The Nature of the Flesh
The Nature of the Flesh
The Nature of our Flesh
Matthew 26:41
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. [KJV]

   In exploring this verse from Matthew's Gospel, I really think it to be beneficial to find out just how weak the flesh is. It has been mentioned by some as being the actual enemy of the Spirit of God dwells within us and scriptural reference has been made about this Galatians 5:17. Why? Why is the flesh so weak? The flesh; ...an enemy?

   One of the clearest portraits of the true condition of the flesh that we wear may be seen in that passage of scripture that speaks of the change that will take place in our bodies in 2nd Corinthians 15. Hey, let's take a look!

"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." [KJV]

   The flesh that we wear is corrupted. I say it like this sometimes, when you got saved... your flesh *didn't. No, not at all the flesh remains completely sole out to Satan and seeks to fill its own desires, not those of our Heavenly Father. Here's another clear difference as shown from Galatians 5;


Galatians 5:19
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. [KJV]
Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. [KJV]

   There they are... completely juxtaposed in the Bible. Not only that but we receive the instruction to crucify flesh and this means our flesh. The flesh is corrupted, it is our enemies as children of God and what we must do is place our ungodly flesh under the subjection of the Spirit of God whom dwells within us. In the last post I mentioned this quote I once heard;

   "A mature Christian realizes that his or her real enemy is their own flesh."

   Here's another... from that same broadcast I heard;

   "A true Christian is a walking civil war."


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 Web Author:Michael Stevenson Updated: 12/17/2004 1:26PM