"They that are Christ have crucified the flesh with the affections and lust."
A Crucified Flesh
Most of us are familiar with Galatians 5 as it list the fruits of the spirit. "But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, against such there is no law (verses 22, 23). Many of us have learned to recite these from the time we were young children. We learned that these are the parts of a perfected/perfecting Christian character. We can listen to tons of sermons on each individual fruit, but perhaps we stop short and fail to complete the list.
Fruit, in the natural, when left to time and circumstance will surely rot. It is a biological and chemical occurrence that starts once the fruit is separated from the vine. There are steps we can take to preserve the life of the fruit, but inevitably time and circumstance will have their way. The same is true for the fruit of the spirit. Once separated from the Vine, time and circumstance will have their way in the life of the believer.
Thus, the key for the Christian life is to remain connected to the vine. Only then can he/she maintain and produce vibrant fruits. So then, how does one stay connected to the vine? This is where we stop short with Galatians 5. Continue to read and you will find the key in verse 24. "And they that are Christ [the Vine] have crucified the flesh with the affections and lust."
This is the missing fruit. The one we overlook. The one that keeps us connected to the Vine. It is a crucified flesh! A life of devotion to the Life Giver, Life Sustainer, Creator, and Redeemer. Those who possess this fruit yield their wants, their desires, their plans, their all to the Master.
A Crucified Flesh