The physical part of creation is an instrument of transformation, therefore do not get caught up in it, rather ride through the transformation spiritually and you will stay with God.

This is a spiritual law. The πάθημα of Christ and our sharing in it, through discipline of the body for example, is part of that law.

The objective, then, is to leave the σάρξ as an empty shell, in as much a dignified manner as possible, while focusing the best of our energies on the spiritual relationship with God, and the straight and narrow path to this objective is the model of Christ, teaching and crucifixion.