Philippians 3:3 (NAS): for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh…
Ephesians 2:3 (NAS): Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.
Your heart becomes circumcised when you die to yourself and live to Christ. Put no confidence in the flesh – it’s dead by definition! It is condemned and can breed only corruption – no exemptions. There is no exclusive club compiled of people who are born into righteousness. We are all born into the nature of the earth with our minds corrupt from birth.
Remember, you are born knowing evil, not good. You are born into the sin nature of Satan. There is no good person good enough that God would look upon them and say, “Okay, you, you and you are exempt from dying to the flesh because I like your style!” Jesus said, “Why do you call me good? There is NO ONE GOOD but God.” (Matthew 19:16; Romans 7:18). True circumcision is spiritual and it is cutting out that which defiled you and your relationship with God – the nature of the fleshly man.
Baptized into His Death:
Galatians 2:20 (NAS): 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.
This is a very specific Scripture that, if we had no other, we see that the whole of mankind entered into death with Christ at the time of His physical death. This being so, “dying to the flesh” is actually not a matter of killing something alive but rather putting to death and nullifying the works of a dead thing. A life without Christ isn’t life at all – it is death no matter how alive one may appear. Once Adam and Eve were condemned to death, though they appeared alive, death was already at hand.
Romans 6:1-11 (NAS): … baptized into His death…so we too might walk in newness of life…so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
“He who has died is freed from sin!” The only way for us to be freed from sin is to die, as I’ve covered extensively. This is not a physical dying, but spiritual. The text is clear and precise in its direction. When we choose to die with Christ, we are no longer allowed to give in to our own emotions, desires or passions (soulish ways) though you still feel what you feel. Now, because the very Spirit of Jesus Christ is in operation through you, He does your thinking, and gives you His desire.
This does not mean you become stupid excluding discernment and wisdom from daily life; on the contrary. It does mean that you consult Him before any action is taken on any level. When you choose self-discipline, He begins to work wisdom and discernment in you. The more you mature and grow in His love, the more natural the supernatural becomes – there is no longer separation between you and God, His will vs. your will – His will is your will.
This series of blogs is from the 2nd edition of my first book, What Was God Thinking? Why Adam Had To Die, released September 2014. If you’re interested in more information or reading any of my books, just go to my website at www.thefierysword.com. Next time we’ll continue with part V of, Dead Flesh, Living Spirit.
Peace and blessings!
Alexys V. Wolf