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Then the Lord God said,“Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.
From the beginning, the division between flesh and spirit tells the tale of mankind’s greatest inward conflict. That, the separation between man and God would ultimately be a result created by the inherent rift, amid our flesh and spirit, within man. The meaning behind the story of the fall of man, through Adam and Eve all the way to our present day, is that our flesh and His spirit have been made to exist refuting one another. In this manner, what has been the gain for one has had to come at the expense of the other.
For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other…
Where it were ever since man was cursed to return to the dirt in which he came from (Genesis 3:19), it has been for man that obeying the greater passions of his flesh were set to be spiritually divisive to the Father. These very acts, which are sin producing death, would also be included as part of the very thing scripture was written to expose. In essence, that the things of the flesh will perish as they do, and the things of the Spirit will endure as the things of the Spirit endure.
To this end, in order to fully edify the heavenly and divine in us, the things earthly and vain would have to become overcame within. In this higher objective scripture would consistently affirm that in order for us to become truly perfect before our Creator we would have to fully overcome the selfish and insatiable nature of our flesh. As it would be, failure to adequately do so would then yield formation to the body of Sin.
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
As we note the morality of our flesh, we can conclude that its desires cannot coincide with God’s will. Surely then, we can also conclude that there exists a fundamental flaw in our flesh’s reasoning stemming from its propensity for making fundamentally irrational decisions. However, where we accept its limitations, we also open ourselves up to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
Just as our mother gave birth to our physical body, God gives life to our spiritual body. This truth is universal for all people. Within each, there is a spirit which was given to us by our spiritual Father. As such, we each have the choice to either satisfy it or deny it. Furthermore, where our spiritual self is manifest by the very body of God eternal, it desires to do the righteous things that our flesh resists. It is this spiritual presence which then gives us wisdom to grow and develop in a manner which is according to His intention.
For we know that the law is spiritual
I delight in the law of God, in my inner being
This also applies to God’s laws and His given commandments. We subsequently embrace God’s commandments inwardly, for the commandments bear the same origin as the spirit which fills us. However, the law was never made for the flesh because it, being rebellious to God, is against the spirit within. Wherever we find discord with the commandments of God, we then find accord with that which is also against God.
This implies that the highest state of living in is to be loosened from the desires of the flesh. Because the spirit within is perfect and eternal, being of God born by God, in it we follow the instruction our spiritual Father imparts. In such a way, it is therefore only in fully abiding in our spirit that we may be able to walk as God made us to do so. In all that we are and can be, without doubt, our greatest limitations occur as a result of needless submissions to inherently flawed desires; whereas, when we satisfy the wants of our spirit instead, we truly begin walking the greater path God calls us to walk.
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“Born of the Spirit” © 2016 ML Ainsworth
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