Works of the Flesh

Galatians 5:19. “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness.”

This is a really good graphic, and it will take you to other passages dealing with this awful list of the works of the flesh, which are clear and apparent (manifest).  I’m going to do a vocabulary list here, each word defined as it was in the original language.

  1. Adultery:  gr. moichos, having to do with a male partner. Adultery is considered to be extramarital sex.
  2. Fornication: gr. porneia, the root word of our pornography. Defined as harlotry, including adultery and incest.  We tend to consider fornication as sexual immorality outside of marriage, although these words are sometimes used interchangeably.
  3. Uncleanness: gr. akatharsia, meaning impure, demonic, foul, unclean. 
  4. Lasciviousness: gr. aselgiea, meaning impious, wicked, ungodly,licentious, filthy, wanton. 

It is notable that the first four things on this list all touch on sexual uncleanness. The first thing Adam and Eve noticed after they sinned was their nakedness.  It had not been a problem to them before. Satan, in a moment, turned and twisted  the beauty that God had created and made it something to be ashamed of. The selfish nature of man shows up in all manner of sexual immorality today, just as it always has. There is nothing new here.

Come back tomorrow for more of this really awful list, but don’t be discouraged.  There is a remedy!


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