In my previous post I wrote about the flesh, I explained that the flesh is the vessel in which ‘lives’ that thing called sin. I likened sin to a worm in the flesh, where that worm can climatize if we let it. After I wrote that, I was thinking about the origins of the flesh. Here is what I think.
I think the flesh goes back to the Adam and Eve when they were in the Garden of Eden. But, to convince anyone of this may be difficult. I pretty much feel that people do not believe in Adam and Eve anymore, who were the first humans, who were placed by God in the Garden of Eden. They think its a myth. This disappoints me that it is considered a myth, but I can do very little to change how evolutionary science has changed people’s minds towards an evolutionary viewpoint. So, I will say what I have to say, for what it’s worth, something against the dominant narrative of today’s world.
I think that the flesh started in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command and what happened subsequently is that they got the fleshly instincts. Here’s the pivotal moment: the Devil prompted Adam and Eve to disobey, and then when they did, all the fleshly desires were born in them. The Devil wanted this, but it was not God’s doing.
However, in saying that the flesh originated in Eden is not mentioned in the Bible. It is what I am saying because it makes sense to my understanding of the Bible.
Because Adam and Eve had the flesh, we got the flesh as well. It’s “inherited”, imputed. But God in grace has provided the way to not fulfill the desires of the flesh.
Living by the enabling Spirit of Jesus Christ is how to not fulfill the desires of the flesh and one can receive this Spirit by putting faith in Jesus. What is faith? Faith is trusting Jesus as the way out of the flesh (and therefore sin).