Crowning Him King – Colossians 3:22 – Week 11

Crowning Him King

Colossians 3:22-4:1-6

Week 11

Rob Covell

Introduction – In this Session, we will conclude our study of Colossians and explore Colossians Chapter 3:22-25 and Colossians Chapter 4:1-6. In these verses Paul continues his exhortation to the Colossian Church regarding their interpersonal relationships, and in Chapter 4, Paul stresses the importance of prayer as the vehicle by which we influence the reality that we live in through our relationship with God, by appealing to His goodness, power and authority.

It is important that we understand Colossians 3:22-25, and 4:1 in the context of the Roman socioeconomic structure that existed in the First Century. Paul brings an exhortation to those Christians who are under the bondage of slavery, and how they should conduct their lives in the context of an evil societal structure. In no way is Paul endorsing the injustice bond-servanthood, and human labor trafficking. Sadly, there have been some Christian teachers in Church history that have used texts like these to defend the evil institution of African slavery in Britain and the United States. I will expound more as we get into the text. However, it is also very important that it to mention that just as Christians defended evil through twisting of the Scriptures and ignorance of the Roman economic history; it was Christians began the anti-slavery abolitionist movements and succeeded in their mission to end it in the Western world. True social justice movements belong to believers in Christ, because we know the One who Just and True, the Lord Jesus Christ.

We see the following movements in the text:

1 – Paul’s exhortations to those Christians who were under the yoke of Roman slavery.

2 – Paul’s exhortations to Roman Christian slave owners.

3 – The power of prayer for advancing Christ in the world around us.

4 – The power of our actions and words as we relate to people who do not know Christ.

Colossians 3:22

a) The first thing we need to establish is that Paul in no way is condoning slavery of any kind. For us to properly understand these verses, we must first understand the ancient Roman economy and Empire. The Roman economy was built on the backs of slavery and 40% of the Roman Empire were slaves. Roman slavery was not racial in nature but was fueled by the conquest of the Roman Empire. Roman slavery was very different from the Institutional slavery of America or Britain. Roman slavery looked more like indentured servitude. There were very educated slaves who served in education, there were slaves that served in banking, there were slaves that served in very area of economy and service to society. Roman slaves could own land, accumulate wealth, and often would arrange payment for their freedom or services rendered by their owners. Male slaves did have some limited civil rights and protections under Roman Law. Slaves that obtained
freedom were a class within Roman society called “libertini”. Though this is still an evil oppressive economic foundation, is vastly different from the very evil Western slavery of the U.S., Europe and Britain. See Revelation 18:11-13 aptly describes Scripture’s condemnation of this institution and prophesies its end.

b) The next thing we should look at, is what other things did Paul say about Roman slavery. 1 – 1 Timothy 6:1, Paul calls slavery a yoke. 2 – Ephesians 6:9 and Colossians 4:1, Paul warns masters that they are accountable to God for their participation in Roman slavery. 3 – Philemon verse 15, Paul appeals to Philemon to free Onesimus (a Colossian slave – see Colossians 4:9) and relate to him as a fellow man and brother in Christ. 4 – 1 Corinthians 7:21, Paul encourages believers to buy their freedom, so they can prosper the faith.

c) Paul describes our relationship to Christ as slaves/bondservants who have been bought by the price of His blood and uses the Roman slave to master relationship as a metaphor to describe the Lordship of Jesus Christ in our lives. See Romans 6:6. Paul also uses the Roman slave metaphor to describe our bondage to sin and our freedom in Christ, being set free from sin, but slaves to His righteousness. See Romans 6:16.

d) We can appropriate these Scriptures and frame them in the context of our modern world and apply them to our interpersonal relationships with our employers. In verse 22, we should ask ourselves the following questions; 1 – Are we obedient employees who benefit our employers? 2 – Are we seeking favor from our employer by maintaining integrity in all things, or only when they are present in the workplace? 3 – Are we sincerely benevolent employees because our work is a testimony that speaks of the Nature and Character of the God we serve?

