Remember, a humble servant gives these messages obedient unto our Lord Yeshua as a Watchman.
This I pray for all. ”Our Heavenly Father brings us to the river which bringeth forth fruit so we may partake of its sustenance and be filled spiritually with nurturing wisdom, and humble dedication in service to Yeshua. “Blessings to All.” As you go forward in peace, knowledge, and strength.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Robert Rombough. A Humble Servant!