KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:9 KJV “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his”.
We now start a new series on life in the Spirit. The Christian is of the Spirit and he is supposed to live in the Spirit. The man without Christ is in the flesh and described as natural. 1 Corinth 2:14a KJV” But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God…… “Many Christians are struggling because they have not come to a clear understanding of how to live in the Spirit. Galatians 5:16 KJV” This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh”. The scripture says if we walk in the Spirit, we would not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
What is the flesh? The flesh from the Biblical point of view in some moments refers to the body (Rom 7:18). At other instances it is the influence of the body on the mind. It is the power that the longings of the body exercises on the mind. (Rom 8:9). Our key scripture says we are not in the flesh. This is clearly not talking about the body. We live in this physical body. We as children of God, do not live in the influence of the body on our minds. The influence of the body on the mind is the flesh.
Just consider the following scripture. Rom 7:25 KJV” 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.” It says I myself with my mind serve the law of God. It is saying through my mind I live in the Spirit and I do the things of the spirit. It also says with my flesh I serve the law of sin. In this very instant too, it says when I allow the body to dictate to my mind, the flesh now takes over and makes me serve the law of sin. The switch between either being in the flesh or the spirit is what the mind chooses to dwell on. Rom 8:5 KJV” For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit”.
You will live a very glorious life of the spirit as you come to terms with these things.
Lord Jesus, I pray that you grant me an understanding of the life in the Spirit. Flood my heart with light and enlighten me upon these amazing truths. Thank you, Lord Jesus.
Rom 8:13 KJV” For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live”.
Galatians 5:18 KJV” But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law”.