Colossians 3:23

a) Our identities in Christ always transcend our reality. Paul called himself a prisoner of the Lord, not a prisoner of Rome, though he was writing Colossians while being chained and incarcerated by Rome. See Galatians 3:28.

b) Our quality of work in the marketplace reflects our relationship with Jesus Christ. Our employment is an avenue of God’s provision in our lives. Our work ethic proves our heart. Are we working for God or for men?

Colossians 3:24

a) Our workplace performance has eternal weight and glory. We accumulate eternal rewards by serving the Lord well in our workplace. There is great power in our daily decisions that builds momentum that fulfills destinies and activates callings. Most of the great lessons of serving others, taking responsibility for our actions and learning leadership skills all come from the marketplace.

b) Genesis 2:15 – The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. – The Lord designed work because it mimics His eternal qualities of creativity, care and abundance.

Colossians 3:25

a) All of us will have to give the Lord an account for the course of our lives. 2 Corinthians 5:10 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

b) What we sow in life, we reap in life. Galatians 6:7-9 – Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Colossians 4:1

a) The master or employer relationship to those under their influence will ultimately be judged by God. This is a warning to all of those who employ people to relate to them in fair and equitable ways. Knowing that prosperity always follows generosity, Christian employers should take note that blessing people is an avenue that activates God’s favor and abundance in their companies. The most prosperous companies in the United States are those who have generous salary and benefits packages.

Colossians 4:2-4

a) Devote – Greek – proskartereō – to adhere to one, be his adherent, to be devoted or constant to one, to be steadfastly attentive, to continue all the time in a place, to persevere and not faint, to be courageous in, to be constantly ready.

b) Prayer – Greek – proseuchē – prayer, offering to God, worship, a place of prayer/sacred space.

c) Watchfulness (metaphor for being cautious and active) and thankfulness are postures in prayer that move heaven and release heaven’s rule and reign on the earth.

d) The focus of Paul’s personal prayer request is for advancing the kingdom on earth and that Paul remains faithful to his call and mission as an apostle. Paul viewed his chains not as a hinderance, but that his suffering for Christ was part of destiny in Christ. Acts 9:15-16 was Paul’s personal prophetic word that prophesied his faithful service and suffering for the cause of Christ.

Colossians 4:5-6

a) The way we carry ourselves, and course of conduct influences the way people perceive and understand our faith. St Francis of Assisi – “It is no use walking anywhere to preach, unless our walking is our preaching”.

b) Our conversations reveal the conditions of our hearts. Jesus said, “for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart”, in Luke 6:45. Speaking to people with a heart of grace often gives us the opportunity to share Christ and His wisdom to others. “Seasoned with salt” is a cultural play on words that speaks of the preserving effect of the Christian message on a society and goodness that godly wisdom brings to peoples lives.

In concluding Colossians, I want to point out some important points as we end this amazing Epistle.

1 – Tychicus and Onesimus delivered this Epistle and read it out loud in the Church in Colossae, they also delivered a letter to the Ephesians and a letter to the Laodicean Church that we do not have. Many scholars believe that this “lost letter” may be the Epistle to the Ephesians.

2 – There was a female pastor in Laodicea.

3 – Just as Archippus (master of the horse) needed to take his ministry and calling seriously, we need to as well.

4 – We should receive the apostolic blessing of Paul, “grace be with you”. Grace is receiving that which we do not deserve, but also the empowering of God to do things we could not do on our own.

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Crowning Him King – Colossians 3:15-21 – Week 10

Crowning Him King

Colossians 3:15-21

Week 10

Rob Covell

Introduction – In this Session, we will continue in Colossians Chapter 3, and explore verses 15-21. There is so much depth to this section of text, that we will slow down and exegete in a way that draws out the nuanced truth contained in these verses.
In this section of Scripture, Paul has concluded his direct assault on the Colossian Heresy from the false teachers, and the spirit of religion, and now shifts his attention to building up interpersonal relationships in the Church, and in the family. Later in Colossians 3 and into Colossians 4, Paul deals with interpersonal relationships in the marketplace and society.

In Colossians 3:15-21 we see the following movements in the text.

1 – The transforming power of peace that can be accessed in a believer’s life.

