Putting the Flesh to Death

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” [Gen 3:15 NASB]

When they brought these kings out to Joshua, Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said to the chiefs of the men of war who had gone with him, “Come near, put your feet on the necks of these kings.” So they came near and put their feet on their necks. Joshua then said to them, “Do not fear or be dismayed! Be strong and courageous, for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies with whom you fight.” So afterward Joshua struck them and put them to death, and he hanged them on five trees; and they hung on the trees until evening. [Jos 10:24-26 NASB]

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us–for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”– [Gal 3:13 NASB]

Beloved saints, there is so much in the above verses. I just want to touch on a little of Christ in these scriptures.

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We know that the Seed in Genesis refers to Jesus Christ. In Christ, our flesh has been crucified and the serpent has been crucified. But Joshua is about our experience of taking Christ as our Good Land, God’s provision for our every need. In Joshua there are peoples that represent the fallen flesh and their king’s represent the serpentine powers that dominate our flesh.

In Joshua, we see Joshua(Spirit) leading us and calling us to put to death the flesh(Canaanites) and the powers(Kings). We are to join with Him in overcoming the enemy and putting him under our feet. 

We don’t do this by following outward laws and rules and regulations. We follow a Lord within us! We follow the Law of the Spirit of Life. He is leading us inwardly to overcome our flesh. This is the application of all that He accomplished on the cross. What was objective to us, is becoming experiential as we follow our Lord inwardly. 

As we turn to the Lord and enjoy Him, we are experiencing Him and His shining is overcoming all of the darkness within us. But, we must turn away from all of the distractions that draw our flesh, that entice our minds and emotions; we must turn to the spiritual Life within us. As we do this we our gaining Him and He is gaining us, for our mutual enjoyment.

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Posted on January 23, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. On the one hand we need to cooperate with the Lord to put to death the practices of the body, but on the other hand it is He who puts to death our flesh by our constant turning to Him in our spirit! It is by the Spirit that we put to death the practices of the body….

    I love the verse in Rom. 8:2, For the law of the Spirit of life has freed me in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and of death. Hallelujah, when we were regenerated, we received the divine life in our spirit, and this life has a law – the law of the Spirit of life. As long as we activate the law of the Spirit of life by turning to the Lord, we are being freed from the law of sin and of death!

    May the Lord keep us practicing this key: turn to the Lord! He in us will deliver us from sin and death. He in us will deliver us from the flesh. He in us can live the Christian life. Hallelujah for the living Christ within!

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