Below, I take a look at the book of Galatians and explore how Paul understands “flesh” (sarx) and “spirit” (pneuma). The first half of this blog post examines the use of sarx in Galatians. In doing so, it highlights what Paul means when describing those who are under the law as being fleshly. Then, I move on to pneuma by examining its usage in relation to being born again: Those who are born again have become spirit-beings thanks to God’s Spirit working within them. We end with a discussion on how these two concepts were interrelated for early Christians such as Paul, who believed that one could not be truly free from sin without becoming one with God through Christ.*
Here is an example introduction for an argumentative essay:
Flesh Versus Spirit
1. When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
Childhood is a time of innocence, learning, and fun. Children do not see things in the same way as adults. They live in a world of play, imagination, and creative thinking.
When you are young you often dream of becoming something great when you grow up; however as we mature we get caught up with daily living and responsibilities, which can take away from our dreams or make them seem like they will never happen. The truth is that no matter how old you are or what stage of life you are at…there is always time to accomplish the things that mean most to us if only we would choose to live each day as if it were our last!
2. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
Your spirit is a mysterious, living substance. It’s made up of many parts that interact with each other to form a whole—the body, mind, and spirit. The more you can understand this relationship between the flesh, soul and spirit the better equipped you will be to make wise choices in life.
If we view our body as something separate from ourselves—as a shell that holds us together—then it’s easy to see why so many people have such trouble connecting with their inner selves and becoming who they really are. We may think of our bodies as something not particularly important or even sacred; just another vehicle for getting from point A to point B! This attitude runs rampant through society today but if we look at things differently then we might come up with some interesting conclusions about ourselves as human beings:
3. And He died for all so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
Our text today is from 1 Corinthians 15:22-23, which says:
And He died for all so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
The next verse continues on the second man Adam became a life-giving spirit.
“For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh,” (v.14) Paul writes to explain why Jesus came; “God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh.” The real meaning of this passage is that God sent His Son into our world as a human being to take away sin – not just our sins but everyone’s – including yours and mine! And He did it by dying on the cross because we deserved death; yet when He arose from the dead three days later He reversed the process by giving us eternal life!
4. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
We know that we have passed out of death into life because we love the brothers. He who does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this, we know love because he laid down his life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But if anyone has this world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
How do you know if your faith and walk with God are real? The apostle John tells us: “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked” (I John 2:6). In order to have real faith and be spiritually alive, you must live by walking according to Jesus’ example!
The Bible further states: “Let us keep awake, therefore; let us watch with full purpose of heart; let us show moderation” (Romans 13:11).
5. And do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
You must not give in to sin’s desires. It is possible to live in the flesh and be controlled by sin, but it is also possible to live in the spirit and be controlled by God. The Bible says that we should “present our members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” (Romans 6:13) We are no longer slaves of sin, but slaves of righteousness! The end goal for every believer is not just being saved from hell—it’s being saved from our sinful nature.
So how do you overcome temptation? First, recognize your natural tendencies; then replace those tendencies with righteous ones that will lead you closer to God’s perfect will for your life. One way to do this is by meditating on Scripture daily—this trains you both mentally and spiritually! You may also want to attend a small group or Bible study where others can help hold you accountable for putting these principles into practice so that together we can glorify Christ with our lives!
6. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
In this passage, Paul is telling us to not let sin reign in our mortal bodies. We are to not obey its lusts and we should not present our members as instruments of unrighteousness. If we do this, instead of submitting ourselves to God as those alive from the dead, we will be continuing the pattern of rebellion against him. Instead, we must present ourselves as those who have been freed from death through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and are now alive!
7. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
Put on the Lord Jesus Christ means that you are to live your life completely under His control—to let Him have His way in all areas of your life. He is the Lord of everything you do, thinks, and say. Your body is not your own; it belongs to Him (1 Cor 6:19-20). Your mind has been renewed by His Word so that you can think of God’s thoughts after Him (Rom 12:2). You should never use any part of yourself to gratify sin or lust (see 1 Pet 3:1-2).
8. Do not give in to worldly desires
The flesh is a powerful force, and we all have it. It is our desire to do what feels good and to enjoy the pleasures of this world. However, when we give into worldly desires and ignore spiritual discipline, we give Satan free reign over our lives. Our bodies are members of Christ (1 Corinthians 6:15), so it’s crucial that we take care of them by not abusing them with excessive drinking or unhealthy food or drugs. If you struggle with addictions like these, seek help from your local church or community organization so you can regain control over what happens inside your body!
If you are a Christian, the goal should be to be more like Christ. We should seek to follow his example, but we also need to understand that there are times when it makes sense to give in to our fleshly desires. The key is understanding which desires we’re giving into and why. If we can become aware of our feelings and motivations, then our actions will naturally follow suit