2 – Carrying the message of Christ builds healthy lives, healed churches and healed nations.

3 – Thankfulness towards God builds contentment, peace, love and praise in our lives.

4 – Godly order in the family unit is a set up for societal success.

Colossians 3:15

a) Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts – The peace of Christ is a holistic peace and comprehensive peace. It is a progressive peace that when yielded to, will release tremendous grace in our lives. It is a progressive peace in the following ways. 1 – Through Christ we have peace with the Father. 2 – Through Christ we have peace in ourselves, i.e. mental peace, health and a new innernature. 3 – We have peace with those around us because we live from the peace we experience in Christ and extend it to those around us. We have peace with those around us because their actions do not influence our hearts or the set direction of our hearts. 4 – We have peace with each other in our fellowships because we carry and manifest the Kingdom of God on the earth. Jesus is the Prince of Peace, so peace and love are present when the Lord is honored. 5 – We have national peace when the mass sum of Christians influence and begin to disciple the nation they live in through godliness being present in their lives.

b) Peace – Greek – eirēnē – a state of national tranquility, exemption from the rage and havoc of war, peace between individuals, i.e. harmony, concord, security, safety, prosperity, felicity, (because peace and harmony make and keep things safe and prosperous), of Messiah’s peace – salvation, the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is.

c) The Greek word is the equivalent of the Hebrew word, Shalom.

d) Notice it is an act of our will to choose peace and yield to the peace that Christ gives us.

e) Thankfulness is a key to building contentment, peace, trust and praise in our
lives. Thankfulness in the doorway to honoring God in all things. It shifts our minds from the influence of the corrupt realm we live and stays our minds on God’s ability to provide, protect, heal, and guide us.

Colossians 3:16

a) Having the right narrative regarding the message of Christ produces a healed lifestyle and healthy churches. We should note that the occasion for the Epistle to the Colossians was to correct false teaching and encourage the Colossian Church to overcome the attack from the spirit of religion and empower them to love Christ in the freedom of faith.

b) The message of Messiah is the Apostolic Gospel; saved by grace through faith in the cross of Christ for the forgiveness of sin; the demonstration of spiritual power that confirms the message; Christlike character being manifested in those who carry the message, the re-ordering of society that flows from Christian influence, and the commitment to the teaching of the apostles.

c) Dwell – Greek – enoikeō – to dwell in, metaph. to dwell in one and influence a person for the good.

d) Notice that the message of Christ is manifest in all the ministries of the Church; teaching, admonish/warn, worship, psalms/prayers, songs from the Spirit (prophetic spontaneous songs), all done in the spirit of gratitude towards God because of who He is and how He has loved us and what He has done for us.

Colossians 3:17

a) Earlier in Colossians 3:3-4, Paul taught God’s people that Christ is our life. If our lives are truly hidden in the nail wounds of the Lamb, then the course of our lives reflect our Father. Do we live our lives, in His Name?

Colossians 3:18

a) Paul gave a very similar exhortation to the Ephesian Church in Ephesians 5:2133. These are perhaps the most abused and misappropriated Scriptures in our faith. Let’s break verse 18 down in sections so that we can properly exegete it.

b) Paul in Galatians 3:28, Paul teaches spiritual equality in Christ for all people; male, female, and all people groups. This was truly a radical concept in the context of Roman society. So, we must look at the subject that Paul is addressing, which is interpersonal relationships in the context of marriage. Paul never taught that women were subjugated to men in Scripture.

c) The word submit in the Greek is a borrowed military word that describes order in rank and position. This exhortation pertains to godly order in a family. The requirement is that a wife only agrees to be led by a husband as “fitting” in the Lord. Anything in a relationship that is not fitting in the Lord, godly, pure, or reflective of Christ is not to be yielded to.

d) The husband sets the tone in the family and according to the measure of his Christlike nature, his wife will come in agreement. It is actually the husband’s responsibility to seek the Lord, manifest Jesus’ nature and character to the pint where the husband can be trusted.

e) Single women should be evaluating their potential marriage partner by measuring
them to 1 Corinthians 13, Galatians 5:22-23. Ephesians 5:21-33 and this verse, Colossians 3:18.

