“…what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who DO NOT LIVE ACCORDING TO THE FLESH but according to the Spirit.” (Rom. 8:3-4)
[In one church that my wife pastored, they were taught that when we were sanctified our flesh was “dead.” In a bible study one person said: “if you sat a dead man up in a room and paraded naked women around him there would be no reaction because we are dead to the flesh!” Jesus said:] “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but THE FLESH IS WEAK.” (Matt. 26:41)
[We are not dead in our flesh, but we are weak in our flesh, the devil knows that and comes after us, tempting us! That is why Paul said:] “…I kneel before the Father…I pray that out of his glorious riches he may STRENGTHEN YOU WITH POWER through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may DWELL IN YOUR HEARTS THROUGH FAITH.” (Eph. 3:14-17a)
[Paul prays that we will have POWER so Christ will live is us.] “…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, MAY HAVE POWER, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide, long, high and deep is the love of Christ, and to 1KNOW THIS LOVE that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure OF ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD.” (Eph. 3:17b, 18-19) [1ginōskō: a personal and intimate knowledge.]
[Paul expresses to us that it will take power to overcome the temptations of the flesh and it have an intimate relationship with Christ that will allow us to be filled up with ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD!]
BE STRENGTHENED WITH ALL POWER AND GET FILLED UP WITH ALL GOD’S FULLNESS!