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Escape the Corruption in this World by Lust

(child thread of FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith series begun by RandyP )

kjv@2Peter:1:4 @ ...having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

We need to add into our present consideration of the world's all consuming corruption and the position or proximity of the "like precious" believer to either contrasting extreme. It would be one thing to say that each believer is a new creature in Christ and has escaped the corruption; he/she is in the corruption but not of the corruption. Yet often we see the observable signs of the same corruption gnawing at their marriages, their addiction recoveries, their angers/rages/hostilities/impulses/compulsions/unforgiveness, sanity overwhelming depressions, etc..

Is this to mean that they are not new creatures? or does it mean that they have yet to be transformed by the renewing of their mind? not weaned from the milk of the word to the meat of it? Or can it mean both that ultimately in spiritual terms they are indeed new creatures escaped from the world's final corruption and yet in practical daily terms they need to empty out their former selves and get on with the partaking of new?

Contextual Anchors

Note: There is an overwhelming amount of scripture needing to be provided here, so where appropriate key foundations have been broken off into digestible pieces. It will become more and more important to keep coming back to these foundations and explore each morsel's greater depth and individual context as they will become the fuel that ignites true spiritual productivity. These pieces then can be used as element specific study/meditation tools.

1. Corruption in this world

Quoted resource: strongs 'G5356'

G5356 @ φθορά phthora fthor-ah' From G5351; decay that is ruin (spontaneous or inflicted literally or figuratively): - corruption destroy perish.

(see: Word study PhthoraCorruption or slidy:PhthoraCorruption )

2. By Lust

Quoted resource: strongs 'G1939'

G1939 @ ἐπιθυμία epithumia ep-ee-thoo-mee'-ah From G1937; a longing (especially for what is forbidden): - concupiscence desire lust (after).

(see: Word study EpithumiaLust or slidy:EpithumiaLust )

3. Escape

Quoted resource: strongs 'G668'

G668 @ ἀποφεύγω apopheugō ap-of-yoo'-go From G575 and G5343; (figuratively) to escape: - escape.

Doctrinal Context: Sin

(See: Topical study TorreySin or slidy:TorreySin )

Quoted resource: torrey 'Sin '