Colossians 3:19

a) Husbands agapaō (verb) – to actively seek the best for the object of that love, to contend for the best, and be contented with the object of that love. This is living love in action that promotes the well being of the other. This is love that reflects Christ.

b) Do not be harsh/bitter – Greek – pikrainō – to make bitter, render angry, indignant, to be embittered, irritated, to visit with bitterness, and to grieve.

c) There is nothing that reflects masculinity better than a godly man, who can be trusted, who protects his family, who loves his family, who serves his church, works hard and serves his society. Men set the tone of society. A society is either safe or dangerous because of the actions of men.

Colossians 3:20

a) In Ephesians 6:1-3, Paul links obedience to parents with a promise in Scripture that we would enjoy a long and blessed like. See Deuteronomy 5:16. Obeying the godly wisdom of Christian parents is a set up for a life free from the pain of poor decisions, the affliction of sin and the devil, and a set up reaping a blessed life.

Colossians 3:21

a) Just as men set the tone of a marriage and society; men possess the power to either encourage or discourage their children. Greek – embitter – erethizō – to stir up, excite, stimulate, to provoke. How fathers relate to their children have consequences that guide the condition of their hearts.

b) Just as husbands are to love their wives like Christ loved His Church, we are to reflect the nature and character of God the Father; who is benevolent, kind, patient, a redemptive disciplinarian, a provider, a healer, a lover, a warrior/defender, a promise keeper, and a teacher.

Crowning Him King – Colossians 3:1-14 – Week 9

Crowning Him King

Colossians 3:1-14

Week 9

Rob Covell

Introduction – In this Session, we will begin Colossians Chapter 3, and explore verses 1-14. In Colossians Chapter 3, Paul begins to build a contrast between the futility of the spirit of religion, which has no ability to restrain the flesh, versus the fruit of true regeneration by the Holy Spirit in overcoming the flesh in the lives of believers.

Colossians 2:23 – “Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence”.

In Colossians 3:1-14 we see the following movements in the text.

1 – Our identities in Christ should govern the everyday course of our lives.

2 – Our sanctified minds are powerful for setting the trajectory of our lives.

3 – When we partner with the Spirit we possess the power of the will to destroy the works of the flesh in our lives.

4 – All Christians are one in Christ and should have no divisions.

5 – Love binds all Christians together and releases the unity of faith.

Colossians 3:1

a) Earlier in Colossians 2, Paul uses the prophetic symbolism circumcision and baptism to illustrate the reality of the New Creation identity of the believer. Knowing who we are in Christ is possibly the most powerful truths of the Christian faith, because it is at the core of what we believe to be true about God and ourselves. Identity colors every aspect of our faith and either leads into God or away from Him when we have a broken or marred vision of who we are and whose we are.

b) Notice that Paul shows us that what we set our hearts on governs our thoughts. “Set your hearts” – Greek – zēteō – to seek in order to find, to seek [in order to find out] by thinking, meditating, reasoning, to enquire into, to crave something from someone, to demand something from someone. The use of this verb shows us that we can actively partner with the Lord to produce the fruit of faith in our lives.

c) Jesus said in Luke 6:45 – “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks”.

d) Notice that the object of our focus is the Person of Christ and where He is positionally as One who is ruling and reigning. Paul uses a cultural reference, “at the right hand of God” which emphasizes the authority of Jesus over all things.

Colossians 3:2

a) Our mindset determines our victory. If we are focused on things above, then we view our world through God’s eyes, offering God’s solutions and strategies to our
problems and the problems of the world around us.

Colossians 3:3-4

a) “For you died” – When we received Jesus our flesh, our rebellious carnal nature that opposes the things of the Spirit, is reckoned as dead, having been crucified with Him and having been raised with Him in a new creation resurrection life.

b) Jesus said in John 14:6 – “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.

c) Jesus is the Life, in Him we access a blessed life and, in the life, to come, eternal life.

d) It is amazing to think that we will share the same glory with Jesus at His second coming when our mortal bodies are raised from the grave.

