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The word most often in the original Greek language for concupiscence is lust. Desire
and covet are also related to the thought of concupiscence. However, in the four
places where concupiscence is used in the KJV Bible, it is always used in a negative
way. The sense of this word when used is unrestrained passion—referring to uncon-
trolled and immoral lusts. Man’s heart by nature and apart from God, is slave to his
wicked passions. Without new life from Christ and the power of the Spirit to live
according to that new life (eternal life), a person has no strength to keep themselves
from giving in to such immoral, evil desires and passions.

The world today is flooded with such corrupt and unrestrained passions. We are
constantly bombarded with the corrputed morals of a society which allows and
encourages every kind of God dishonoring lust to be satisfied. Worse yet, the world
considers the actions of all who try to satisfy such concupisence as perfectly normal
and a completely acceptable life style! It also teaches us that we should ‘tolerate’
such immorality even if we, as Christians, do not agree with such filth.

The Bible, however, plainly shows what God’s thoughts are of immoral, uncon-
trolled passion. We read in Col. 3:5, “Mortify therefore your members which are
upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence,
and covetousness, which is idolatry:
”. In 1 Thess. 4:4, 5 in the J. N. D. translation
we also read: “that each of you know how to possess his own vessel (physical body)
in sanctification and honour, (not in passionate desire
[concupiscence], even as the
nations who know not God,
)”.

Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ can and must walk by faith, in the strength of the
Spirit of God and with the grace of the Lord Jesus, not giving in to the desires and
lusts of the wicked flesh that God has condemened and put to death at the cross in
the death of Christ. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but
Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the
Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me
.” (Gal. 2:20)