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possessions, self-assertiveness (hence, quarrelsomeness, vanity, the lust to dominate), etc. Briefly, it refers to inordinate longing for pleasure, power, and possessions. See also 1 John 2:16, and on Titus 3:3. Positively, grace trains us in order that “in the here and now” (this present age; cf. 1 Tim. 6:17; 2 Tim. 4:10; then Rom. 12:2; 1 Cor. 1:20; 2 Cor. 4:4; contrasted with the coming age in Eph. 1:21; cf. Mark 10:30) we may live lives which display a changed relation: a. to oneself: “selfmastery,”
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