The Flesh

The word flesh means different things depending on the context. The original word, sarx (G4561) literally means flesh as in our earthly bodies (Matt. 26:41, Acts 2:31, 2 Cor. 4:11, Col. 2:1,5, 1 Pet. 3:18, 4:1). By extension, the word flesh can also imply people (Matt. 24:22), humanity (Luke 3:6, Acts 2:17), a marriage union (Mark 10:8), our forebears (Rom. 4:1) and kinsmen (Rom. 9:3), our earthly lives (Php. 1:22, 24, 1 Pet. 4:2) and whole species (1 Cor. 15:59).

But there is a deeper meaning of the word flesh. In the Bible, the flesh refers to an earthly mindset (Rom. 8:6), a worldly manner (2 Cor. 1:17), a worldly point of view (2 Cor. 5:16), human standards (John 8:15, 1 Cor. 1:26, 2 Cor. 10:2), human effort (Gal. 3:3), human pedigree (Php. 3:4) and human accomplishments (Php. 3:4). In short, the flesh refers to things which are worldly instead of spiritual (1 Cor. 3:1, 3, 2 Cor. 10:4).

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