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Words with different meanings:Example 4

Arthur PinkThe meaning of the term “flesh” appears to be so obvious that many would regard it as quite a waste of time to look up its various connections in Scripture. It is hastily assumed that the word is synonymous with the physical body, and so no careful investigation is made. Yet, in fact, “flesh” is used in Scripture to include far more than the physical side of our being. We read of “the will of the flesh” (John 1:13) and “the works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19), some of which are acts of the mind. We are forbidden to make provision for the flesh (Romans 13:14), which certainly does not mean that we are to starve or neglect the body. When it is said “the Word was made flesh” (John 1:14) we are to understand that He took unto Himself an entire human nature, consisting of spirit (Luke 23:46), soul (John 12:27), and body. “In the days of His flesh” (Hebrews 5:7) signifies the time of His humiliation, in contrast with His present exaltation and glory. Again, the average reader of the Bible imagines that “the world” is the equivalent of the whole human race, and consequently many of the passages in which it occurs are wrongly interpreted. Many too suppose that the term “immortality” calls for no critical examination, concluding that it refers to the indestructibility of the soul. But we must never assume that we understand anything in God’s Word. If the concordance be consulted it will be found that “mortal” and “immortal” are never applied to man’s soul, but always to his body.

Arthur W. Pink-Interpretation of the Scriptures

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