Suddenly Comprehending Reality

There is no greater war than that we wage with our fleshly nature. Epic tales of heroic deeds pale in comparison to the battle each must wage with himself. Indeed, perhaps all legendary tales are but a metaphor of the grand struggle within each of us.

“I wrestle not against flesh and blood,” yet I wrestle with flesh and blood as my arsenal, and indeed, as the battlefield itself.

4 thoughts on “Suddenly Comprehending Reality

  1. Hello,
    It’s true: “he that has rule over his own spirit is greater than him who takes a city.” The battle, then, is greater.
    However, we have an advantage: we don’t actually fight with flesh and blood as our arsenal. It says: “for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God.” That is, spiritual.
    Whom shall we fear? Our flesh? God is on our side. πŸ™‚
    Doesn’t make it any easier, but maybe it offers hope.

  2. You bring up a great text, Andrew. I invite you to consider it with me once again.

    “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-4)

    For though our physical reality is the flesh, we are not of it. For in Messiah, we are of the Spirit, yet do we wage war with with the flesh as the “weapons” and the location.

    The weapons of our warfare _are_ the flesh, but they are not _of_ the flesh. We are in the world but we are not of the world; we are in the flesh but we are not of the flesh.

    Having been made new, having offered up our selves to God, we now wage spiritual (and inspirited) war with our flesh, but not according to the flesh.

  3. By the way, Dallas Willard has a phenomenal essay on this topic in his book The Great Omission titled “The Spirit is Willing…The Body as a Tool for Spiritual Growth”

  4. At first glance i thought you were talking about fighting against your own body to conform it to the renewed mind.

    I still struggle with my flesh… when will that end if ever?

    But i also see what you are saying that as renewed people we fight the world with our fleshly bodies. We fight as party of the army of God against worldy values and things, which in turn buffet and test our flesh.

    It’s a cycle isn’t it?


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