I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God….(Galatians 2:20 ESV)
I am sure some of you might be scratching your head after reading the title “The Holy Spirit works in the flesh”! Is not the flesh evil and always against the Spirit, and so must be mortified? I will struggle to explain this truth in this short devotional, but if you understand this mystery, it will impact your walk with the Spirit.
The flesh, as I discussed many times, when used in connection with the Holy Spirit does not mean the body but the whole human being from the earthly perspective without the influence of the Spirit. Man is Spirit and flesh, viewed from spiritual and earthly perspective. The flesh in itself is not evil or sinful. The Word in John 1:14 became flesh, and He was sinless. When the flesh is corrupted and ruled by sin, then all the problems we are dealing with daily start surfacing. Galatians 2:20 above says Christ lives in me and this life that I am living now in the flesh…Christ lives in you in the flesh. Remember, the Christ that is in you is the Holy Spirit!
The Holy Spirit is expressed in the flesh. That means the Spirit is expressed in and through you, through your emotions, thoughts, will, and body. You, flesh, are the organ of divine expression of the Holy Spirit. It means the character of the Holy Spirit will be expressed through the way you feel( eg agape love for others), think, desire, act, speak or your overall personality. God’s purpose in grace is to make your life a visible expression of Him. That is what the glory is all about. Imagine people looking at you and not seeing you but God yet it is not God but you! That is the mystery Galatians 2:20 is seeking to convey. Catch it!
I have shared a complicated truth above. Please reread as necessary and reach out to me with questions!
APPLY THE WORD
Do not discard your emotions. The Spirit wants to use them to make you express His love for others. Do not destroy your mind. The Spirit thinks in you using your mind. Do not mistreat your body. The Spirit needs that body to function on the earth! The Spirit expresses Himself in you as you. Grow in this truth and yield to Him!
Ask the Lord for an understanding of this truth.