For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, Rom 8:3 NAS
God has condemned sin in the flesh, this is why it dies. The wages of sin are death.
For most Christians, I believe they see this as only in Jesus flesh on the cross. But this is not correct. To be born again we must die with Christ on the cross. When we place our faith and trust in Jesus, before we are born again, our flesh is crucified and dies one time on that same cross in God’s eyes. By faith we are supposed to agree with God to what He states is true. What God says is true is as good as done and we all know that our flesh does die a much softer death than crucifixion for most of us.
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Gal 2:20 NAS
Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. Rom 7:4 NAS
Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Rom 6:3-7 NAS
Sin has been condemned in the flesh; all flesh. Our flesh has been circumcised by God, set apart from our spirit. In other words, our unredeemed flesh is cut off from our perfected, righteous, born again spirit. It is separated onto death like all flesh that is separated from life. Our flesh has been cut off from any possibility of inheritance as sin will never enter heaven. While in the spirit, we are a co-heir with Christ – Rom 8:17.
And in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Col 2:11-14 NAS
The circumcision of flesh is when our spirit is sanctified and made holy, both terms mean set apart. Our born again spirit is righteous, sanctified, holy and perfected by the blood of Jesus. It will never be any more righteous or perfect than it is right now. It is also sealed by the Holy Spirit from any possibility of contamination from our fallen flesh that it still lives within.
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Eph 4:30 NAS
Our life as a Christian is supposed to be focused on who we are in the Spirit, the new creation, not who we were in our crucified and dead flesh, the old creation. It is our opportunity to learn to walk in the Spirit before leaving our dead flesh. Our opportunity to do living works for our living God and be ambassadors for Christ. Walking in the Spirit lifts us above our circumstances in the peace of Christ. Just picture Peter walking on water. The water, waves, wind, fear, worry and doubt were the circumstances and for a moment Peter walked above all circumstances. Our born again spirit cannot be seen in the mirror on our wall. It can only be seen by gazing at the perfection of Christ as if we are looking into a mirror at the image of Christ, as God sees us.
Obviously, the enemy does not want us to walk in the Spirit. Satan wants to keep us in the flesh where he can attack us, bringing doubt, fear, worry and condemnation. In a real sense, Satan wants us to keep trying to resurrect the flesh. If we think we are still in the flesh, he can use the law against us that God says we are no longer under – Rom 6:14 - to bring condemnation. In the spirit, in Christ Jesus, there is no condemnation.
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Rom 8:1-4 NAS
Whatever we focus on grows. If we focus on our problems and fear’s they grow and we will be overwhelmed. If we focus on who we are in the flesh and try and correct the flesh by the flesh, through force, do this, don’t do that, we will still be walking in the flesh and we will fail. While the flesh may give the illusion that it will make things right, it is a lie; the flesh will never defeat itself. With any alleged victory, the flesh will end up in pride, self-righteousness and judgment of others, just more sin, no solution, just an unending circle of sin.
“Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence. Col 2:21, 23 NAS
The flesh is man’s natural way and God’s way is much higher and the only thing that will work to give us victory in this life. Walking in the Spirit is the only way to defeat the lusts of the flesh.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. Isa 55:8-9 NAS
God’s way is for us to walk by faith and not by sight. To walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. To believe what God says is already done in His eyes. To spend the rest of our life here focused on the glorious beauty that is ours in the spirit, in Christ. To do this we simply believe what God states is true that we cannot yet see with our physical eyes. When we focus on who we are in Christ, in the Spirit, we have great victory in this life as the fruits of the Spirit are naturally produced in our life. We walk in his peace above the circumstances like Peter did when he focused on Jesus and walked above the doubt, fear, worry, water and waves. Here is a good start to focusing on who you are in the Spirit.
I Believe that in Christ I am:
Greatly loved by God - Ephesians 2:4 - Forgiven of all my sins - Ephesians 1:7
Free from the law of sin and death - Romans 8:2 - Righteous - Rom 5:19
Complete - Colossians 2:10 NASB - Justified - 1 Corinthians 6:11
Sanctified - Hebrews 10:10 NASB - Holy and without blame - Ephesians 1:4
Perfected - Hebrews 10:14 NASB
For great victory, study the New Covenant in Hebrews and who you are in Christ. Learn to divide the word properly. Most believers mix the Old Covenant law of Moses and the New Covenant of grace and truth and have little to no victory. Christians are exclusively under the new covenant Jesus died to place in effect for us.
Many more New Covenant Bible Studies HERE. Jesus poured out His blood for the New Covenant of grace and truth, replacing the Old Covenant law of Moses. Believers are exclusively under the New Covenant, the last will and testament of Jesus that began after the cross.
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:20