Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 4 Study # 15
August 11, 2013
Dayton, Texas
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<283> Thesis: The "crucifixion" of the flesh has to mean that "the flesh" has, in some sense, been nullified. Introduction: Every time we turn around in Paul's letters we run smack dab into his claim that "the flesh" of believers has been "crucified" (Galatians 2:20). Every time we turn around in life we run smack dab into the reality that "the flesh" of believers is still cranking out all manner of less than desirable behaviors (1 Corinthians 15:34). These "smack dabs" set our teeth on edge because they seem to be in hopeless contradiction; a contradiction of which Paul takes advantage in Romans 6:2. The problem is both terminology and understanding. The terminology of "death" tends to set our minds off on a direction that ultimately ends at "incapacity". What can the dead do? And the terminology of "crucifixion" tends to pull our souls into the tension of "fear": the fundamental intentionality of Rome in the use of it. Crucifixion as a spectre (an issue of the future) has the most fundamental impact of fear; crucifixion as a past fact has the most fundamental impact of death. This evening we are going to push ourselves a bit to see why Paul would bring the "crucifixion of the flesh", or the "death of the flesh", into play at this point.