|Posted on October 15, 2010 at 10:42 AM|
Ephesians 5:3 Now we come to the word uncleanness, and what precisely Paul the apostle meant by it. I believe the answer to uncleanness is found in the book of Genesis. (Gen.6:5) Although you and I have been born of the Spirit of God given the gift of salvation in and through our risen glorified Lord it did not take the capability to sin from us. There is always the temptation to sin. When we do you and I have to seek the forgiveness of Jesus Christ our Lord. John the apostle in his First letter to the early church describes our Lord, not only as Lord, but as our Advocate. Let’s look at the verse from Genesis before looking at the word Advocate. Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Unclean thoughts I believe is what the apostle has in mind when he talks about uncleanness. I cannot control what comes into my mind and neither can you only God can. Achievable only by walking close to God everyday. God’s Spirit in and through his Son Jesus Christ our Lord will help and strengthen us to do that. We need to seek his strength to overcome the obstacles.
An advocate is a person who pleads for someone on trial in a court of law to try and prove his or her innocence but you and I have all been found guilty before God. The death and the resurrection of our risen Lord including his precious blood that was shed for us covers the death penalty as if we had never sinned .But we are not to use that for sin that is wilful. Both are great challenges to our walk with Jesus Christ our Lord who has because of his great love towards us given to you and I the Gift of The Holy Spirit to enable us to overcome the obstacles that lie ahead.
If you stumble remember I.Jn.2:1 “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Be encouraged and of good heart.