“For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death”.
Jesus died to change our status from fleshly to heavenly. From earthly flesh to heavenly Spirit. From the Adam of old, to the Adam of the new.
Because he has removed our fleshly status, we are obliged to honour this by also leaving the old status behind and move into the new status, that of being his children.
Positionally we are secure in Him. Actually we are where we happen to be in relation to honouring him as redeemer, saviour, and friend. If we do not recognise our new position that he has bought for us at great cost, we will then remain in actuality, in flesh.
“In flesh” is the natural state of man before He is brought to awareness of something else available, something greater than himself. When this awareness comes through law, he will be disempowered to actually perform that which is good. Flesh nature cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor can it please God.
Flesh nature must be displaced and replaced by Spirit nature. God’s victory is total and is available to all who believe. The natural nature in which, to which, and by which we have been subjected and subdued, now must itself be subdued and overcome by the presence of the Spirit in us.
“But you are not in the flesh, if the Spirit of God lives in you”. The heart is the home of the Spirit. YOU have power over your natural “flesh” condition because its power which it had through law, has been totally and absolutely removed. You, if you are not already, are potentially the home and the house of God and his kingdom reign on earth, through the spirit of his living son.