sermonette: This Body of Death
Ted E. Bowling
Given 21-May-16; Sermon #1323s; 16 minutes
The Greeks and Romans had a form of punishment that was meted out to a convicted murderer, a practice evidently familiar to the apostle Paul. The Greek or Roman judge would order the corpse of the murdered person to be attached permanently, face-to-face with the murderer, allowing the body to decompose until the murderer, overcome by the vile stench, was consumed by infection and would lose his life. Paul likened our old man, our sin-drenched carnal human nature, to that stinking corpse attached to the murderer. Sadly, the longer we are immersed in stench, the more we become deadened to its lethal effects, similar to how the smoker becomes immune to the smell of smoke. If we stay connected to sin, we will succumb to its lethal effects. God hates sin; it is a putrid stench in His nostrils, as it should be in ours. We will always be at war with the carnal man, but we cannot give up, as we reach out for Christ's sacrifice to deliver us from a gruesome death sentence.
Amos 5:21 Captives Corrupt habits Decaying person God hates sin Hebrews 12:1-2 Isaiah 55:8 Murderer tied to a dead body for a slow death Numbers 19:11-13 Paul's struggle against sin Romans 6:5-6; 7:18-19, 24-25; 8:7 Sin is a stench in the nostrils of God Sin is repugnant Sinners cannot smell the stench Understanding sin Virgil's poem in the 8th Book of Aeneid War with sin warfare with human nature