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Last modified - March 2013 - Topic 6.13



Spirit v Flesh
Spiritual or Natural?

The uestion is -
Spirit v Flesh

(New Testament)
Is my spirit linked to my flesh? How can I be sure to choose which is right?
- Matthew 26 : 41
  Which is best: thinking and following in the natural course of things or doing the same in a spiritual way? Why?
Romans.8 : 1
Is God The Maker's wisdom a whole new ball game - different to what people of the world think of as clever?
1 Corinthians 1 : 18
Is there a wisdom superior to this world's thinking?
- 1 Corinthians 2 : 6

Can my spirit and my body act independently?
- 1 Corinthians 5 : 3

When I compare my heart-thoughts with my mind-thoughts, is it better to have a soft, fleshy attitude or a stony, hard outlook?
- 2 Corinthians 3 : 3

 Can I get my spirit and my flesh squeaky clean enough for God The Maker?
- 2 Corinthians 7 : 1

Why does my flesh - my natural Man - always try to get the better of me and my spirit gets the tough time?
- Galatians 4 : 29

 What's the key to walking successfully in a spiritual way? How do I use this key?
- Galatians 5 : 16
Do I automatically get results spiritual or natural according to my thoughts and actions?
- Galatians 6 : 8
   How does the way in which I worship God The Maker affect the way I think and act?
- Philippians 3 : 3
   Can I operate in spirit and flesh at the same time?
- Colossians 2 : 5
Did Jesus have both the spiritual and natural attributes of Mankind when He lived on Earth?
- 1 Timothy 3 : 16
How does Jesus' death and returning to life affect me?
- 1 Peter 3 : 18
What's the secret of living a successful cleaned-up life?
- 1 Peter 4 : 3

How can I tell wether a thought or word is from God The Maker or the enemy?
- 1 John 4 : 2
Spirit v Flesh
(Old Testament)

Is my life on earth linked with my spiritual life and with God The Maker?
- Genesis 6 : 3  

Does God The Maker act upon both my flesh and my spirit? 
- Isaiah 31 : 3

What is God The Maker's objective in getting my spirit sorted?
- Ezekiel 11 : 19

Spiritual or Natural? (New Testament)
Is a parallel, same-but-different lifestyle shared by Spirit-filled people and natural people of the world?
-Romans 15 : 27

Can I get to understand the mind of God The Maker through my spirit?
- 1 Corinthians 2 : 11

Can I use my spiritual gift from God The Maker to understand His plans for me?
- 1 Corinthians 2 : 14
hich comes first : the natural or the spiritual?
-1 Corinthians 15 : 42
What Is needed to get me going on a spiritual plane?
- 2 Corinthians 10 : 2
Do I have to go right through with Spirit living in faith or can I revert to doing things to try to please God The Maker?
- Galatians 3 : 1

How can I ensure that I'm living in faith and pleasing God The Maker?

A - What The Maker's Manual says -

Spirit v Flesh (New Testament)

Matthew 26 : 41 -  Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Romans 8 : 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For the mind of the flesh is death; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace: because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be: and they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any man has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead shall give life also to your mortal bodies through his Spirit that dwells in you. So then, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh: for if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you shall live. ( 14 ) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. - walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 1 : 18 - For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but to us who are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and to Gentiles foolishness; but to them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yes and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: that no flesh should glory before God.

1 Corinthians 2 : 6 - We speak wisdom, however, among them that are full-grown: yet a wisdom not of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, who are coming to nought: but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, even the wisdom that has been hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds to our glory:

1 Corinthians 5 : 3 - For I verily, being absent in body but present in spirit, have already as though I were present judged him that has so wrought this thing, in the name of our Lord Jesus, you being gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus, ( 5 ) to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

2 Corinthians 3 : 3 - being made manifest that you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in tables that are hearts of flesh.

2 Corinthians 7 : 1 - Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God

Galatians 4 : 29 - But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, so also it is now.

Galatians 5 : 16 - But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. ( 17 ) For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary the one to the other; that you may not do the things that you would

Galatians 6 : 8 - Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.
( 8 ) For he that sows to his own flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap eternal life.

Philippians 3 : 3 - For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God, and glory in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh : ( 4 ) though I myself might have confidence even in the flesh : if any other man thinks to have confidence in the flesh, I yet more:

Colossians 2 : 5 - For though I am absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

1 Timothy 3 : 16 - And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached to the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

1 Peter 3 : 18 - Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;

1 Peter 4 : 3 - Forasmuch then as Christ suffered in the flesh, arm you yourselves also with the same mind; for he that has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin; that you no longer should live the rest of your time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past may suffice to have wrought the desire of the Gentiles, and to have walked in lasciviousness, lusts, winebibbings, revellings, carousings, and abominable idolatries: wherein they think it strange that you run not with them into the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the living and the dead. For to this end was the gospel preached even to the dead, that they might be judged indeed according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

1 John 4 : 2 - Hereby know you the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: ( 3 ) and every spirit that confesses not Jesus is not of God: and this is the spirit of the antichrist, whereof you have heard that it comes; and now it is in the world already.

Spirit v Flesh (Old Testament)

Genesis 6 : 3 - And Jehovah said, My Spirit shall not strive with man for ever, for that he also is flesh: yet shall his days be a hundred and twenty years.

Isaiah 31 : 3 - Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit: and when Jehovah shall stretch out his hand, both he that helps shall stumble, and he that is helped shall fall, and they all shall be consumed together.

Ezekiel 11 : 19 - And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh;

Spiritual or Natural? (New Testament)

Romans 15 : 27 - Yes, it has been their good pleasure; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, they owe it to them also to minister to them in carnal things.

1 Corinthians 2 : 11 - For who among men knows the things of a man, save the spirit of the man, which is in him? even so the things of God none knows, save the Spirit of God  But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God; that we might know the things that were freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Spirit teaches; combining spiritual things with spiritual words. Now the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged. But he that is spiritual judges all things, and he himself is judged of no man. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 2 : 14 - Now the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged.

1 Corinthians 15 : 42 - So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: it is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. Howbeit that is not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; then that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is of heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. ( 50 ) Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

2 Corinthians 10 : 2 - Yes, But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. ( 3 ) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh (for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the casting down of strongholds), casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ

Galatians 3 : 1 - O foolish Galatians, who did bewitch you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was openly set forth crucified? This only would I learn from you. Received you the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are you now perfected in the flesh? Are you so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are you now perfected in the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain? if it be indeed in vain. ( 5 ) He therefore that supplies to you the Spirit, and works miracles among you, does he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Jude 17 But you, beloved, remember you the words which have been spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; That they said to you, In the last time there shall be mockers, walking after their own ungodly lusts. These are they who make separations, sensual, having not the Spirit. But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, ( 21 ) keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.




Picture above : Twins?...maybe. But say they are the same person and everyone laughs. 

Yet we are all made up of two persons - both the same outwardly but total opposites inside.




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