Christ manifested in the flesh
“For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh …” Romans 8:3. What the law could not do was set people free from the lusts and desires, the tendency to sin that dwelt in their flesh as a result of the fall. So God had to do something entirely new. There was no other solution than to send His own Son to earth with a flesh like the children, in which covetousness dwelt. The verse continues: “… God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh …”
The Son put Himself at God’s disposal for this task. He let Himself be born into the world as a man. As the son of Mary, He came from the seed of David according to the flesh, which means that He inherited the same human nature and flesh that David had. (Romans 1:2-3) God condemned sin in Jesus’ human flesh every time Jesus was tempted. Jesus always agreed with God in this judgment over sin and covetousness. Every time He was tempted, He obeyed God and offered Himself in the power of the eternal Spirit, who was with Him, so that He overcame sin, and He never committed sin. (Hebrews 9:14) He denied his self-will, suffered in His flesh, and He did that until sin was brought into death, and thus He ceased from sin.
“Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.” 1 Peter 4:1.
Christ manifested in our mortal flesh
By living this life, Jesus opened up a new and living way, so that we can follow Him. This is the glory of the new covenant. Those who believe that Jesus took upon Himself a flesh like us also understand that He had a self-will that He had to deny, and that He was tempted just like we are, without ever giving in to sin.
The entirety of God’s fullness was revealed in the Man Jesus Christ. This was something completely new. Jesus is not an example we never can follow, being only an atonement for our sins, and, but He is our brother and our forerunner. We read further why God condemned sin in Jesus’ flesh: “… He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:3-4.
This biblical faith and understanding is therefore an essential key for ever coming to a victorious life, so that the life of Christ can also be revealed in your and my body!
“… always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” 2 Corinthians 4:10-11.