The Flesh in Itself is Not Sinful

Original Sin Advocates: Our bodies are made of sin.

Me: Somebody, quick! Hand me a microscope so I can find it.

Will I find it? No, because sin is not a substance.

Sin is a violation of God’s law (1 Jn. 3:4). God’s law tells us the types of choices we should and shouldn’t make (Exo. 20:3-17), not what type of body or nature we should or shouldn’t have.

God is the author of our flesh (Exodus 4:11, Isaiah 44:2, Jer. 1:5).

Our flesh is made out of dirt (Gen. 2:7, Gen. 3:19).

It is true that our flesh is the occasion of our sin, or the source of temptation (James 1:14), but sin itself is a choice (John 5:14, John 8:11, Rom. 6:12; Rom. 6:19 Eph. 4:26). Flesh is nothing but an inanimate conglomerate of biological tissue, it has no moral quality. However, if the SOUL living in the body of flesh gives itself over to exist for bodily satisfaction, the body becomes filled with inordinate lusts. It is then flesh full of sin – in the Bible called, “sinful flesh.” The flesh is not sinful by nature. It is sinful by application. WE are the APPLICATORS.

Our body needs to be kept under subjection (1 Corinthians 9:27).

It is sinful to walk according to the flesh (2 Cor. 10:2), or to be living to gratify our flesh in over indulgence, but it is not sinful to walk in the flesh (2 Cor. 10:3.)

Flesh is not sinful in itself. Jesus had flesh (Luke 24:39, John 1:14, 1 Tim. 3:16, 1 Jn. 4:3, 2 Jn. 1:7).

Jesus had the same type of flesh that we have (Heb. 2:14; Heb. 2:17).

Jesus was made in the likeness of sinful flesh (Rom. 8:3), which means Jesus was made in the likeness of men, in the flesh (Philippians 2:7). The word “flesh” at times is synonymous with men (Gen. 6:12, Matt. 16:17).

The Gnostic’s taught that the flesh was sinful in and of itself (1 Jn. 4:3, 2 Jn. 1:7).

Our flesh is an INSTRUMENT which we could use for sin or for righteousness (Rom. 6:13, Rom. 6:19).

Our flesh is sanctified when we have ceased to sin when we come to God in faith and repentance (Rom. 12:1, 2 Cor. 7:10-11; 1 Thes. 4:4, 1 Thes. 5:23, 1 Tim. 2:8).

Sarx = flesh, as in body of flesh, and nothing more. “Sinful flesh” is flesh that has been allowed to selfishly indulge. The flesh is sinful or righteous only in its application, that is, as it is used by a moral agent.

More later…


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