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SEPTEMBER 24

 

I keep my body under, and bring it into subjection: lest. . . I myself should be a castaway1.Cor. 9:27

 

There is a tendency for the body, the flesh, to arise from its condition of reckoned deadness; hence, the new nature needs to be continually on the alert to maintain its ascendency, to fight the good fight of faith and to gain the prize as an overcomer. These battlings of the new mind against the flesh are a good fight in the sense that they are fightings against sins and weaknesses that belong to the fallen nature. They are a fight of faith in the sense that the entire course of the Christian is a course of faith, as the Apostle says, “We walk by faith and not by sight.” ... It is a fight of faith in the sense that no one could keep up this battle against his own flesh and its propensities and de­sires, except as he can exercise faith in the promises and in the Lord as his Helper.

 

 

Parallel passages: 1.Cor. 9: 25, 26; 2.Cor. 6: 4, 5; Rom. 8:13; Acts 1: 25; 2.Pet. 2:15; Eph. 4: 22; Col.3: 5; Jer. 6:30; Luke 9:25; 2.Cor. 13:5,6.

 

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