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30 April, 2013
Walking after the FLESH.
What is meant by walking after
the flesh by: J.C Philpot in 1862 "Who walk not after the
flesh, but after the Spirit."Romans 8:1
What are we to understand by the expression "the FLESH?" This
word takes in the whole of that fallen nature, both in body and soul, which we
have inherited from our first parent. It does not, therefore, mean merely those
gross, sensual lusts, which are so sad a part of our original inheritance, but
embraces every faculty of body and mind which we possess as children of Adam.
To WALK after the
flesh, carries with it the idea of the flesh going before us, as our leader,
guide, and example, and our following close in its footsteps, so that wherever
it drags or draws we move after it, as the needle after the magnet. To walk,
then, after the flesh, is to move step by step in implicit obedience to the
commands of the flesh, the lusts of the flesh, the inclinations of the flesh, and
the desires of the flesh, whatever shape they assume, whatever garb they wear,
whatever name they may bear. See how wide a net these words cast forth; how
thick the crop, how wide the sweep, how sharp the edge of this scythe! Can any
of the fallen children of Adam escape being taken by this net? Who is there,
from peer to peasant, who must not fall before this keen scythe? All will admit
that those who walk after the lusts of the flesh, who are abandoned to the
grosser sins of our nature, have no manifested mark of being in Christ Jesus.
The common moral sense of men, the voice of natural conscience, the outspoken
verdict of society at large, all proclaim, as with one voice, that sin and
religion cannot be yoke-fellows.
But are the grosser and more manifest sinners the only people who
may be said to walk after the flesh? Does not all human religion, in all its
varied forms and shapes, come under the sweep of this all-devouring sword? Yes;
every one who is entangled in and led by a fleshly religion, walks as much
after the flesh as those who are abandoned to its grosser indulgences. Sad it
is, yet not more sad than true, that false religion has slain its thousands, if
open sin has slain its ten thousands. This, perhaps, you would all here assent
to if I were to confine myself to the lower ground of that common religion
which does not even clothe itself in a gospel dress; which has not learned so
much as the voice of Jacob, but wears alike the garments and speaks in the
tones of Esau.
But what will you say, if I bring you on higher ground, and take
you as you sit under the sound of the gospel? There is a fleshly faith and a
fleshly hope and a fleshly love among those of a sounder creed and purer
language than the common religionists of the day; and a man that walks after
this carnal faith and hope and love in the very courts of the Lord's house, is
as much walking after the flesh as though he lived and died a drunkard on the
ale-house bench. Our earthly Zion is overrun with a
fleshly confidence which is but presumption; a fleshly knowledge which is but
ignorance; and a fleshly talk which is but boasting. But to walk after the
flesh, whether it be in the grosser or more refined sense of the term, is the
same in the sight of God.
To walk, then, after the flesh is to be ever pursuing, desiring, and
doing the things that please the flesh, whatever aspect that flesh may wear or
whatever dress it may assume, whether molded and fashioned after the grosser
and more flagrant ways of the profane world, or the more refined and deceptive
religion of the professing church.