What does “victory” really look like?
One thing needs to be made clear, that “victory” does not mean sinless perfection at any point in the sanctification process. But the gospel has given us amazing armor for mortifying addictions and false worship associated with these addictions.
For instance, Romans 8:13 teaches that, the Holy Spirit himself enables sincere efforts on the part of the believer to mortify sin. This results in true spiritual living on into eternity. This is what is meant by “victory”. Real, actual progress is being made in conquering the deeds of the body. Simultaneously, the Spirit is working in the believer the joy and pleasure of walking and speaking and thinking in fellowship with the Father Son and Holy Spirit. This is real life, real victory!
See also Romans 6:1-4. These texts teach that our union with Jesus Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection lays the groundwork that just as Him, “we too might walk in newness of life”. This is real life! Real victory! 1 John 2:6
We must always keep in mind that victory is not a climactic moment of perfection where all struggle ceases but rather a walk of faith from glory to glory, culminating in seeing him face-to-face in glory. 2 Corinthians 4:4, 6, 1 John 2-3
We become, even while imperfect, free to worship the Father, Son and Spirit without guilt and full of joy inexpressible and full of glory!
Why is sexual sin so addictive and enticing?
We live in a culture that has put more emphasis on the body than the soul. Advances in medicine treat mainly, the body. Gymnasiums, all forms of social media, health spas, dietary products; cosmetics, clothing, definitions of beauty etc., are measures aimed at the ‘priority of the body over the soul. A natural outcome of this priority is that the urges, instincts and lusts leading to addictive habits and practices. Scripture tells us to make our bodies a living sacrifice and to transform our minds to no longer be shaped like this world (Romans 12:1–2, Ephesians 4:19, 22).
Underneath this almost exclusive emphasis on the body is the idolatrous worship of the soul. The soul, neglected and almost abandoned, under impulses of sin, develops carnal appetites and powerful erotic inclinations to worship objects (pornography for instance) which are exactly suited to fulfill these sexual idolatries. This is described with horror in Romans 1:20, 21.
Why such an emphasis on “the Trinity”?
The Trinity is the exclusive ‘Frame of Reference’ for understand the origin, meaning, and purpose of everything and everyone created in God’s image. The Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is the grounding presupposition determining the nature and reason for creation, the cross, and the church. Author Fred Sanders has ably said, “It is the deep grammar of all the central Christian affirmations.” The eternal Triune reality is the background for all reality.
For instance, our adoption: the idea, provision, and filial experience are derived from the Trinity.
This is most succinctly stated in Galatians 4:4-6
“God sent forth his Son… so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
Finally, every aspect of our salvation was accomplished by the Trinity. All three persons of the Trinity were involved. Generally speaking, the Father planned, the Son accomplished, and the Holy Spirit applied. It is worth taking the time to carefully study this in Ephesians 1:1-14