Flesh v. Spirit (Understanding How the Bible Distinguishes Flesh from Spirit)

To read and understand the Bible in our age it is essential to understand how the Bible uses the terms “flesh” and “spirit,” and how it distinguishes these terms.

The Bible speaks of “flesh” as that dimension of life that we can see.  It speaks of “spirit” as that dimension that we cannot see.  For our modern purposes, “flesh” refers to physical creation (that which science can detect and measure), while “spirit” refers to the invisible realm (which science has no way to detect or measure).  Of course the spirit and the flesh are closely connected for you are a spirit dwelling in flesh.  Who can tell where the flesh stops and the spirit starts?  They highly integrated and only God can tell the parting (Hebrews 4:12).

Here are some posts on this very important subject:

Walking in the Spirit and Not in the Flesh

The Flesh-Spirit Distinction

References to Flesh or Spirit Where One Is Explicit and the Other Is Implied

Alternative Expressions for the Flesh-Spirit Distinction

Allusions to the Flesh-Spirit Distinction

“The Flesh” Is Not Always Bad, and “The Spirit” Is Not Always Good

References to “Flesh” That Mean Human Existence

Examples of Reading the Bible in a New Light

The Flesh-Spirit Distinction Was Always Known, but Became Pivotal Through Jesus Christ

The Change

On Becoming Spiritual

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

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