UV 2806/10000 Pattern of the Rule
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Galatians 5 v 17
The pattern of hierarchy of life is the spirit is meant to rule over the mind, the mind is meant to rule over the flesh, the flesh is meant to rule over matter and machine. But due to man’s fallen nature, the flesh is ruling over the spirit. The flesh and mind are fused as one and the mind serves the dictates of the flesh. The flesh and spirit of the same person is at war with each other. There is no peace in the person as a result. But once the fallen nature is restored by faith in Jesus and His finished work on the cross, the pattern of spirit over mind, mind over body, body over matter is restored. The Holy Spirit revives the spirit of man and teaches the spirit to rule over the flesh. The kingdom of God or God governance is established in the person and there is peace or Shalom reigning in him.
When a person is yoked to Christ, his spirit and mind will not pull in different directions. He does not allow his bodily lusts and desires to dictate his choices or decisions or actions. The three primal drives of lust of the flesh, lust of the eye and pride of life cease to control him. His desires are subjected or subordinated to the will of the Lord as revealed and explained in His word. His focus is no longer on pleasing himself and satisfying his carnal desires but in pleasing the Lord and fulfilling His will. Our desire or hunger for righteousness far exceeds the intensity of the desires of the members of our bodies. As a result, the spirit bridles the entire body with the help of the Word. The spirit then like the rider of a trained horse is able to make it go right or left, up or down, fast or slow or to make it stop when it needs to stop or pause.
The rule of lust in our entire being and lives is replaced by the rule of love, the rule of Christ Jesus, the anointed of God to rule over and save all human beings. We will cease to do anything out of selfish ambition or covetousness. We will not indulge the flesh in its excessive and illegitimate cravings. We are set free from the captivity that Paul wrote about- the captivity of the different members of our bodies- our tongues, sexual organs, limbs, brains to the law of sin and of death. Like Joseph the dreamer was set free from the pit, from the prison, from the bitterness of the past to experience the supernatural favour of the Lord in this natural and political world, we are set free from that to which we sold ourselves in the past. Like Joseph was seated at the right hand of Pharaoh, we are seated at the right hand of Jesus to rule and reign over the kingdom of God within us.
Prateep V Philip