Colossians 3:5

a) Because of who we are and the new creation life we have access to, our motivation should be to align to the will of God. Living from the heavenly nature frees us from bondage.

b) Notice that Paul classifies sins of the flesh as idolatry. Anything that sits on the throne of our hearts, that is not Christ is an idol that is competing for preeminence in our lives. Luke 6:46 – “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”

Colossians 3:6-7

a) NASB – Colossians 3:6 – “For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience”. Notice the emphasis on identity; whose sons, are we? The sons of disobedience or the sons and daughters of God?

b) Paul softens the exhortation in verse 7 by pointing out that we all used to walk in the ways of the flesh at times in our lives. Paul knew this to be true in his own life. He was a Pharisee religionist, who carried a spirit of murder and persecution against the Church of Jesus Christ. But Jesus saved him and showed him extreme mercy. 1 Timothy 1:16 – But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.

c) God has scandalous grace for those of us who are ready to change.

Colossians 3:8-10

a) Paul lands on this powerful truth; that we are renewed in Christ, in the image of our Maker, in our minds. We can understand this powerful truth in 2 ways; 1 – The possibility exists that we can partner with original design grace that God gave humanity in the Garden. 2 – From the renewed mind, we can re-color our lives and our world by thinking God thoughts about all things and acting on them.

Colossians 3:11

a) When we see Christ in everyone, then freedom, justice, equality and love are born. If we love Christ and recognize Christ in all believers, then we will love all
believers. Jesus established true social justice because every person needs Jesus for forgiveness of sins, comfort, love, grace and mercy.

b) The early church was truly a radical family of acceptance in the midst of First Century Roman society that was organized by defined lines of social status. Callistus, was a Roman slave and early church father who was bishop of Rome in the Second Century. He was martyred in Rome in AD221 for the faith. Church history says he was thrown off a wall in Rome. He was a grace teacher who was greatly criticized by other Church leaders for his acceptance of the worst sinners of Rome into the Church. He was known for his extreme kindness to people, in burying the dead in the catacombs, accepting outcasts and serving lowest people in Roman society. It was only in the Church, where a Roman slave could be the highest authority in Church leadership.

Colossians 3:12-13

a) We are God’s chosen people in the sense that we did not earn the affections of God, but that He chose us and loves us because He is good and loves the whole of humanity.

b) We are holy, meaning we have been set apart for His purposes. We are dearly loved because we have been reconciled to Him and are objects of His love.

c) Knowing that we have been shown compassion, kindness, gentleness and patience and forgiveness from God, empowers us to extend these to others around us. We can only give away to others what we have experienced in God.

Colossians 3:14

a) Similar to Paul’s charge to the Corinthian Church to live in love, Paul encourages the Colossian Church to find the unity of faith in love. When we consider that the Colossian Church was being challenged by the false teachers of the Colossian Heresy, and having been only established for approximately 8 years, Paul identifies agape as the force that empowers the Church to survive its interpersonal challenges.

b) Agape love, is that which contends for the highest purpose of the object of that love. See 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.

Crowning Him King – Colossians 2:16-23 – Week 8

Crowning Him King

Colossians 2:16-23

Week 8

Rob Covell

Introduction – In this Session, we will complete Colossians 2 and continue with Paul’s corrective encouragements regarding the Colossian Heresy that mixed Jewish Angelic Mysticism and the Law with the knowledge of Messiah, Jesus Christ. As we approach Colossians 2:16-23, we receive more information regarding the Colossian Heresy and its influence on the Colossian Church.

When we look at heresies in Church History, we see the following commonalities:

1 – They are born by the influence of the demonic spirit of religion that seeks to frustrate relational approaches to God, distort the knowledge of God and restrain theological truth by false teaching.

2 – They deny the Person of Christ as revealed by the Apostles on the First Century and in the Scriptures.

3 – Heresies promote works-based religious expressions.

4 – Heresies rob God’s people of identity and purpose and shackles them to religious structures that do not promote spiritual freedom.

