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AUGUST 27 

Henceforth know we no man after the flesh—2. Cor. 5:16.

 The Apostle did not mean that we should pay no attention to the shortcomings of the flesh, either in ourselves or in other disciples of Christ. All fleshly weaknesses should be striven against, and they may frequently demand rigorous treatment in the interest of the new heart, mind and will; but nevertheless, we are to differentiate distinctly between it and the weak mortal body, and are to love and sympathize with the brother or sister, while it may be necessary for us, in his or her interest, and also in the interest of the Church, to reprove or rebuke or otherwise correct the wrong course. The Apostle’s definition as to how we are to know the two classes apart is that the unregenerate will mind the things of the flesh, while the regenerate will mind the things of the Spirit.

 

Parallel passages: Deut. 33:9; 1.Sam. 2:29; 1.Tim. 5:21; 2.Cor. 11:22; Gal. 2:11-14; Matt. 10:37; 12:48-50; John 2:4; 6:63; 15:14; Gal. 2:5, 6; 5:6.