God’s Dwelling Place – Part 1
May 14, 2013
God’s Dwelling Place – Part 2
May 16, 2013
God’s Dwelling Place – Part 1
May 14, 2013
God’s Dwelling Place – Part 2
May 16, 2013

Flesh Isn’t Flesh

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For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 2 Corinthians 10:3

Here is another use of the word flesh. Here its primary meaning is physical flesh. Though we walk around in a physical body, our war is not is not according to this physical body. We aren’t grabbing our rifles and going out to do battle in the war Paul is talking about.

When you see the word flesh in the Bible, it can mean several things. It’s important to see that difference. We saw in Romans 8:8-9 that Paul says we aren’t in the flesh if we have the Spirit in us. So there is the flesh that means being saved and not being saved.

Here Paul is talking about spiritual warfare. We can’t do warfare in the physical. We aren’t battling people, even though the war might seem like it’s coming through people. There are people who will debate the existence of God. There will be those who come against the Bible as a book of myths and fairy tales. The war is not with these people, it is a spiritual warfare.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4) Our weapons in the war are not physical weapons – carnal or fleshly. We can’t just shoot people who don’t believe in God. But our weapons—our spiritual weapons are mighty. Mighty is from the word dynamite. They are plenty able to win the war.

We see in this passage, that the war is in two places—our mind, and in other people’s minds. But that’s for another day.

Finally flesh—carnal, is the physical senses. We walk by the leading of the Spirit of God with in us, and not by our physical senses. What we see is not necessarily the real. We walk by faith and not by sight. We believe what the Word says over what our physical senses say. This is a growing process. It is renewing the mind.

So when you see flesh—sarx in Greek, it means several things. Determine which it is before you make a theology out of the wrong meaning.