Sin @ Is the transgression of the law kjv@1John:3:4 -- Is of the devil kjv@1John:3:8 kjv@John:8:44 -- All unrighteousness is kjv@1John:5:17 -- Omission of what we know to be good is kjv@James:4:17 -- Whatever is not of faith is kjv@Romans:14:23 -- The thought of foolishness is kjv@Proverbs:24:9 -- All the imaginations of the unrenewed heart are kjv@Genesis:6:5 kjv@Genesis:8:21 -- Described as -- Coming from the heart kjv@Matthew:15:19 -- The fruit of lust kjv@James:1:15 -- The sting of death kjv@1Corinthians:15:56 -- Rebellion against God kjv@Deuteronomy:9:7 kjv@Joshua:1:18 -- Works of darkness kjv@Ephesians:5:11 -- Dead works kjv@Hebrews:6:1 kjv@Hebrews:9:14 -- The abominable thing that God hates kjv@Proverbs:15:9 kjv@Jeremiah:44:4 kjv@Jeremiah:44:11 -- Reproaching the Lord kjv@Numbers:15:30 kjv@Psalms:74:18 -- Defiling kjv@Proverbs:30:12 kjv@Isaiah:59:3 -- Deceitful kjv@Hebrews:3:13 -- Disgraceful kjv@Proverbs:14:34 -- Often very great kjv@Exodus:32:20 kjv@1Samuel:2:17 -- Often mighty kjv@Amos:5:12 -- Often manifold kjv@Amos:5:12 -- Often presumptuous kjv@Psalms:19:13 -- Sometimes open and manifest kjv@1Timothy:5:24 -- Sometimes secret kjv@Psalms:90:8 kjv@1Timothy:5:24 -- Besetting kjv@Hebrews:12:1 -- Like scarlet and crimson kjv@Isaiah:1:18 -- Reaching to heaven kjv@Revelation:18:5 -- Entered into the world by Adam kjv@Genesis:3:6 kjv@Genesis:3:7 kjv@Romans:5:12 -- All men are conceived and born in kjv@Genesis:5:3 kjv@Job:15:14 kjv@Job:25:4 kjv@Psalms:51:5 -- All men are shapen in kjv@Psalms:51:5 -- Scripture concludes all under kjv@Galatians:3:22 -- No man is without kjv@1Kings:8:46 kjv@Ecclesiastes:7:20 -- Christ alone was without kjv@2Corinthians:5:21 kjv@Hebrews:4:15 kjv@Hebrews:7:26 kjv@1John:3:5 -- God -- Abominates kjv@Deuteronomy:25:16 kjv@Proverbs:6:16-19 -- Marks kjv@Job:10:14 -- Remembers kjv@Revelation:18:5 -- Is provoked to jealousy by kjv@1Kings:14:22 -- Is provoked to anger by kjv@1Kings:16:2 -- Alone can forgive kjv@Exodus:34:7 kjv@Daniel:9:9 kjv@Micah:7:18 kjv@Mark:2:7 -- Recompenses kjv@Jeremiah:16:18 kjv@Revelation:18:6 -- Punishes kjv@Isaiah:13:11 kjv@Amos:3:2 -- The Law -- Is transgressed by every kjv@James:2:10 kjv@James:2:11 kjv@1John:3:4 -- Gives knowledge of kjv@Romans:3:20 kjv@Romans:7:7 -- Shows exceeding sinfulness of kjv@Romans:7:13 -- Made to restrain kjv@1Timothy:1:9 kjv@1Timothy:1:10 -- By its strictness stirs up kjv@Romans:7:5 kjv@Romans:7:8 kjv@Romans:7:11 -- Is the strength of kjv@1Corinthians:15:56 -- Curses those guilty of kjv@Galatians:3:10 -- No man can cleanse himself from kjv@Job:9:30 kjv@Job:9:31 kjv@Proverbs:20:9 kjv@Jeremiah:2:22 -- No man can atone for kjv@Micah:6:7 -- God has opened a fountain for kjv@Zechariah:13:1 -- Christ was manifested to take away kjv@John:1:29 kjv@1John:3:5 -- Christ's blood redeems from kjv@Ephesians:1:7 -- Christ's blood cleanses from kjv@1John:1:7 -- Saints -- Made free from kjv@Romans:6:18 -- Dead to kjv@Romans:6:2 kjv@Romans:6:11 kjv@1Peter:2:24 -- Profess to have ceased from kjv@1Peter:4:1 -- Cannot live in kjv@1John:3:9 kjv@1John:5:18 -- Resolve against kjv@Job:34:32 -- Ashamed of having committed kjv@Romans:6:21 -- Abhor themselves on account of kjv@Job:42:6 kjv@Ezekiel:20:43 -- Have yet the remains of, in them kjv@Romans:7:17 kjv@Romans:7:23 