Galatians 5:24: Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its lusts and desires.
Purpose of This Exercise:
“Works,” as a word, has become almost a cuss word in many Evangelical circles. Affirming constantly that we are to be careful to maintain good works, as Titus is told to do (3:8), is frowned upon. Doing so requires constant reminders that we are not saved by works.
This is not what we find in Scripture. The apostles don’t apologize for exhorting us to good works. They don’t apologize for warning us, and they certainly don’t stop to remind us that we are saved apart from works.
We are at 25 passages so far. I’m shooting for 180, six months worth.
Somehow, it seems to me, that 180 calls to good works, without apology and without reminders of our salvation by faith alone, should be sufficient to motivate us to follow those examples. Does that not seem reasonable to you?