Psalm 119 – Part 14B
August 28, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 14C
August 30, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 14B
August 28, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 14C
August 30, 2013

You Don’t Owe Anything to the Flesh

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee.  2013

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee. 2013

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. Romans 8:12

This “therefore” includes everything Paul has said back to Romans 6:1. In 7:18, He says, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:” The spirit is renewed, but the influence of sinful flesh has not been renewed.

Paul says, “Brethren” or in Greek “adelphos”. Here it seems he is talking to Christian brothers and sisters. He begins to address problems Christians face. One of those problems is the flesh or sin nature.

We are not in debt to the flesh. We don’t owe the flesh anything. It has not done us good; and in fact, almost kept us from coming to a saving knowledge of God. We don’t owe the old ways anything. They were ways that kept us defeated.

We don’t have to live by those old ways, which we were powerless to overcome. Jesus paid all the debts we owed. Therefore, we don’t have to stay defeated.

The word “after” is mostly translated “according to.” We don’t have to live according to the dictates of the flesh. The flesh wants to pull us down. The Spirit wants to pull us up. Jesus has redeemed us from the curse, but it is still out there. We must renew our minds through the word of God. We have grace to overcome the flesh.

Some people receive salvation by faith, but they don’t learn about the grace of God that has removed all condemnation and sin. They no longer have to live under the dominion of sin and the flesh. This is part of the growth and maturing of the believer. His motivation is no longer to do the law, but to love. He owes the flesh nothing. You don’t owe your pound of flesh.