A war on two fronts

Our war against sin has two fronts.

When we are redeemed the war against sin is very obvious, and the enemy very conspicuous. The sins of the flesh stand out and are sensed so clearly, just like the terrible stench of a rotting carcass makes hiding that carcass near on impossible. They stand out like a sore thumb.

Yet, further down the track, after the obvious sins of the flesh appear to have been put away, the war shifts to a second front, a more private war, and yet just as deadly.

The first front is the obvious sins of the flesh, the second front, “spiritual” sins, which are just as much of the flesh, and yet have a spiritual disguise. Blatant pride is put away, but then “spiritual” pride takes its place, which is just as much pride as the pride of the wicked. Stealing is put away, but then appears again in a “spiritual” manifestation – using “spiritual” manipulation to get money out of people, which is just the same as stealing. Idols are put away, then later, new “spiritualized” idols are created. Covetousness and the love of money get a spiritual makeover… And on and on.

How can sin ever be transformed into righteousness? How can sin be Photoshopped into looking like Jesus? Turn on the TV preachers and see for yourself.

So, at the start the war is very simple, and the enemy obvious, but later it gets complicated, and the enemy shifts to the enemy within.

At the start, it’s just over the things we do outwardly, but as we grow to maturity in Christ the focus becomes more than just the outward sins of the flesh, and more toward WHAT TYPE OF PEOPLE WE ACTUALLY ARE INSIDE. At the beginning we may think we have died to self, but then “self” raises his ugly head further down the track, but this time he has a “spiritual” cloak, he reinvents himself with a “spiritual” justification.

We find that God our Father requires MUCH more than simply changing our outward behavior, but rather transforming and conforming our whole being into the very image of His Son, Jesus Christ (Rom 8:29, 2 Cor 3:18, Col 3:10).

2 Responses to “A war on two fronts”

  1. ian vincent Says:

    How can sin ever be transformed into righteousness? How can sin be Photoshopped into looking like Jesus?

    But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them who desire occasion; that when they glory, they may be found even as we. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
    (2 Cor 11:12-15)
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    That I may cut off occasion from them who desire occasion; that when they glory, they may be found even as we

    If we can we should try and stop people when they try to get glory for themselves.

  2. Jesus Wins Says:

    And that private war is more insidious with the counterattacks than the public war.

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