- May 23, 2016
No sorry I don't still have flesh. It was crucified when Christ came in.
But here is my understanding:
You say you do not have flesh. Yes, you do. The flesh was not crucified when Christ came in.
It was the old nature (or old man, or sin nature) that was crucified with Christ (at our new birth). It is always important to make a clear distinction between the old man/sin nature, which is a spirit level reality, and the "flesh" which is a soul/body level reality.
Here are the major verses that talk of being crucified with Christ:
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Colossians 2:20 If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the w
The "I" in Galatians 2:20 and Colossians 2:20 is not your flesh, but the old you (your old man/sin nature).
Never in Scripture is the "flesh" said to be crucified with Christ.
Galatians 5:24 says this: "And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." The verb "have crucified" here is a gnomic aorist tense which means something like this: = it is the normal disposition of those who are in Christ to crucify the flesh. But this is after conversion, not when we are crucified with Christ (conversion). The Christian still has the flesh, though what we need to do is to crucify it.