Flesh is where our eternal, sentient states of being occur in the natural plane of the multiverse. In the flesh, we work, move, hunger, and tire. While flesh is our main place of consciousness and holds the primary eyes through which we see, flesh is not the seat of our eternal existence. Flesh can be killed and remade, but our lives live on.
Flesh is weak and limited. This serves to teach our eternally transcendent hearts eternal values, such as patience and priority. When we must choose between telling a hurtful lie or going hungry, the source of such questions comes in our flesh, but it is the eternal virtue of the heart at the crossroads of those moral questions. Without the flesh, we would not have these dilemmas to grow our hearts.
The flesh being a temporary existence, separate from yet linked to our eternal consciousness, gives us a way to have one foot in the world of physical work and another foot in the moral realm. The concept of a patriot—who, according to Thomas Paine, must protect his country from its government—is rooted in this dilemma of the flesh. A martyr is willing to lay down his life in the flesh for an eternal cause of principles, freedom, and truth.
Sin and addiction live in the flesh, which we must be forgiven of in the eternal sense and must battle against the temptations of every day. Work we will be rewarded for in Eternity is done through the flesh. Marriage is a union of the flesh, but not the eternal consciousness, hence the marital vow, “…to death do us part.”
Jesus entered the flesh. While morals are eternal and must come from above, we understand, work out the math, and otherwise explain those morals through our flesh. One of the greatest graces given to Humankind and all creation is that Man is given flesh which needs rest, high maintenance, and will one day die on its own. Because of this, the work of devils in our flesh cannot endure nor can our sin. After the first death and resurrection, sin will have no power over our resurrected flesh—it’s the Law.
Romans 7:14-25, 2 Corinthians 7:12, Revelation 20:6