There is discussion in various quarters as to whether or not Jesus’ flesh was “clean”? Conventionally the idea of Jesus being the perfect sacrifice meant that He was perfect in all respects, which means that his body was as perfect as His spirit, that He was as perfect as Adam was before the “fall”.
“A lamb without spot or blemish”. The only way this idea can hang together is by the application of “the devil” to this scenario, who brings in temptation from the outside, otherwise Jesus has to be seen as originating the temptation from within Himself, which is indeed the case.
It does say that He was perfected in that He learned obedience by His temptations, or by what He suffered. The reality is that it makes a point of stating that He was made in all ways as we are, and was tempted in all ways as we are. The only difference is that He did not fall for it, whereas we did.
If He had not been made exactly as we were, then His victory over sin and death would have been a hollow one because already being perfect, there was nothing further to prove. As it is, He was “made” as the Son of God, and because of this, and ONLY because of this, was He suitable material for the perfect sacrifice, being that His SPIRIT was perfect, even if His flesh was not. That being the case, in either scenario be it the devil who did the tempting or his own flesh, the temptation was overcome, was denied, and Jesus retained his purity of spirit. The hell of the cross perfected Him to immortality.
But this has no relationship to us unless it was His own body, made just like ours, that was doing the tempting. If not, there would be no point to all that was said about us being made in similar fashion. Our spirits were corrupted because the flesh was a corruption of the original design. Jesus retained His uncorrupted spirit and by it, was able to overcome the temptation coming from His flesh, our flesh.
NOW, it is not only the case that Jesus’ flesh was not “pure”, it is also the case that neither was ours. But it is also now the case, that just as His body was cleansed and purified in the fire of the cross, so too have our bodies been considered by God to also have been destroyed by fire, “purified” out of existence, because there was nothing incorruptible about them. When He died, so also did we. His Spirit was able to re-energise life to the point of immortality of his body, He had been given authority over His living and dying, and rising again, and our spirit was freed to inhabit His body, and His ours.
When we believe, we rise again with Him, to the extent that we are said to be seated with Him in the heavenlies. His body is now ours, and ours is His. [His Spirit is now ours] On that basis our bodies, our “flesh” has been put to death and rendered impotent forever more. We now treat His body as ours, and our body as His. His complete forgiveness which is simply the power and will of His love to act on us, no longer recognises faults and failings, sin and death. (He has abolished death).
Our body has been rendered impotent. Under the law we were dead, but now in grace we have been made alive. It is not that we might not sense the import of our flesh at times, or even often – but it is true that it has been rendered without authority, without the power of condemnation, and deserves our contempt. “For the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law, but thanks be to God..” He has abolished the law (by fulfilling it). BUT our bodies are now “The temple of the Spirit”. They are to be used for holy purposes now, not unholy.
To all intense and purpose then, our body has been rendered “clean” just as His Spirit is said to be in us, our spirit being at one with His Spirit. We are His body, and His is ours. Our mortal body was assigned death status and we are said to have died, baptism being the symbolism for this, for our recognition of it. If God says we are dead then we are dead, if only that His statement points forward to that actual event. But in any case, He is also saying we are SPIRITUALLY dead but in actuality it amounts to the same thing.
The change of covenants, the change of arrangements between God and us, means we are no longer dealing with Him through laws of sin and death, but dealing with Him on the basis of the law of the Spirit of life which is in Christ Jesus. He has dealt with sin and death for all time, it is no longer relevant because it has been pre-judged and executed, and the penalty demonstrated to have been enacted in Christ’s body. This is where the judgement on sin took place, this is where the difference between man and God was reconciled, simply requiring man’s assent to it to be viable as having been the catalystic agent which then provoked a turn around in man’s attitude, brought about a change of spirit in him, by THE Spirit.
Our new bodies are now said to be being stored up in heaven for the day He returns, when His body and our own will be indistinguishable from each other insofar as their makeup goes, although their glory may differ. The old flesh body has been converted in His case to immortality, whereas ours will also be brought to immortality, but on the basis of the new body “stored up in heaven” rather than the old one of flesh and blood, though it may be this which provides the foundation for it in terms of its rejuvenation. Presently though our bodies are said to be “dead because of sin” it also says that life will be given to them by the Spirit who dwells in us.
The “problem” of the flesh has therefore been made of no account, having absolutely no rights, no power or authority over the Christian at all, it having absolutely died with Christ. Our concern now is to be only with HIS body which is our new habitation, and our old body which is His habitation. OUR (new) body is stored in Heaven for us.
To have the Son is to have clean flesh. When Jesus was physically here, the problem was still around, still inherent in flesh. Once He had dealt with it, that problem was solved, deposed, ejected from heaven. It is clean in our immediate consciousness by faith in Jesus’ cleansing of us. It therefore cannot affect us unless we let it.
[By the time Jesus had finished on the cross His body was the “perfect sacrifice” anyway.][He cannot sin because he has been born of God (1 John)][As those returned from death to life]