Therefore, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.…
I. NOT FROM RELATIONSHIP. The flesh is no part of our original nature.
II. NOT FROM GRATITUDE. Its effects upon us have been only evil.
III. NOT FROM DUTY. It is opposed to God, who commands us to crucify it.
IV. NOT FROM INTEREST. Only misery and death aver to be reaped from it (Galatians 6:8). We are debtors to the body, which is God's creature (Acts 27:34; Ephesians 5:29), but not debtors to the flesh, which is Satan's production (Matthew 13:38; 1 John 3:8). We are debtors to the body to satisfy its wants, but not to the flesh to gratify its lusts (Romans 13:14).
(T. Robinson, D.D.)
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