And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Gal. 5:24)
Since the day we were born, we’ve naturally learned to walk according to the flesh.
We’ve gone after all that we could see and feel in front of us.
But when the new birth hits, when the Spirit invades, the source of life becomes Christ and the Spirit together.
I’ve tasted & seen.
Believers united with Christ have done something the rest of the world has not done, nor will do—they have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Why? Because they have tasted and seen. Those things lead to death and decay. Those things cannot fulfill or complete. They are lies. They are temporary.
Fellowship, union, and relationship with God requires that the flesh be crucified. No longer is there any desire within to take part in the unfruitful works of darkness. A light has risen. A hunger for righteousness is born inside those who’ve experienced God.
Sure, this blog post is hitting some pretty serious points, but this is reality. We desperately need to understand this. I never worry about those who’ve tasted and seen for themselves how sweet the gospel is. Brothers and sisters who’ve experienced union with Christ are never my worry! They are sealed, redeemed, forgiven, repentant. They are saved.
My worry is for those who walk according to the flesh, following their earthly plans. When you walk according to the flesh, you can be smart about it. You can find ways to justify things. Satan can twist God’s Word to mean other things than what God intended. Pridefully, it’s possible to justify just about anything, and even at the expense of friendships.
Following God is not about learning how to use the Bible to justify your ways to get what you want. It’s about laying down your life. Everything becomes about God, not you.
I lay my life down because Christ did for me.
We are not ever to decide for each other who gets into heaven and who doesn’t. However, we are called to be “fruit-inspectors.” I guess I’m coming up with this post because the verse at the beginning stopped me in my tracks. It got me thinking, “Yeah… *nodding my head* Yeah.” Those who belong to Christ, have crucified the flesh.
We definitely will not walk in a perfect repentance. Both, you and I will only be able to stop sinning as soon as we arrive at heaven’s gates. On earth here, we will keep on sinning. Only, we will be as repentant as can be.
… Alas, those who belong to Christ, have crucified the flesh.
Jesus has done all the work required for us to receive salvation for free. He laid down his life to obey the Father perfectly. He lived the type of life we should have lived, and died the type of death we deserve to die. The fact that he is God changes things, but you get what I mean.
His life and death has convinced me to live a life pleasing to God. I love God because he first loved me. And following the flesh is not pleasing to him. I want to follow Christ, not the flesh. “If you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live,” (Rom. 8:13).
… What is speaking to you?
Does this ring in your heart?
If you are a believer and follower of Christ, I know this rings true in your heart. The heading above is just rhetorical. If you follow Christ, and love him, you would agree and already live it! I know this because this is from the Bible. And if you love the Bible, you follow the Bible as hard as you can because you love God.
Those who don’t love God don’t obey his Word. Plain and simple. The Word and the Spirit work together.
Throw your own dreams in the trash and behold God. Treasure him above all else, because he is seriously majestic. He is mighty and glorious. He is awesome. He is the star-breather. He is King of kings, and Lord of lords.
When we get God, we love God. When we see the cross, we want to pick up our own. The way we once walked is not how we are to keep walking. We are to stop, count the cost, and crucify the flesh because its ways are fleeting.