Thursday, October 7 2010
The Spirit And The Flesh
The English word "flesh" originated from a Germanic word, fleisch, which meant the part of physical bodies other than the bones. The English word "carnal" originated from a Latin word, carnalis, which also meant the part of physical bodies other than the bones. "Flesh" and "carnal" have identical meanings.
"Flesh" or "carnal," and variations of them (i.e. "fleshly," "carnality") are both used in the New Testament to translate a single Greek word, pronounced sar-kee-cos, which means raw meat, and by extension, carnal nature (i.e. "human" nature) that serves only the various "appetites" of the flesh. The English word "appetite" originated from a Latin word, appetitus, which simply means desire - to "have a "taste" for something, whether a particular kind of food, or a particular kind of behavior - it affects not only the body, but the mind.
All humans were created of flesh; the Messiah Himself was as "human" as any other. But the Christ overcame dead-end carnality - He literal rose above it, by means of the Holy Spirit that liberates all humans who accept it into their "hearts of flesh."
"1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
"Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak"
"2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as Strangers And Pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul" (1 Peter 2:11 KJV)
Jesus Christ taught that the Spirit of God in His people, when they accept it into their "hearts," provides the means of living a righteous life, until the Spirit that engenders God's children will bring about their birth in due time (see Conceived Again; also Could Christ Return Tonight?).
"6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (John 6:63 KJV)
Living a true Christian life (see Christian Living) is a spiritual battle in which the battleground is the flesh. Christians can view part of the battle from above, "for though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh." Christians must "rise above" where the battle is happening, "for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal."
"10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
The apostle Paul, like all true Christians, experienced the war from within and from a distance.
"7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I [see Concupiscence]. 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
This Day In History, October 7
1571: The Battle of Lepanto, fought off Lepanto, Greece, between the fleet of the "Holy League" (see The Holy Roman Empire) commanded by Don John of Austria with his 316 ships, and the Turkish fleet (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire), commanded by Ochiali Pasha with 250 galleys. The allies (mostly Spanish, Venetian and papal ships) defeated the Turkish fleet, killing at least 25,000 Turks, destroyed 80 ships, and liberated about 10,000 "Christian" (i.e. Church of Rome) galley slaves. It was the last great confrontation between oared ships.
1737: Waves up to 15 meters (about 50 feet) sank 15,000 small craft off the coast of India with a loss of life estimated over 250,000 people.
1763: The Proclamation of 1763 was issued by King George III, closing lands north and west of the Alleghenies to white settlement, and providing boundaries and terms of government for the territories Britain acquired from France under the Treaty of Paris. "New France" ceased to exist and was replaced by the much smaller province of Quebec. As a result of the treaty, the region's borders were changed to make it rectangular, centered on the St. Lawrence River; the borders no longer ran south to the Mississippi and east to Newfoundland (if they continued to so do, the border today between Canada and the U.S. would run north to south, rather than east to west).
1806: Carbon paper was patented in London by inventor Ralph Wedgewood.
1826: The Convention of Akkerman, an agreement signed in Akkerman, Romania, between the Ottoman Empire and Russia in which the Ottomans accepted, under threat of war, Russian demands concerning Serbia and the Danube principalities of Moldavia and Walachia (again, listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire to understand how it led to the outbreak of the First World War - listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1879: Otto von Bismarck concluded a military pact with Austria-Hungary, allying the Habsburgs with the Prussian-dominated Germany; the alliance was intended to render France powerless against the Reich (Reich is the German word for empire; Adolf Hitler later called his regime "the Third Reich" (see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!; also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1900: The first stone was laid for "the Church of the Dormition" on Mount Zion (see Zionism). The prominent building was a project of the Lazarists with the support of German Kaiser Wilhelm II.
1919: KLM, the national airline of the Netherlands, was established. It is the oldest existing airline.
1944: The Jewish revolt in Auschwitz; Jews working in a Krupp plant smuggled in explosives, which were turned into grenades and bombs by skilled Soviet POWs. They blew up Crematorium III and killed 3 SS men. 250 Jews were massacred by the guards, but 27 escaped. 4 Jewish girls who got the explosives in were tortured for weeks, but gave no information; Roza Robota died under torture, gave as her last words "be strong and brave", 2 of the others survived the torture to be hanged in front of all the women in Auschwitz, one of them with the cry "revenge" as she died.
1949: The German Democratic Republic (communist East Germany) was proclaimed in the Soviet sector of occupied Germany; Wilhelm Pieck was appointed President, Otto Grotewohl was appointed Prime Minister.
1959: The far side of the moon was photographed for the first time, by the Soviet Luna-3 spacecraft.
1981: Hosni Mubarak became acting president of Egypt after the assassination of Anwar Sadat the day before.
1985: Palestinian terrorists seized control of the Achille Lauro, an Italian passenger ship carrying 440 people. They threatened to blow it up if Israel did not release 50 Palestinian prisoners. During the incident, the hijackers murdered Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly Jewish-U.S. man in a wheelchair.