Answers to Questions:
1). What is man's carnal nature?
The word 'carnal' means – 'fleshly.' When applied to a Christian, it means someone, who although they are born-again, they are still allowing their flesh to control much of the way they live and think. Paul called the believers at Corinth 'carnal' because they were still acting spiritually immature. Rather than bearing the Spirit's fruit of – love, joy and peace; these believers were yielding to old fleshly emotions such as: envy, strife and division.
2). What do mortify means?
It means to kill or subdue the flesh;" Originally it means "to kill," then "to destroy." In a biblical context, to mortify is to subdue the body (or its needs and desires) through self-denial and discipline ( mortification of sin / the flesh).
3). How do discipline and self-denial work?
Self-discipline is the ability to control one's feelings and overcome one's weaknesses; the ability to pursue what one thinks is right despite temptations to abandon it. Self-denial means the denial of one's own interests and needs; self-sacrifice. In order to have discipline you must denial self first.
4). Explain Romans 8:13
"For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live." Putting to death the deeds of the body is a continual process that the believer must engage in on a daily basis. The point is that one of the marks of a true believer is that he is daily putting to death the deeds of the body. This person, the one who puts to death, or mortifies, the deeds of the body and its sinful nature will live. Again, this is a reference to eternal life, or heaven.
5). How do we mortify the deeds of the flesh?
Paul told the believers in Colosse (Colossians 3:7-10) to "put off" anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy communication (v. 8), in short, to put off the Old Man with his deeds(v.9). Instead, we are told to "put on" the New Man (v. 10). The way the language is used here, the "putting on" alludes to the putting on of clothes. We are told that we have changed outfits, so to speak, and are now wearing a brand new set of clothing.
6). Explain the flesh and the spirit.
The flesh is what we live in and the spirit is our spirit that has been born-again by God's Spirit; the both are at war with one another. The flesh only desire the things that displeasing to God (Galatians 5:19-21), but the spirit is peace and righteousness (Galatians 5:22-23).
7). Name some scriptures that instruct us to mortify the deeds of the flesh.
Romans 8:13, Colossians 3:5, Romans 13:14, Galatians 5:16; 24, I Peter 2:11; 4:2
8). In detail describe the sin nature we had before we knew God.
The Bible explains the reason for the trouble. Humanity is sinful, not just in theory or in practice but by nature. Sin is part of the very fiber of our being; the stain runs deep—it's in the warp and woof of our souls. The Bible speaks of "sinful flesh" in . It's our "earthly nature" that produces the list of sins in . And speaks of "the body ruled by sin." The flesh-and-blood existence we lead on this earth is shaped by our sinful, corrupt nature.
9). Spiritually speaking, who provide our new clothes we put on?
It is the Holy Spirit Who provides the new clothes that we are to put on and walk in, yet it is up to us whether or not we choose to wear them.
10). Who is responsible for putting on these new clothes?
We are called to put to death, to lay aside, to put away the sinful deeds that we practiced before we came to Christ and commit them no more.
11). Explain our works.
Our faith is works, so we must release our faith with our words. When we believe the Word, it becomes real. "That's our works!"
12). After reading the scriptures on spiritual service, explain spiritual service.
Spiritual service is spiritual work unto God to glorify Him and only Him, to live a life of faith and righteousness, and to fulfill the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20
13). Explain walking in the Spirit.
Those who walk in the Spirit have crucified the flesh and do not submit themselves to the desires of the flesh, and those who have the Spirit of God produce fruits that reveal whether they are a child of God or not. If there are no Spiritual fruits, such as the Fruit of the Spirit, then God is not their Father.
14). Explain walking in the flesh.
Those who walk in the flesh produce the fruits of the flesh like sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. Those who do not mortify the flesh walk in the flesh.
15). What have you learn from reading Romans chapters 1-7?
Romans, more than any other epistle talks about the plan of salvation, which is justification by faith and sanctification through the Holy Spirit of God. This book instructs us concerning the universal guilt of mankind. It talks about the Gentiles and Jews under the condemnation of the law, and all are sinners who must be born-again by the Spirit of God to walk in the Spirit. Paul demonstrates that there is a struggle with sinful nature, and the tendencies of the fleshly lusts. Paul witness that this struggle was in his own life before and after his conversion! This struggle is in the heart of man, chapter 7:7-24.