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What Does It Mean to Live ‘in the Flesh’? // Ask Pastor John

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Published on Apr 30, 2019

Over 90 times, Paul speaks of the “flesh.” So what does this word mean for the apostle? Pastor John forms a definition from two key passages.

Over ninety times, the apostle Paul speaks of the “flesh.” So what does this key word mean for him? It’s a shrewd and important question for any Bible reader to get clear on. The question comes from a listener named Cheryl. “Pastor John, I’m trying to come up with a clear definition of what Paul means by ‘flesh,’ sarx. Sometimes Paul seems to be talking about the external physical body (2 Corinthians 7:5; 1 Timothy 3:16). At other times, he seems to be talking about some internal nature causing sinful actions and thoughts (Romans 8:5–8; Galatians 5:17). I’m confused! What does Paul mean by ‘flesh’? And do you have a clean definition to encompass it all?”

Episode 1337: https://www.desiringgod.org/interview...

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