Fighting the Flesh


It is the believer’s duty and delight to love Christ by keeping His commands (). However, this is not always easy. The Christian lives with a conflict and struggle: they are simultaneously a saint and a sinner. Positionally, the Christian is justified and is a saint. Yet every believer knows the battle with indwelling sin. The cause of such a conflict is the flesh. The word flesh is used various ways in the Scriptures. It can refer to the physical human body (), human nature () and human sinfulness (). It is the third description that I have in view in this post.

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15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.