Day 217 - Our Source

Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

—MATTHEW 26:41

 

When spirit dwells in flesh, the spirit will either be perfected or destroyed. In heaven, without hindrances, spirit never really sees its limitations. This is partially the problem Satan had, thinking he was equal to God. Putting spirit in flesh is redeeming for the spirit, the short course in revealing weakness. Once spirit has lived in flesh and found it is conquered by flesh (the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak), spirit enters into the realm of humility, where— clinging to and empowered by God—spirit perceives something it never would have if not presented with that new level of need: a deeper experience of the glory of God as He meets the need. Revelation comes through contrast; self-righteousness will always mask and hide the true nature of God, but spirit as it lives and is being perfected in flesh reveals the glory of God. Having descended and ascended, does Jesus see the Father differently?

If so, is it gain? Jesus was made perfect through suffering (Hebrews 2:10). Was there an advantage to His becoming a man? “ . . . and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 5:9-10, NIV).