It is so important that we detach ourselves from our sinful nature that the Bible uses very many different expressions to describe it. Below are some are some samples. The fact that there are so many indicates not only that it is critically important but that dying to self is not a one-off experience for a Christian. It is a daily battle.
Matthew 10:39 . . . he who loses his life for my sake will find it.
Luke 9:23 . . . If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.
Luke 14:26 If anyone comes to me, and doesnít disregard . . . his own life also, he canít be my disciple.
John 12:25 He who loves his life will lose it. He who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life.
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be in bondage to sin
Romans 8:4 That the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:13 For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Romans 13:12 . . . Letís therefore throw off the deeds of darkness, and letís put on the armor of light.
1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee sexual immorality. . . .
1 Corinthians 9:27 But I beat my body and bring it into submission , lest by any means, after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.
2 Corinthians 6:17 Therefore ďĎCome out from among them, and be separate,' says the Lord. 'Touch no unclean thing. I will receive you.'
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me. . . .
Galatians 5:24 Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.
Galatians 6:14 But far be it from me to boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Ephesians 4:22 That you put away , as concerning your former way of life, the old man, that grows corrupt after the lusts of deceit
Philippians 3:13 . . . Forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before
Colossians 2:11 in whom you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ
Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth..
Colossians 3:5 Put to death therefore your members which are on the earth: sexual immorality, uncleanness, depraved passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry
Colossians 3:8-10 But now you also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and shameful speaking out of your mouth. Donít lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his doings, and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge after the image of his Creator
Titus 2:12 Instructing us to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we would live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world
Hebrews 12:1 . . . let us . . . lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us
James 1:21 Therefore, putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with humility the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
1 Peter 2:1 Putting away therefore all wickedness, all deceit, hypocrisies, envies, and all evil speaking
1 Peter 2:11 Beloved, I beg you as foreigners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.
1 John 2:15 Donít love the world or the things that are in the world.
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