Break #47
Our Flesh

Continuing on... we dig a little more into Galatians.  Now we are in chapter five. And ya know, there is no better study than to just sit down and read the entire chapter / any chapter from the beginning to the end - in one meditative and contemplative sitting.  But, for now, let's just go on with a specific subject from this chapter.

Review: Remembering what we have learned about our flesh; being aware of the operation of God; experiencing the peace of knowing that the works of our flesh are not being imputed to us; realizing that we are dead to sin; and finally accepting the fact that our biggest battle is with ourselves - our own flesh, not the devil; (although the devil sure knows how to work our flesh, doesn't he!) can anyone see the importance of this subject now?

Adding to the above comments, we must never forget Romans 7:15-25, which include the following key verses:

  • For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
  • For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
  • For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
  • Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
(By the way, do you ever meditate on those verses?  Do you really grasp what that all means to you?  When we are cut away from our flesh, we are truly cut away and are cut away far from our flesh - what a joyous thing to understand.)

Note: Even though Paul had the Risen Saviour, he still knew he was a wretched man because of that sin that was still in his flesh.  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Paul's battle - and my battle - and your battle is between our mind and our flesh! - I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

So, let's pause for a few moments, if you haven't already done so, sit back and meditate on those verses (from 15-25).  If you truly grasp what Christ did concerning our flesh - and our soul, etc., you will see what the modern Christian is missing from their pastor / preacher / teacher.  Christ actually did more than "just" die for our sins, He truly did something to us... He MADE us free. 

Romans 6:18: Being then made free from sin...

Romans 6:22: But now being made free from sin,...

Romans 8:2: ...Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Galatians 5:1: Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free...

(Of course, each of those verses has more content in them - and they deserve a sermon for each verse- but not now...)

In fact, if you meditate long enough, you might even see how it could be very possible for those modern Christians to not even be Christians after all... but you have to meditate long on that thought.  I see it and believe without any doubt; the devil is such a deceiver and liar that his new modern 'bibles' have kept that flesh from truly being cut away! So with that being the case, then that someone is still dead in their sins and just playing the 'good Christian' religion!  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof....  II Timothy 3:5.

Ok, now on to something many 'bible' reading Christians don't want to accept.  The specific works of YOURS and MY flesh!

Galatians chapter 5
We see in the first verse that we are to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.  He doesn't just 'declare' us free, He MAKE us free.  So being free that we are now made, Paul asks why would we still let our flesh entangle us again with the yoke of bondage.  Being MADE FREE, and knowing that our flesh still works us daily, WE are the ones who allow ourselves to put ourselves into bondage to that flesh.

  • We see in verses 5 and 6, it is faith - HIS faith, not ours - that we continue in our daily lives with.  Remember Galatians 2:16 and 20? Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 
  • I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Ok, while we could easily do a verse by verse commentary on Galatians - and it would be one of those commentaries you wouldn't find in any religious bookstore... we see a reminder in verse 13, that we have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh...  So yes, and according to Romans 6, we now make our own choice in how we walk our Christian walk. 

If we read our good ole KJB - which is how we walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16,17), we will be able to do the things we ought... but if stay out of that KJB and do what WE think we ought (Ephesians 4:17-24 - now be sure to stop now and read those verses to see what we can choose to do by staying out of our KJB...), then we cannot do the things that ye would.

Ok - now here is the part that I am sure many Christians will not accept:

Knowing that we are cut away from our flesh, yet also knowing that our flesh still dwelleth within, then the works of the flesh are still capable of manifesting themselves in our walk.  So when we read Galatians 5:19-21, we are not only seeing the "lifestyle of the lost,' we are also being reminded of the very WORKS OF OUR flesh that we battle with - and are still capable of doing in our day to day walk, whether we want to or not, they are still capable of coming out in our lives.  The more we walk in our own thoughts, etc. and less from a KJB, we will see some of these works of the flesh manifest themselves in OUR OWN lives, too.

Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry,
witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife,
seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:

And yes, Paul follows them up with this statement: 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.  So those people which do those things, they are lost - not just because they do those things, but because they are still dead in their sins. 

However, how about you / me - who are dead to sin?  Well, remember Paul said it is NOT you / me doing those things anymore.  It is your flesh - it is sin that dwelleth in you!  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

I would think that there are some works in that list that we certainly know better than to do - but there are also a few things there that we are tempted with... and yet, even those 'biggies'... if we were to actually do them, well... you know what Christ did to our flesh, etc.   You can see why we still need the judgment seat of Christ to take care of our works that our flesh got us to do.

P.S. - And if you say YOU don't do some of those things listed above in some form or another, then may I suggest that you take a closer look at EACH of those words - check the definitions - you will find your own works of the flesh that sometimes pop up in your daily walk... IF you are willing to be honest with yourself.

If you don't think those things can pop up in your life, then you are a better Christian than Paul - and for that, I would say, "Uh, I don't think so!"

We will go on with the fruit of the Spirit in the next break.  This is enough for us to meditate, for now... Or it is enough for some of you to say, "Sianarah, Paulson - you have gone too far off the deep end with this one!"

But let me say, there is still more to be said than that what has been said so far - so stick with me until the end - it truly does have a happy ending - howbeit a challenging ending, but a happy ending nonetheless - eventually!


Mikel Paulson
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Hazelton, ND, 58544
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