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God’s Greatest Enemy? Not What You May Think…

06 Dec

“…And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)

 “For the mind of the flesh is death; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace: because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be…” (Romans 8:7-8)

These two passages are companions, speaking of the same thing. In Genesis, you have the serpent and his “seed” (descendants, offspring) at enmity with the woman and her seed.  Thousands of years later, Paul, who knew the Old Testament thoroughly, wrote of the fleshly mind being at enmity with God and the spiritual mind.

As I’ve discussed at some length recently, the mind of the flesh (also called the carnal mind or the natural mind), which Paul warns against, came into being in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and partake of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.  You can immediately see it’s effects; in an instant they go from walking with God intimately and innocently to hiding from Him and covering themselves.  The mind of the flesh has been the prevailing and “default” mindset of all mankind since that time, leading to all kinds of wickedness, blindness, and religious foolishness. 

The serpent’s “seed,” meaning his descendants and offspring, are those who are filled with and led by the “mind of the flesh,” which again, is essentially just the natural, human mind.  In fact, I truly believe the “antichrist” is a corporate body composed of religious people who are ruled by the carnal mind, just as the body of Christ are those filled with the mind and life of Christ.  “Antichrist” refers to being opposed to Christ by a deceptive counterfeit anointing, not necessarily that which is blatantly or obviously opposed to Christ. Many think of the serpent as “evil,” but the scripture doesn’t say that.  It simply says he was crafty, cunning, and subtle. In fact, his temptation was to become aware of evil as well as good! In the same way, the mind of the flesh isn’t “evil” as we often think of it.  “Fleshly” or “carnal” simply refers to that which is 100% natural; to things that are human or earthly in origin, being non-spiritual and temporal. Physical things such as money, food, appliances, etc are fleshly, along with everything intangible that has it’s origin  in the heart and mind of man, not God. This would include all of man’s thoughts, ideas, motives, and desires.

So we see that much of what Christianity values and advocates is thoroughly fleshly. Three or four times in the first four verses of 1 Corinthians 3 alone, Paul referred to the Corinthian believers in Jesus as fleshly.  This is the very same Paul who wrote that the fleshly mind is enmity with God and the spirit!  The truth is, although the fleshly mind can be very religious, occupied with good, and believe in Jesus, it is and cannot be other than the enemy of God. God’s ways are not at all like our ways, nor His thoughts like our thoughts. As He sees, from a spiritual point of view, the fleshly, human mind is blind, rebellious, stubborn, and ignorant. It’s opinionated, devoid of wisdom, proud, and confident. It’s everything the spiritual mind isn’t. The fleshly mind is the primary, if not the only, enemy of God.  Even Satan has to answer to God as a tool He uses, but the fleshly mind is not so.  It was forbidden in the garden, brought death when inherited, has permeated all of mankind, and only in Christ can we be freed from it. The death that we are told we must experience in order to abide in Christ is, at least in part, the cessation of the fleshly mind as our means of perception and relation to God.

The “seed” or descendant of the woman is Christ and his body. In the garden, God referred to this seed as a “he;” an individual man who was to come. In God’s time, Jesus Christ came! and indeed bruised the head of the serpent. No longer did the serpents seed, the fleshly mind, have legitimate authority over mankind. But, the serpent’s seed wasn’t immediately or entirely eliminated, because God has in mind an entire group of people filled with the very life and spirit of Christ, constituting a corporate, worldwide body of Christ, who will inherit the Kingdom of God.  Paul said Christ is to be the firstborn among many brethren, that we are all members of his body, that we are to be filled with the life and spirit of Christ himself. 4  These are those called to be part of the true ekklesia, or church.  Christ’s body doesn’t consist of those who are called Christians or intellectually believe in him, but simply those who are filled with the spirit and life of Jesus Christ and being conformed to his image, regardless of title or creed.  May becoming spiritual and following Christ be our focus and goal, nothing else.

 
3). Genesis 2:17 
4). Romans 8:29, Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 12:27, 2 Corinthians 4:11, Colossians 3:3-4, Romans 8:9-11, 1 Corinthians 6:17.
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5 responses to “God’s Greatest Enemy? Not What You May Think…

  1. Shawn Mann

    February 11, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    THAT’S what I’m talking about!! Christianity is INWARD and is all about becoming more and more “in tune” with our Father. Jesus said “evil thoughts” make us unclean. It’s so easy to focus on everything other than an increased exposure of the darkness within our hearts by the Light of Christ. The fruit is born in our hearts.

     
    • firstthekingdom

      February 12, 2015 at 5:36 am

      Thanks Shawn, and it was really cool you were thinking of salvation and humility at the same time I posted that! I agree, the focus of believers in Christ has been far too outward and natural. I honestly believe Satan is a tool God uses/allows, for HIS purposes. Mindblowing, but I believe it. Our own minds, own will, is a different story. There’s a lot of darkness being called “light” in the body. That’s not cause for judgment and condemnation, but desperation and spiritual diligence.

       
    • firstthekingdom

      February 12, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Also, good point that Jesus said it’s “evil thoughts” that make us “unclean.” INWARD is so much more real and important to God. It has to start there, otherwise the outward things are darkness and evil in God’s sight, no matter how good they appear in man’s.

       
  2. g

    February 12, 2015 at 9:39 am

    yes…th war isnt outward its inward….th Lord casting down every stone within us…tilling our soil…removing stone and thorn and etc and rising up in those places…

    Jesus went to th solitary
    places… to th desert… to th mountains etc…to be alone wit God …these are th places within each of us where He goes to transform and conform us to th image of Christ…

    it makes me always wonder why ppl run around town and across th globe to “preach th gospel to all nations ” when all nations are in each of us natural man and this is wat needs to be conquered…i wont know Christ intimately or walk in His way if everyone else is converted….only by my own conversion will i know Him who died fa me…and that is th work He do IN us….not an outward fleshly demonstration but an inner hidden conforming by th death of th cross so th life of Christ is manifest…

    in adam theres life then death and that death is final…adam wasnt raised to a second chance….but in Christ theres death THEN life and no man has thst life apart from th death of th cross…

    our own evil lusts and desires lead us astray…but in Christ that natural mind is exposed, condemned, cast down and has no dominion over us…in Christ th natural man dies and th forgiveness Christ purchased is new life right in that dead place…not a corrected reborn adam but th new creation increasing growing maturing ….Christ in us th hope of glory…

    its always sad to me that ppl talk up christianity yet are not tranformed or conformed or converted…ever pointing their own blindness at someone else tryna accuse them…

    really loved this post…love th revelaton of Christ shared among th body…

    th making of disciples of all nations is within us…th gospel is preached to all nations within us and we are conformed to th image of Christ…He is faithful to complete th work He started and He wont cast out or lose any who come to Him by th Father who gives us to Him…whoever is given to Christ and given Christ (which means being born of th Spirit of God) by th Father has entered in by th gate and not by some other way…

    that narrow gate does squeeze off a lotta flesh as we enter in…but th narrow path remains to kill off th rest…that Way where theres no room fa our beasts…

    its wonderful and refreshing to hear revelation instead of th fleshly doctrine that passes fa truth among so many who claim Christ…we have need of each other and th Lord is faithful to gather us …

    thank u fa sharing th bread th Lord broke fa u … true meat … living water… bread of life … its th only table where we feast on Him together as one body…

     

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