Crucify the Flesh

In the Bible, the flesh refers to the sinful nature that we inherit in this fallen, corrupted world:

For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out(Romans 7:18, NIV)

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin(Romans 7:25)

That’s why the Bible tells us to crucify (i.e. get rid of) the flesh

Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24)

Scripture is quite clear that there is nothing good about our flesh:

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like. (Galatians 5:19-21)

The flesh and Spirit are in direct opposition to one another:

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. (Galatians 5:17)

Our minds are part of the flesh and part of the problem:

The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. (Romans 8:7)

Carnal is another euphemism for the flesh

No one becomes perfect until we attain our glorified bodies in Heaven. Even the heroes of the faith struggled against their flesh after being saved:

The Apostle Paul struggled: For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. (Romans 7:15)

The Apostle Peter struggled: Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, ‘Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!’ But He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men(Matthew 16:22-23)

The Apostle Thomas doubted (the opposite of faith): Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” (John 20:24-25)

So, the issue is, how do we crucify our remaining flesh?

The Scriptural solution?

Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (Romans 13:14)

Put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

In prayer, through the power of the Holy Spirit and in Jesus’ Name, put off the old man of flesh and put on the new man of God every day

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