5 – Heresies, in their most demonic manifestation can lead people to eternal condemnation because they are propagating lies about Jesus Christ. See. 1 John 4:1 – Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

We see the following 3 movements in the text:

1 – False expressions of religiosity rob God’s people of relationship with Him.

2 – The goal of the religious spirit that was manifesting in Colossae, was to disqualify believers from experiencing God.

3 – Religious structures do not deliver us from the sins of the flesh.

Colossians 2:16

a) “Therefore” connects the thought in Colossians 2:16 to verses 13-15 and reveals to us the thought; that because of what Jesus did in establishing the New Covenant reality of relationship with God, forgiveness of sins by the cross, and the authority of the believer, the religious structure of the Law is no longer binding on those who have confessed Christ as Savior.

b) Paul deals directly with the Colossian Heresy and tells the Colossian Christians to not let the spirit of religion judge them in their pursuit of Christ. The Colossian Heresy centered around Law-keeping, approaching God through Hierarchies of Angels, and Spiritual Asceticism.

c) One of the characteristics of the spirit of religion, is that it critiques and criticizes the spiritual freedom that Christians enjoy. The Christian reality of freely relating to God in prayer, our identity as Disciples, Sons and Bride, our endowment of spiritual gifts and graces, the forgiveness we experience when we repent, our authority over the enemy, our joyful grace-filled lives and the favor of God on us, is an unbelievable outrage to religious structures that strive to be noticed by God.

Colossians 2:17

a) The totality of the Law, the patterns of sacrifice and worship all prophesy the Jesus, the Messiah.

b) Notice that the reality is Christ, who is living, actively loving, actively forgiving, actively healing and delivering people and who is ruling and reigning. We have relationship with a Man, who is a living reality in our lives.

Colossians 2:18

a) In this verse, Paul gives us a glance at the nature of the Colossian Heresy, which taught that the approach to God was through a hierarchy of angels. The false humility is bowing and worshipping angel after angel until the worshipper breaks through to the highest spirit realms and ultimately accessing God.

b) False humility bows to things other than God. True humility recognizes the Person of God and aligns to His heart and lives from the revelation that the Scriptures and the Spirit give.

c) Notice that Paul describes the revelation that was coming from the false teachers in Colossae, as having its origin in themselves.

d) Paul describes them in the following ways; puffed up with idle notions and they possess an unspiritual mind. Puffed up – Greek – physioō (fü-sē-o’-ō) – to inflate, blow up, or cause to swell. To make proud and to bear one’s self loftily.

e) Unspirtual mind – Greek – sarx nous – unredeemed, fleshly, rebellious mind, or the mind, comprising alike the faculties of perceiving and understanding and those of feeling, judging, determining.

f) The spiritual attach of the spirit of religion is focused on disqualifying the person who seeking God, by having them believe lies about God. The word in the Greek for disqualify is literally “to decide as an umpire against someone”.

g) True spiritual encounters always lead people closer to Christ and empower them to pursue on know Christ on their own. Any true apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher always ministers spiritual power through the Holy Spirit, and that releases freedom, love, joy, righteousness and relationship with God.

Colossians 2:19

a) Once we lose connection to Christ who is the Head, we have lost His leadership, we have lost access to His thoughts, we have lost the ability to grow spiritually, and grow the Church.

Colossians 2:20-22

a) Because the Christian has a new life and new nature by the Holy Spirit, through faith in Christ, Law-keeping is dead in terms of producing spiritual growth and manifesting grace in our lives.

b) Notice that Paul mentions that the Law was destined to perish. That is because Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the Law; the Law prophesied Him, and the Covenants that God made with humanity were fulfilled in Jesus. Paul’s statement here is shocking in the context of the culture, because the Temple in Jerusalem
was still standing. Having been separated from the Colossian letter by over 2000 years, we miss the radical and challenging message of the Gospel to that culture.

Colossians 2:23

a) The spirit of religion always seems to possess spiritual wisdom. But the fruit of having a true connection to Christ is looking like Him. Religious works will never set us free from the flesh. Only the Spirit gives us the grace to overcome the works of the flesh.

b) Galatians 5:15-16 – So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.

c) Relationship with Jesus is always the answer to sin.