The devil tempts us to sin with the desire of power, the lusting of the eyes, and the boasting of what we have (power, passion and possessions) on a daily basis. So how does a Christian who is involved in a continual battle with the world, flesh and the devil deal with sin? Our unity with Christ allows us to look back to Calvary and look forward to heaven. Our relationship, not religion, unites us with our Savior and provides a new identity which gives us the incentive to deal with sin out of an act of love and thankfulness, rather than an act to gain favor or credit. As a Christian, sin may remain, but it no longer reigns as our union in Christ provides a new identity and a new life.
5Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:2 sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6On account of these the wrath of God is coming.3 7In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self4 with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,5 free; but Christ is all, and in all.
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