Thou speak'st me fair but hat'st me sore. Thy flatt'ring shews I'll trust no more. How oft thy slave hast thou me made When I believ'd what thou hast said And never had more cause of woe Than when I did what thou bad'st do. I'll stop mine ears at these thy charms And count them for my deadly harms.
Thy sinful pleasures I do hate, Thy riches are to me no bait. Thine honours do, nor will I love, For my ambition lies above. My greatest honour it shall be When I am victor over thee, And Triumph shall, with laurel head, When thou my Captive shalt be led.
"The Flesh and the Spirit" – Analysis
How I do live, thou need'st not scoff, For I have meat thou know'st not of. The hidden Manna I do eat; The word of life, it is my meat. My thoughts do yield me more content Than can thy hours in pleasure spent. Nor are they shadows which I catch, Nor fancies vain at which I snatch But reach at things that are so high, Beyond thy dull Capacity. Eternal substance I do see With which inriched I would be. Mine eye doth pierce the heav'ns and see What is Invisible to thee. The City where I hope to dwell, There's none on Earth can parallel.
The Streets thereof transparent gold Such as no Eye did e're behold.
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Of Life, there are the waters sure Which shall remain forever pure. Nor Sun nor Moon they have no need For glory doth from God proceed.
No Candle there, nor yet Torch light, For there shall be no darksome night. From sickness and infirmity Forevermore they shall be free. However, in this regard the author of Galatians opens before us even wider horizons. This contrast between the flesh and the Spirit Spirit of God , and between life according to the flesh and life according to the Spirit, contains the Pauline theology about justification. This is the expression of faith in the anthropological and ethical realism of the redemption carried out by Christ, which Paul, in the context already known to us, also calls the redemption of the body.
According to Romans , the "redemption of the body" also has a "cosmic" dimension referred to the whole of creation , but at its center, there is man: man constituted in the personal unity of spirit and body. It is precisely in this man, in his heart, and consequently in all his behavior, that Christ's redemption bears fruit, thanks to those powers of the Spirit which bring about justification, that is, which enable justice to abound in man, as is inculcated in the Sermon on the Mount cf.
Mt , that is, to abound to the extent that God himself willed and which he expects. Effects of the lust of the flesh. It is significant that speaking of the "works of the flesh" cf.
Gal , Paul mentions not only "fornication, impurity, licentiousness He names other sins too, to which we would not be inclined to also attribute a carnal and sensual character: "idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy According to our anthropological and ethical categories, we would rather be inclined to call all the works listed here sins of the spirit, rather than sins of the flesh. Not without reason we might have glimpsed in them the effects of the lust of the eyes or of the pride of life, rather than the effects of the lust of the flesh.
However, Paul describes them all as works of the flesh. That is intended exclusively against the background of that wider meaning in a way a metonymical one , which the term flesh assumes in the Pauline letters. It is opposed not only and not so much to the human spirit as to the Holy Spirit who works in man's soul spirit.
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Purity comes from the heart. There exists, therefore, a significant analogy between what Paul defines as works of the flesh and the words Christ used to explain to his disciples what he had previously said to the Pharisees about ritual purity and impurity cf. It is always a joy hearing from you. Jhn These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Jhn That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
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Jhn It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. Rom For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. Gal For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Col Let the WORD of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Kris your post helped me today this world have a lot of trials tribulations. Im in good cheer that my lord and my saver overcome it.
Hi Ps Jack I commented in abiding by the vine post which I then came to here. So from what I read in the scripture versus you have shared does this mean when we have the Holy Spirit we are always walking in the Spirit? Because I am not sure from my own experiences. I believe we can have the Spirit but can still grieve the Spirit at some stage in our walk, when we choose to go our own way.
So when conviction leads to repentance would this also be a fruit of the Spirit too? To even begin our walk in the Spirit and overcome the flesh because I understand its not what enters a man that defiles him but it is what comes out the inside, the heart. Eze I will give you a new heart and will put a new Spirit in you, I will remove you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
It is interesting that the new heart is flesh, this must have some significant meaning but I do not own a strongs concordance but why does He use the word flesh? I am not always able to walk in the Spirit, no, only Jesus Christ was able to do that. Yes, we can grieve the Spirit and we all have at one time or another. I know I have. Yes, I believe you are right…conviction leads to repentance and this is a sign that you are yielding to the Spirit and confessing sins when they happen.
Yes, we can have the Spirit and still grieve Him but that is the life of a Christian. Amen to the change in the heart. I so agree. Hi Jack I would agree with most of what you say. The only thing I would say is that we do not produce any fruit of the Spirit, rather, we bear the fruit of the Spirit. This fruit comes from the Holy Spirit within. If we are trying to produce anything it is only fleshly. We are to simply rest in Him. To walk after the Spirit or the flesh, the apostle Paul is talking about behavior. Being in the flesh or in the Spirit, Paul is talking about our identity.
http://leondumoulin.nl/language/book/11452-mind-filled-meditation.php We were all born into this world in the flesh, and we were of the flesh being in Adam.