Balancing Spiritual & Carnal

God tells us, as believers, it is all about the spirit man/person. But we are physically in a body, in the flesh. So how do we deal with this difference? When we say we are to live in the spirit, walk in the spirit and be led by the Spirit as Galatians 5 teaches us, how does that fit in to our job in the flesh? What about when the electric bill comes due? How does living, walking and being led by the Spirit fit into every day life when we are in the flesh still?

Clearly, our spirit man is seated in heavenly places in Christ  Jesus. Ephesians 2:6 KJV  “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” and the Lord Jesus Christ has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places. Ephesians 1:3 KJV  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”

So why are we here in the flesh? And if we are spirit beings and everything is based on spiritual matters, why the flesh? What are we doing in this fleshly body? Are we in a fleshly body to work for the Lord? To win the lost? To preach the gospel? To be an example to others? To enjoy life? It is almost like God has put believers in a field, a field of people. We are to labour in the field – work – in the field. Remember when Jesus said the harvest is great but the laborers are few?

And then what?

When we die,  our works, our labours follow us into eternity. The lost, the unsaved, are judged by the works – at the Great White Throne Judgement (Rev.20:11) Revelation 20:13 KJV  “And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”

We know these are unbelievers because these are cast into the lake of fire as the following verses explain.

Believers are judged by what they did in their body, their flesh. And believers stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:10 KJV  “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

But the difference? Believers receive rewards or loss of rewards by what they do in their flesh, their body. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 KJV  “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
[12] Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
[13] Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
[14] If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
[15] If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

Clearly, we see that what we do in our body, in our flesh, impacts us after we die in this body.

THEN – God throws us a curve. He tells us there are these “spirits” and we can not see them, but they are there. And not only are there these spirits, some of them are evil and wicked and will come against you.

So we have learned that our body, our flesh, what we do in our body our flesh, determines things in our future when we are no longer in this fleshly body, but now we also have these beings we can not see? Ephesians 6:12 KJV  “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places .”

Now what? How do we handle this? We will pick it up from here next time.



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