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Saturday, April 20th, '19

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EXTINCT INSTINCTS

"For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh you will surely die. But if through the (Holy) Spirit you are habitually putting to death - making extinct, deadening - [the evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall (really and genuinely) live forever" (Romans 8:13 AMP)

 

Webster defines the word "extinct" as "extinguished, no longer active or living, passed away, or that which has died out". The KJV says we are to "mortify the deeds of the body" but the Amplified goes a step farther and says that those deeds must be brought to extinction. When a species is extinct not only is it individually dead but no longer has any means of perpetuation. The whole lineage is cut short and cut off. There will never be another dodo bird. Without a mating pair there can be no offspring. The species is no longer. There may be memories, pictures and eyewitness accounts but that bird isn't building nests in our world ever again. It has been extinguished. So must it be with our carnal selves.

 

In Romans Paul is more theologian than preacher but his logic, though often deep, here is very clear. He deals rough with the old nature. Through the Holy Spirit we are to be "habitually putting to death" the flesh. If you don't make a habit of suffocating the old it will sneak back and take ascendancy. When Joshua went in to possess Canaan he smote every enemy "with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them: there was not any left to breathe..." (Joshua 11:11) If it can breathe it can breed! Joshua used the sword, Yeshua, Jesus, uses "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephesians 6:17). That blade severs the taproot of the old nature which is our very unredeemed ego itself. Paul said to "put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness" (Ephesians 4:24). It is not that personhood is stripped from us, but as His Person, the Christ nature, becomes all in all, the old nature decreases (John 3:30) and our true self, made in His likeness, emerges.

 

So the way you make the flesh-life extinct is the same in the spiritual as in the natural. You can drown the old nature in the water of the Word. It can be starved by not paying it attention, suffocated by getting so full of the Holy Spirit that it has no room to breathe or given over to exposure by spiking it to the cross. The master-text of Galatians says, "I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me..." (Galatians 2:20) "I" still live, that is the spiritual me, "yet not I", that is the carnal me.

 

The longer something has gone into extinction the easier it is forgotten. I used to smoke but it has been so many years that I cannot now imagine myself to have ever smoked. To cuss at this point in my life would be totally out of character with the new nature. "Affliction shall not rise up the second time" (Nahum 1:9). I don't have to worry about these sins reviving themselves from the tomb because they are "reckoned dead" (Romans 6:11), they have been given proper burials and are considered things dead to the new me. Satan isn't going to tempt me to drink a cocktail because that chapter was put to death over thirty years ago and is on the extinct list. But there are other areas that I am currently dealing with (and you too) that are fleshly, such as self-will, impatience, procrastination, letting things get under my skin or make me angry, and so on. These manifest in attitude more than action, but they are just as foul as smoking, cussing and drinking. So we must be diligent to surrender those areas to the Holy Spirit while at the same time taking personal authority over their advances. This is basically what Jesus meant by overcoming - "He that overcomes shall inherit all things..." (Revelation 21:7) As any beast facing death and extinction, you can count on a battle, but know that the Greater One is there to insure your victory. You are not the victim, you are the victor, so put your foot down and stand your ground for Christ.


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