What does ‘the inner man’ refer to in scripture?

Question: II Corinthians 4:16 and some other scriptures refer to ‘the inner man’. What does ‘the inner man’ mean? Answer: Let us look at all the verses concerning the “inner man” to help shed some light on your question. “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner…

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The Flesh of Man

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/FleshOfMan.mp3 Text: I Corinthians 15:35–44   I.         In attempting to train our puppy, we often found ourselves scolding the dog for chewing on everything in reach – clothing, ankles, fingers.             A.        Why does a dog behave as it does? Certainly mama dog did not teach him to chew on everything in sight.             B.        Animals do what comes natural…

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The Path I Choose

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/PathIChoose.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Galatians 5:19-23   I.         In the book of Galatians, Paul has severely chastised the brethren for attempting to bind the Old Law on Christians             A.        It was a different gospel, not what they were taught – Galatians 1:6-9             B.        Paul has stood opposed to such trends – Galatians 2:11-14             C.        To live under…

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Do Men Have a Sinful Nature?

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/DoMenHaveASinfulNature.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Ephesians 2:1-10   I.         Romans 3:23 – Why is it that everyone sins, barring Jesus our Lord?             A.        A dominant teaching among the denominations is the idea that people are born sinful.                         1.         The Westminster Confession gives a popular view: “Our first parents, being seduced by the subtlety and temptations of Satan,…

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The Works of the Flesh: Murder – Real and Imagined

by Kent Heaton The blood of Abel (Genesis 4) still cries through the ages of centuries as a sad reminder of man’s inhumanity to man. The early world was destroyed because “every intent of the thoughts of [man] was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5) as men filled with rage against their fellow man shed man’s…

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The Works of the Flesh

by Sunday Ayandare via Words Of Life, Vol. 16, No. 1, Jan-Mar. 2009. We live in perilous times. Morals have degenerated to an abysmally low level. One could be tempted to say that the situation has reached its nadir. Reminiscent of the days of old, men are today calling evil good and good evil (Isaiah…

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Can you explain what “flesh” is in Romans 4:1?

Question: Can you explain what “flesh” is in┬áRomans 4:1? Answer: This verse is translated in two different ways: “What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh?” (New King James Version) “What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found?” (New American Standard…

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