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Daily Bread - December 5, 2018 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 05 December 2018 12:06
Ephesians 5:3 - But fornication and impurity of any kind, or covetousness,
shall not be named once among you as true holy ones.

Here are named three acts of iniquity that are particularly offensive to
the love of God and the nature of Christ: fornication ('pornea'), impurity
('akatharsia'), and the insatiable drive to have more things ('pleonexia').
Once again, God has defined acts of sin so we may be careful not to
participate with things belonging to the demonic and cursed realm (2 Peter
2:14; Ephesians 2:2-3; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 5:9-11, 6:9-10;
Galatians 5:19-21; Colossians 3:5-9; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; 1 Timothy
1:9-10; 2 Timothy 3:2-5; Titus 3:3).

While fornication and sexual immorality may have obvious meanings, impurity
may not. Like fornication, the acts of impurity of any kind cover a broad
category of sins. This Greek word was first used in the New Testament by
Jesus to compare the spiritual condition of the religious leaders to the
decaying remains of a dead person inside of a tomb (Matthew 23:27). It is
derived from 'akathartos,' which means "unclean" in a ceremonial sense and
also in a moral sense. There is a corruption and decay found in spiritual
impurity. It is a disease that will ultimately destroy everything that is
good and that pertains to life. The acts of impurity refer to every immoral
act that man can commit. Paul used this word to refer to the acts that God
gave men over to -to defile their bodies through practices of homosexuality
and every type of destructive lust (Romans 1:24-27). Paul also used it as a
means to communicate the kind of deeds committed by those who are alienated
from the life of God (Ephesians 4:18-19).

The Greek word 'pleonexia' may be translated as "greediness," "insatiety,"
"avarice," or "covetousness." However, it simply conveys a "desire to have
more." It is derived from a compound word 'pleon-ektes', which literally
means "have more." Jesus commanded us to guard against 'pleonexia'
(covetousness) (Luke 12:15). In this verse, it is placed right alongside of
sexual depravity and impurity, and is equated to idolatry (Colossians 3:5).

Through the power of the new birth, we received the divine nature, which is
no longer under the rule of a satanic desire, but has "escaped the
corruption that is in the world through lust" (2 Peter 1:4). These fleshly
lusts still war against us, but we have all authority to stand against them
(2 Corinthians 10:3-4; 1 Peter 2:11; 1 John 2:16; Ephesians 6:10-11). Being
filled with the Spirit and the fruits of righteousness leaves no room for
the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, or the pride of life to enter
(Galatians 5:16; 1 John 2:15-16). When the abundant life of Jesus is a
wellspring within us, and the fire of God is the glory that surrounds us,
everything that pertains to life and godliness is what we crave (2 Peter
1:3-11; Hebrews 12:1-4). As God's saints, we have been honored with the
ability to imitate God and walk in the nature of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Therefore, be imitators of God as beloved children and walk in love!
(Ephesians 5:1-2)
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