The Flesh, Our Humanity
by Norman P. Grubb
The flesh, Paul’s common term for our humanity, is right in its right ownership, as with Jesus (“God manifest in the flesh”). With us, it had become “sinful flesh”, but then in Christ the sin was condemned in the flesh. |
Romans 8:3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, and in Galatians 5:24 “they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its affections and lusts”
And in Galatians 2:20 “the life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God”. Flesh as humanity is, of course, always available to temptations by its appetites Galatians 5:16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law and can catch us out if we foolishly go back to struggle with self-effort.
But if we fully recognize the Spirit expressing Himself as us/by us, then that old pull of sin and the “you ought not” law on our deceived self has no further power Galatians 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
Flesh is not in itself an evil thing any more than the eye is evil. It is the lusts, which are evil, not the flesh or the eyes 1 John 2:16 For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father, but from the world.
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