|1 Peter 2:10-11 |
10 Who in times past were not a people but now are the people of God; who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
11 Dearly beloved, I beg you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts that war against the soul;4 ["Flee youthful lusts, but aim at and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace..." 2 Tim 2:22. "Flee sexual immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside his body, but he who commits sexual immorality, sins against his own body." 1 Cor 6:18. From the Word of the Lord within: "The greatest desires are fleshly. Mankind's failure — sexual immorality. A man must learn control of his body. Restraint of sin is not enough; salvation is being freed from even the desire of your sins. We must be shown the extent of our sexual desires. Only a heart that is purged of sin is acceptable to God. Do not be confused; do not be misled; you must break a suspected action. There is a war you must win: sin must be overcome; the fleshly lusts war against your soul." George Fox wrote: "The spirit of God is grieved, vexed, and quenched with what brings into the fleshly bondage; and what wars against the spirit of God must be mortified by it for the flesh lusts against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to each other. The flesh would have its liberty, and the spirit would have its liberty; but the spirit is to have its liberty, and not the flesh."]
4 Peter is begging believers to abstain from fleshly lusts. Lust is to want something; something to pleasure the flesh, something to please the eye. Lust is taking, love is giving. Lust is selfish, love considers others. Lust is covetous. Sexual immorality stems from lust. The fulfillment of your desires has to be abstained from, but to get rid of the desires, they have to be crucified by the power of God. You cannot just believe and continue to live in you lusts without being banned from heaven when you die. You can be sure: No sexually immoral, or impure, or covetous person, (covetousness is idolatry), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with vain words. For because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Eph 5:5-6.