What is carnality? According to the Greek dictionary, it means to have the nature and
characteristics of the flesh (or more simply, it means "fleshly"). What, then ,
is the flesh? Sometimes it refers to the whole material part of man (1 Corinthians 15:39;
Hebrews 5:7), and based on this meaning, carnal sometimes relates to material things like
money (Romans 15:27) or to the opposite of our weapons of spiritual warfare (2 Corinthians
10:4). But the word flesh also has a metaphorical sense when it refers to our disposition
to sin and to oppose or omit God in our lives. The flesh is characterized by works that
include lusts and passions (Galatians 5:19-24; I John 2:16); it can enslave (Romans 7:25);
and in it is nothing good (Romans 7:18). Based on this meaning of the word flesh, to be
carnal means to be characterized by things that belong to the unsaved life (Ephesians
Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, Victor Books, 1989, pp. 59-60.
For truth is
precious and divine,
Too rich a pearl
for carnal swine.
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