kjv@Galatians:5:17 -- The fear of God restrains kjv@Exodus:20:20 kjv@Psalms:4:4 kjv@Proverbs:16:6 -- The word of God keeps from kjv@Psalms:17:4 kjv@Psalms:119:11 -- The Holy Spirit convinces of kjv@John:16:8 kjv@John:16:9 -- If we say that we have no, we make God a liar kjv@1John:1:10 -- Confusion of face belongs to those guilty of kjv@Daniel:9:7 kjv@Daniel:9:8 -- Should be -- Confessed kjv@Job:33:27 kjv@Proverbs:28:13 -- Mourned over kjv@Psalms:38:18 kjv@Jeremiah:3:21 -- Hated kjv@Psalms:97:10 kjv@Proverbs:8:13 kjv@Amos:5:15 -- Abhorred kjv@Romans:12:9 -- Put away kjv@Job:11:14 -- Departed from kjv@Psalms:34:14 kjv@2Timothy:2:19 -- Avoided even in appearance kjv@1Thessalonians:5:22 -- Guarded against kjv@Psalms:4:4 kjv@Psalms:39:1 -- Striven against kjv@Hebrews:12:4 -- Mortified kjv@Romans:8:13 kjv@Colossians:3:5 -- Wholly destroyed kjv@Romans:6:6 -- Specially strive against besetting kjv@Hebrews:12:1 -- Aggravated by neglecting advantages kjv@Luke:12:47 kjv@John:15:22 -- Guilt of concerning kjv@Job:31:33 kjv@Proverbs:28:13 -- We should pray to God -- To search for, in our hearts kjv@Psalms:139:23 kjv@Psalms:139:24 -- To make us know our kjv@Job:13:23 -- To forgive our kjv@Exodus:34:9 kjv@Luke:11:4 -- To keep us from kjv@Psalms:19:13 -- To deliver us from kjv@Matthew:6:13 -- To cleanse us from kjv@Psalms:51:2 -- Prayer hindered by kjv@Psalms:66:18 kjv@Isaiah:59:2 -- Blessings withheld on account of kjv@Jeremiah:5:25 -- The wicked -- Servants to kjv@John:8:34 kjv@Romans:6:16 -- Dead in kjv@Ephesians:2:1 -- Guilty of, in everything they do kjv@Proverbs:21:4 kjv@Ezekiel:21:24 -- Plead necessity for kjv@1Samuel:13:11 kjv@1Samuel:13:12 -- Excuse kjv@Genesis:3:12 kjv@Genesis:3:13 kjv@1Samuel:15:13-15 -- Encourage themselves in kjv@Psalms:64:5 -- Defy God in committing kjv@Isaiah:5:18 kjv@Isaiah:5:19 -- Boast of kjv@Isaiah:3:9 -- Make a mock at kjv@Proverbs:14:9 -- Expect impunity in kjv@Psalms:10:11 kjv@Psalms:50:21 kjv@Psalms:94:7 -- Cannot cease from kjv@2Peter:2:14 -- Heap up kjv@Psalms:78:17 kjv@Isaiah:30:1 -- Encouraged in, by prosperity kjv@Job:21:7-15 kjv@Proverbs:10:16 -- Led by despair to continue in kjv@Jeremiah:2:25 kjv@Jeremiah:18:12 -- Try to conceal, from God kjv@Genesis:3:8 kjv@Genesis:3:10 kjv@Job:31:33 -- Throw the blame of, on God kjv@Genesis:3:12 kjv@Jeremiah:7:10 -- Throw the blame of, on others kjv@Genesis:3:12 kjv@Genesis:3:13 kjv@Exodus:32:22-24 -- Tempt others to kjv@Genesis:3:6 kjv@1Kings:16:2 kjv@1Kings:21:25 kjv@Proverbs:1:10-14 -- Delight in those who commit kjv@Psalms:10:3 kjv@Hosea:7:3 kjv@Romans:1:32 -- Shall bear the shame of kjv@Ezekiel:16:52 -- Shall find out the wicked kjv@Numbers:32:23 -- Ministers should warn the wicked to forsake kjv@Ezekiel:33:9 kjv@Daniel:4:27 -- Leads to -- Shame kjv@Romans:6:21 -- Disquiet kjv@Psalms:38:3 -- Disease kjv@Job:20:11 -- The ground was cursed on account of kjv@Genesis:3:17 kjv@Genesis:3:18 -- Toil and sorrow originated in kjv@Genesis:3:16 kjv@Genesis:3:17 kjv@Genesis:3:19 kjv@Job:14:1 -- Excludes from heaven kjv@1Corinthians:6:9 kjv@1Corinthians:6:10 kjv@Galatians:5:19-21 kjv@Ephesians:5:5 kjv@Revelation:21:27 -- When finished brings forth death kjv@James:1:15 -- Death, the wages of kjv@Romans:6:23 -- Death, the punishment of kjv@Genesis:2:17 kjv@Ezekiel:18:4

