“It is the Spirit that quickeneth — the flesh profits nothing” “For we are the circumcision which worship God in the Spirit and rejoice in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh.” [Jn.6:63; Phil.3:3]

The first of these texts is a statement of eternal, immutable truth directly from Christ. The second is a Holy Spirit inspired truthful description of all who have been saved that comes from the writings of the apostle Paul. Both of these texts expose and have to do in some way or another with revealing to us the truth about the “flesh”.

First of all, the Lord Jesus declares concerning the “flesh” that it is completely and totally unprofitable; or, more literally, the “flesh” is without any use or benefit to us spiritually! In fact, the rest of vs.63 and 64 go on to say, “…the words that I say unto you, they are spirit and they are life; but there are some of you that believe not!” Then the Word tells us: “For Jesus knew, from the beginning, who they were that believed not, and who should betray Him.” Those who betray Christ in this life — do so by their reliance upon, and trust in, the “flesh” instead of Him.

Next, the holy Spirit of Christ through Paul, His apostle, teaches us that the true and genuine eternally loved and chosen child of God comes to realize that in this fallen and sinful world they cannot put any confidence at all in the “flesh”! This is so significant where our walk through life in this world is concerned. We cannot trust the “flesh” at all! This has to do with our feelings, our wills or the way that things in this world may seem to be. This teaches us that we need to be enabled and led by the Holy Spirit in order to rely only on the sovereignty of our Savior for everything that confronts us here circumstantially! This keeps us in a constant posture of humble prayer — waiting upon our great God and deliverer to manifest His saving presence in the midst of all of our trials. And, He will never leave us. He will ever be there for us to preserve, protect, provide and guide us. Praise His mighty Name!

Jesus told us from Jn.16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In this world, ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer – I have overcome the world!” This points us directly to the discourse that Jesus delivered right before He went to the cross. Here He tells us where it is that we have peace, even in this turbulent world of, oh so many, fleshly trials! We have peace “in Him”. In fact, He is our peace (Eph.2:14)!

Woe unto those that continually put their confidence and trust in the thinking and the deeds of the “flesh”. May our sovereign Lord, by His great grace, cause us to both will and do of, only, His good pleasure just as it says in Phil.2:13. This is that which constitutes for every true believer that which is described from Gal.5:16: “This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Let us pray for one another that this be the substance of our walk in this world.

For Christ’s Glory Only-
John Carpenter

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