It is clear from what the Apostle Paul says, believers ARE in the Spirit, not in the flesh and that those who are in the flesh (unsaved) cannot please God – Romans 8:8-9. Paul is talking in the context of the spirit man who is either saved (in the Spirit) or unsaved – in the flesh.
BUT THERE IS ANOTHER SIDE TO THIS :
Some believers can and do live their lives on this earth in the flesh – Romans 8:13 : For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die : but if ye through the Spirit mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 – Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? IF ANY MAN DEFILETH THE TEMPLE OF GOD, HIM SHALL GOD DESTROY; for the temple of God is holy, WHICH TEMPLE YE ARE.
1 Corinthians 6:13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats : but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the BODY IS NOT FOR FORNICATION, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
1 Corinthians 11:30 for this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
Then we come to the Lord’s Supper that the Corinthians were partaking of in an unworthily manner – in the flesh, behaving immorally.
1 Corinthians 10:16 ………… the bread which we break is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
Confirmation that the Lord’s supper is the communion of the body of Christ.
Then in 1 Corinthians 11:28 Paul says:
But let a man EXAMINE HIMSELF, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup 29 For he that eateth and drinketh UNWORTHILY, eateth and drinketh DAMNATION TO HIMSELF, not discerning the Lord’s body.
Some say this isn’t written to the body of Christ, (just as I did) and that it was rather written to the Jews under the Kingdom programme. BUT the Apostle Paul is clear. The Lord’s Supper is meant for the body of Christ, and since I believe my Bible, I’ve had a change of mind.
Most believers fail to judge themselves, so just about everyone has to judge them, instead of them judging themselves and correcting their wrongdoings. Most have a tendency to be arrogant and self-obsessed, having no fear of God whatsoever, and will eventually face the consequences of their attitude and wrong beliefs either whilst on this earth, or later after they have died. If we had to judge ourselves and have a change of mind, we wouldn’t be judged for our wrongdoings at the Judgment Seat of Christ either.
1 Corinthians 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
Verse 32 But when we are judged, we are CHASTENED OF THE LORD that we should not be CONDEMNED WITH THE WORLD.
In Romans 8, verse 30 gives verse 29 it’s rightful meaning. We aren’t condemned or damned in the spirit, but if we are immoral and/or wrong, we are condemned/damned in our bodies (our flesh).
Living immoral lives, cussing from the pulpit, being conformed to the world, believing and teaching unsound doctrine (heresies are a sin of the FLESH), not to mention the propagation of heresies….
The Apostle Paul lists the sins of the flesh, and if you are living your life as a saved person and you are committing any of these sins of the flesh, the prognosis will be 1 Corinthians 11:30.
It’s God’s way of chastening you, and if you don’t take heed, you will die – God will destroy your flesh, because you are defiling the temple of God – your body.
Most believers today think that they can behave any way they want because it doesn’t matter because they are saved, and their Preachers and Teachers don’t know any better either.
“If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy”.
Now mainline, institutionalised Christianity take that as one losing one’s salvation and ending up in hell, but the Apostle Paul is very clear in Romans 8:8-9 when he says believers are in the Spirit and not in the flesh – the innerman is saved and sealed.
Many believers can’t discern between the flesh and their spirit man. But a believers flesh is just as rotten as an unsaved person’s flesh, the only difference being that believers have the means to put the flesh under, to crucify it, to control it – and that by personally making a decision to grow spiritually and behave like the saved people that they are.
God won’t stand for any believer defiling his temple. You belong to Him – you are His.
I’ve basically learnt my lesson the hard way and have given up on certain circumstances and certain people because I noticed that when I live after the flesh I either land up in hospital or with a bacterial or viral infection so bad I require intravenous antibiotics or need months to recuperate. For someone who has lived a healthy life and hardly got sick since I was a baby, I’ve had too many close encounters of late. I have been suitably chastened by the Lord for my errors. I realise what I sow I will definitely reap.
God won’t accept a believer, especially a mature believer who should actually know better, living after the flesh. You cannot be His and live any way YOU see fit.
It also makes one wonder how come some who preach from the pulpits are immune to the chastening of the Lord. especially in lieu of the heresies they propagate. The answer is simple. The Lord doesn’t chasten unsaved people because their bodies aren’t temples of the Holy Ghost.
I would also like to add that since I am not God, who knows and sees all – I cannot state that every believer who has died or who dies has defiled the temple of God, but what I know is that one cannot stand behind a pulpit as a saved man and cuss and propagate heresy and not suffer the consequences thereof.
But Mid-Acts Preachers and Teachers do not preach or teach that God will destroy the body if you live an immoral life, they won’t admit that what a person sows in the flesh, he/she will reap in the flesh – it’s a given. They will rather tell you that there is no condemnation when you are in Christ Jesus – which is true – in the spirit, but they forget to add that there is damnation/condemnation for your flesh if you live immorally and/or preach immorally (heresies). Heresies basically amount to blasphemy.
God is not mocked and he isn’t a respecter of persons.
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
1 Corinthians 11:29-30 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
Weak and sickly in the spirit?
No, in the flesh, in their bodies, and many have died – many sleep.
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
1 Timothy 5:24 Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.