Sin Offering @ Probable origin of kjv@Genesis:4:4 kjv@Genesis:4:7 -- Was offered -- For sins of ignorance kjv@Leviticus:4:2 kjv@Leviticus:4:13 kjv@Leviticus:4:22 kjv@Leviticus:4:27 -- At the consecration of priests kjv@Exodus:29:10 kjv@Exodus:29:14 kjv@Leviticus:8:14 -- At the consecration of Levites kjv@Numbers:8:8 -- At the expiration of a Nazarite's vow kjv@Numbers:6:14 -- On the day of atonement kjv@Leviticus:16:3 kjv@Leviticus:16:9 -- Was a most holy sacrifice kjv@Leviticus:6:25 kjv@Leviticus:6:29 -- Consisted of -- A young bullock for priests kjv@Leviticus:4:3 kjv@Leviticus:9:2 kjv@Leviticus:9:8 kjv@Leviticus:16:3 kjv@Leviticus:16:6 -- A young bullock or he-goat for the congregation kjv@Leviticus:4:14 kjv@Leviticus:16:9 kjv@2Chronicles:29:23 -- A male kid for a ruler kjv@Leviticus:4:23 -- A female kid or female lamb for a private person kjv@Leviticus:4:28 kjv@Leviticus:4:32 -- Sins of the offerer transferred to, by imposition of hands kjv@Leviticus:4:4 kjv@Leviticus:4:15 kjv@Leviticus:4:24 kjv@Leviticus:4:29 kjv@2Chronicles:29:23 -- Was killed in the same place as the burnt-offering kjv@Leviticus:4:24 kjv@Leviticus:6:25 -- The blood of -- For a priest or for the congregation, brought by the priest into the tabernacle kjv@Leviticus:4:5 kjv@Leviticus:4:16 -- For a priest or for the congregation, sprinkled seven times before the Lord, outside the vail, by the priest with his finger kjv@Leviticus:4:6 kjv@Leviticus:4:17 -- For a priest of for the congregation, put upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering by the priest with his finger kjv@Leviticus:4:25 kjv@Leviticus:4:30 -- In every case poured at the foot of the altar of burnt offering kjv@Leviticus:4:7 kjv@Leviticus:18:25 kjv@Leviticus:18:30 kjv@Leviticus:9:9 -- Fat of the inside, kidneys, burned on the altar of burnt offering kjv@Leviticus:4:8-10 kjv@Leviticus:4:19 kjv@Leviticus:4:26 kjv@Leviticus:4:31 kjv@Leviticus:9:10 -- When for a priest or the congregation, the skin, carcass, burned without the camp kjv@Leviticus:4:11 kjv@Leviticus:4:12 kjv@Leviticus:4:21 kjv@Leviticus:6:30 kjv@Leviticus:9:11 -- Was eaten by the priests in a holy place, when its blood had not been brought into the tabernacle kjv@Leviticus:6:26 kjv@Leviticus:6:29 kjv@Leviticus:6:30 -- Aaron, &:c rebuked for burning and not eating that of the congregation, its blood not having been brought into the tabernacle kjv@Leviticus:10:16-18 kjv@Leviticus:9:9 kjv@Leviticus:9:15 -- Whatever touched the flesh of, was rendered holy kjv@Leviticus:6:27 -- Garments sprinkled with the blood of, to be washed kjv@Leviticus:6:27 -- Laws respecting the vessels used for boiling the flesh of kjv@Leviticus:6:28 -- Was typical of Christ's sacrifice kjv@2Corinthians:5:21 kjv@Hebrews:13:11-13

