Dividing The Flesh From The Spirit
As mentioned last time, Paul goes into great depth and detail explaining the separation of our spirit, soul and body. In our post Carrying A Corpse we explained how Jesus opens man’s understanding to the devil and the spirit realm. Yes, the Old Testament mentions Satan and evil spirits but the New Testament expands on the spirit realm. We will not repeat the information from that post here. You may want to read that post.
Did you ever think about and study the Mount of Transfiguration? The gospels record the event and how Jesus physically changed in front of Peter, James and John. And not only did Jesus physically change but Moses and Elias ( Elijah ) appeared and Peter, James and John recognized Moses and Elijah. Did you ever wonder, how did they know it was Moses and Elijah? Moses and Elijah lived hundreds and thousands of years before them. They never met Moses and Elijah. How did they know it was them? Were they holding something that identified them? We read in the gospels then Moses and Elijah had vanished and Jesus was “back to normal”.
As Paul was laying foundational ground work about Jews and Gentiles now being one in Christ, he explains in terms the Jews understood. Using the example of circumcision, Paul explains it is not about the outward appearance but what is going on in the inward (see Romans 2:28,29). It is not about the flesh – it is about the inward, the spirit and the heart. Romans 2:29 KJV “But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”
Remember last time we said when someone gets saved, an operation happens to the new believer. Colossians 2:12 KJV “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.”
God performs an operation on the new believer. How? The word of God divides our soul and spirit, our joints and marrow, and discerns the thoughts and intents of our heart. Hebrews 4:12 KJV
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
In plain English, the operation God does when every man (mankind) gets saved is he removes other spirits from our spirit, 2 Corinthians 11:4 and Ephesians 2:2 KJV “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”
And replaces those spirits with the Holy Spirit Romans 8:13; 2 Corinthians 4:13; and Ephesians 2:22 KJV “In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”
The circumcision of the heart affects our soul and spirit Romans 2:29 KJV
“But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”
And, Romans 7:6 KJV “But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.”
And, 2 Corinthians 3:6 KJV “Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”
Separating our flesh from our spirit man is difficult to understand but if you can understand you will see how your flesh is truly only a vessel to accomplish what your spirit man is to do. As a believer, we are to be led by the Spirit, live in the spirit, and walk in the Spirit as Paul explains in Galatians 5: 16-25.
What Paul was doing in Romans 8 was laying the foundation of our spirit man. In Romans 8:1 people say see, if you walk according to your flesh you are condemned. That is not at all what that verse is saying and Paul goes into great detail (39 verses to be exact, in that chapter) to explain this.
Romans 8:1-2 KJV “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
Paul explains Jesus condemned sin in the flesh in verse 3. As you read through chapter 8 you see Paul explaining the flesh and spirit.
Romans 8:3-8 KJV “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
 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.
 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
So now you need to answer a question. Are you truly saved? Yes or No. Have you been born again the way the scripture tells you? Yes or No. Are you a true believer and child of God? Yes or No? If you answered yes to these three questions then the Spirit of God dwells in you. The Holy Spirit is inside you. And, 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.”
You say but wait a minute, I am still in the flesh. If you are saved you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit. Your flesh is nothing more than a vessel for the Spirit of God to work through. We will pick it up from here next time.
Until next time.