Flesh Versus Spirit

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“Flesh” refers to the physical dimension of creation: that which can be experienced with the five physical senses.  “Spirit” refers to the invisible dimension of creation.

For an overview of this subject, see Walking in the Spirit and Not in the Flesh.

This table complements the table titled From One Way of Living to Another.

As Paul says, “Do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:4).

Flesh Versus Spirit

 FleshSpirit
Matthew 3:8, 9Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance; and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father'; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.
Matthew 23:25Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.
Matthew 23:26You blind Pharisee...so that the outside of it may become clean also....first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish...
Matthew 23:27Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.
Matthew 23:28"So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Luke 3:8Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father,' for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.
John 3:6"That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."
John 6:63the flesh profits nothing"It is the Spirit who gives life...the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life."
John 7:24judge according to appearancejudge with righteous judgment
Romans 2:28, 29For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh.

...by the letter...

...praise from men...
But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit...and his praise is...from God.
Romans 8:4walk according to the flesh(walk) according to the Spirit
Romans 8:5set their minds on the things of the flesh(set their minds on) the things of the Spirit
Romans 8:6the mind set on the flesh is deaththe mind set on the Spirit is life and peace
Romans 8:7the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God
Romans 8:8those who are in the flesh cannot please God
Romans 8:13if you are living according to the flesh, you must die;but if, by the Spirit, you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live
Romans 8:14For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God
2 Corinthians 4:18look at things which are seen (which are temporal)look at things which are not seen (which are eternal)
2 Corinthians 5:7walk by sightwalk by faith
2 Corinthians 5:12take pride in appearance(take pride) in heart
2 Corinthians 5:16we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer
2 Corinthians 10:7looking at things as they are outwardly
2 Corinthians 13:7appear approved (or) appear unapproved
Galatians 6:12Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.
Colossians 3:1keep seeking the things above, where Christ is
Colossians 3:2(set your mind on) the things that are on earthset your mind on the things above
Philippians 3:17-21who set their minds on earthly things.For our citizenship is in heaven
This table lays out those Bible verses that help us distinguish between two worldviews – the two fundamental ways in which human beings apprehend reality. They are the Non-Christian way and the Christian way - that is, the way of the flesh and the way of the spirit.

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