What do you make of this?
Heb. 2:14 - "the one having the power of death, that is, the devil"
How does our flesh have the power of death?
Jn. 12:31 - "the ruler of this world shall be cast out"
How do you cast out the flesh? I thought you denied it for it is always with you.
So according to you all, the flesh is also "the god of this world, Serpent, Dragon, devil, Satan, Beelzebub, Prince of the Power of the Air, Evil One, Apollyon, Destroyer, etc, etc.
1Co 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Why is the Spirit of God being contrasted with the spirit of the world? The Spirit of God is a supernatural, spiritual being/personality. Is He being contrasted with a supernatural, spiritual being/personality?
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Even, Christians have to continue to fight their flesh, but they are supposed to have been delivered from this spirit.
1Jn 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Here is a third instance of the spirit of truth (which is the Spirit of God) being contrasted with a spirit.
Seems to me quite evident that Satan is a spirit-being.
And he is a personal being not an impersonal force or the flesh.
He speaks - Lk. 4:3, knows - Rev. 12:12, works - Eph. 2:2, disputes - Jude 9, desires - Jn. 8:44, requests - Lk. 22:31, schemes - II Cor. 2:11, has conceit - I Tim. 3:6, wills - II Tim. 2:2, has wrath - Rev. 12:12, and deceives - Rev. 20:2.
When the Bible wants to talk about the flesh, it speaks plainly about it and there is no confusion. Flesh is flesh and spirit is spirit.
All the best,
Last edited by heb13-13; 03-14-2012 at 05:08 AM.
There is no other book like the Bible in the world where you have to know the Author to understand the book. If Christianity were the religion of the Book then it would be no different than any other religion in the world. But, Christianity is Christ! It is the dynamic, personal Spirit of God functioning in man.