Flesh and Spirit

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

The Bible makes it clear that we have two natures: flesh and spirit. These two natures express themselves in different ways. First, the deeds of the flesh are “evident.” The Greek word here suggests that they can be seen openly. They are so “bright” that they seem to shine. They are “obvious” (NIV).

We see this nature expressed through our “deeds.” This means anything that results from our labors. Controlled by the flesh, we think about the flesh and things that can be seen—the pleasures and rewards of the world.

But, Paul warned, if we focus on doing these things, we “will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Why? Because His Kingdom cannot be earned. It is not a business where results are measured in human effort. This Kingdom can be only inherited.

The Bible tells us that everything about the Holy Spirit is different. In God’s Kingdom, our focus is not on human effort but on allowing the Spirit to flow through our lives. To realize that His fruit is a natural byproduct of His presence. And His presence cannot be forced or regulated.

Our flesh may want to focus on doing “good things.” But God wants us to walk and be led by the Spirit. This means not focusing on what we do, but on the Holy Spirit’s presence. This also means recognizing that we “belong to Christ Jesus,” recognizing that we have “crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

In your life, remember that “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 15:50). Seek to live by the Spirit. Allow Him to change you, and let His fruit be expressed through you.