Doctrinal Context: Redemption

(See: Topical study TorreyRedemption or slidy:TorreyRedemption )

Quoted resource: torrey 'Redemption'

Redemption @ Defined kjv@1Corinthians:6:20 kjv@1Corinthians:7:23 -- Is of God kjv@Isaiah:44:21-23 kjv@Isaiah:43:1 kjv@Luke:1:68 -- Is by Christ kjv@Matthew:20:28 kjv@Galatians:3:13 -- Is by the blood of Christ kjv@Acts:20:28 kjv@Hebrews:9:12 kjv@1Peter:1:19 kjv@Revelation:5:9 -- Christ sent to effect kjv@Galatians:4:4 kjv@Galatians:4:5 -- Christ is made, to us kjv@1Corinthians:1:30 -- Is from -- The bondage of the law kjv@Galatians:4:5 -- The curse of the law kjv@Galatians:3:13 -- The power of sin kjv@Romans:6:18 kjv@Romans:6:22 -- The power of the grave kjv@Psalms:49:15 -- All troubles kjv@Psalms:25:22 -- All iniquity kjv@Psalms:130:8 kjv@Titus:2:14 -- All evil kjv@Genesis:48:16 -- The present evil world kjv@Galatians:1:4 -- Vain conversation kjv@1Peter:1:18 -- Enemies kjv@Psalms:106:10 kjv@Psalms:106:11 kjv@Jeremiah:15:21 -- Death kjv@Hosea:13:14 -- Destruction kjv@Psalms:103:4 -- Man cannot effect kjv@Psalms:49:7 -- Corruptible things cannot purchase kjv@1Peter:1:18 -- Procures for us -- Justification kjv@Romans:3:24 -- Forgiveness of sin kjv@Ephesians:1:7 kjv@Colossians:1:14 -- Adoption kjv@Galatians:4:4 kjv@Galatians:4:5 -- Purification kjv@Titus:2:14 -- The present life, the only season for kjv@Job:36:18 kjv@Job:36:19 -- Described as -- Precious kjv@Psalms:49:8 -- Plenteous kjv@Psalms:130:7 -- Eternal kjv@Hebrews:9:12 -- Subjects of -- The soul kjv@Psalms:49:8 -- The body kjv@Romans:8:23 -- The life kjv@Psalms:103:4 kjv@Lamentations:3:58 -- The inheritance kjv@Ephesians:1:14 -- Manifests the -- Power of God kjv@Isaiah:50:2 -- Grace of God kjv@Isaiah:52:3 -- Love and pity of God kjv@Isaiah:63:9 kjv@John:3:16 kjv@Romans:6:8 kjv@1John:4:10 -- A subject for praise kjv@Isaiah:44:22 kjv@Isaiah:44:23 kjv@Isaiah:51:11 -- Old Testament saints partakers of kjv@Hebrews:9:15 -- They who partake of -- Are the property of God kjv@Isaiah:43:1 kjv@1Corinthians:6:20 -- Are first-fruits to God kjv@Revelation:14:4 -- Are a peculiar people kjv@2Samuel:7:23 kjv@Titus:2:14 kjv@1Peter:2:9 -- Are assured of kjv@Job:19:25 kjv@Psalms:31:5 -- Are sealed to the day of kjv@Ephesians:4:30 -- Are Zealous of good works kjv@Ephesians:2:10 kjv@Titus:2:14 kjv@1Peter:2:9 -- Walk safely in holiness kjv@Isaiah:35:8 kjv@Isaiah:35:9 -- Shall return to Zion with joy kjv@Isaiah:35:10 -- Alone can learn the songs of heaven kjv@Revelation:14:3 kjv@Revelation:14:4 -- Commit themselves to God kjv@Psalms:31:5 -- Have an earnest of the completion of kjv@Ephesians:1:14 kjv@2Corinthians:1:22 -- Wait for the completion of kjv@Romans:8:23 kjv@Philippians:3:20 kjv@Philippians:3:21 kjv@Titus:2:11-13 -- Pray for the completion of kjv@Psalms:26:11 kjv@Psalms:44:26 -- Praise God for kjv@Psalms:71:23 kjv@Psalms:103:4 kjv@Revelation:5:9 -- Should glorify God for kjv@1Corinthians:6:20 -- Should be without fear kjv@Isaiah:43:1 -- Typified -- Israel kjv@Exodus:6:6 -- First-born kjv@Exodus:13:11-15 kjv@Numbers:18:15 -- Atonement-money kjv@Exodus:30:12-15 -- Bond-servant kjv@Leviticus:25:47-54

Practical Aspects

  1. VirtuousFaith - The carnal mind is at enmity with the true divine nature and expressed will/promise of God; it desires or lusts after something other presumably of/for it's own. This mind has not the faith nor the virtue obtained through the righteousness of God and Savior, nor will it wish to pursue it. No amount of self determination or self imposed virtue is enough to position the carnal into a "like precious" nature until the enmity is fully dealt with and put aside (because it is the self itself that is at main issue).
  2. KnowledgeableVirtue - God is prepared to set the wisdom of mankind to naught; it is as foolish to HIM as the reprobates say HIS wisdom is to them. There is also the plight expected of the simple minded who sought not the fear of the LORD. In many cases it was for cowardly fear of what their simple minded peers would think of a true God fearing man. In many more cases it was the overwhelming fear of the mere concept of death itself that ruled over them rather than the fear of our living God and future keeping them simple. Fear in either direction goes many ways towards the position one will end up durring this coming time of naught. And if there be any room to glory it will be in Christ solely.
  3. TemperateKnowledge - God looked down from heaven and saw the thoughts of man that they were only continually evil/vain. If all man's thoughts are only vain, a thought that is not vain is most unlikely to emerge from any man (all men). How then is a man or woman to find a substantial spiritual answer if the answers that he/she is searching from are nothing more than the vain thoughts of themselves others?
  4. PatientTemperance - Patience is a work of God brought about most often by one's hope-filled and faithfully executed endurance through hardships. Left to his own capacity man typically responds by compulsions of fight or flight else complaint which is not the same as temperance.
  5. GodlyPatience - Most carnal forms of godliness operate as a reward for one having done something right or having kept one's self from doing something wrong, else as an entitlement just for being who one is. If one is having to be patient by this logic it is because one is not being duly recognized for having done or been such (or so it thinks).
  6. BrotherlyGodliness - Carnality tends either to seek it's own advantage in a benevolence or else it's least cost. How that is brotherly or godly defies explanation.
  7. AgapeBrotherliness - "Without charity" it is stated these other religiosites are but "clanging cymbals". The charity most essential to this understanding is the charity of which God shed for us.

Corruption is not as simple to define as sin or death or false belief, neither can lust be explained as sexual impulse. It can be a difficult to pin point as under estimating the size and scope of a problem, the compartmentalization of your your problems from theirs, the insufficiency of half answers and poor implementations and unsustainable intentions. Corruption might be keeping one's self ignorant of the further need for the meat of God's word or the discomforted rejection of putting God's word further into place. It can be knowing the influence God wishes to have upon your life and yet settling for the commonness of not wanting to stand too far outside of the crowd. Corruption essentially is something/someone being in a state of decay.

When it comes to our own assorted directions and decisions there are only two ultimate directions to go, one the direction all man has gone and will go, two the direction only God Himself in utter and undeserved mercy can take him. The last thing the natural man desires is to go the direction only God can take him, he is at complete enmity as if born feral abject with the very notion. Yes he wants God to free him from this ultimate death, but no he does not want to be proven anything other than wise by his own power/resource or else utterly rebellious to God's forsaking him anything as wise as he sees himself as being.

In a very practical and daily sense our decisions follow the same strongly entrenched determining lines; even as believers. We are willing to steal away morsels from the daily scrap heap, but not to enter the house and partake of the masters excellent feast.

For how long will this self imposed condition be?

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