Friday, 26 February 2010

Nothing noble in the flesh left to itself

There is nothing noble in the flesh left to itself.
It is petty, insignificant, narrow and cloudy.
Only in the things of the Spirit is there that which is noble,
sublime, far-reaching, broad, intelligent, interesting and everlasting-
Brother Robert Roberts
Elpis Israel Page 90:

" The thinking of the flesh, uninfluenced by the ameliorating agency of divine truth, is so degenerating in its effects that it reduces man to savagism. There is nothing elevating or ennobling in fleshly thoughts; on the contrary, they tend to physical deterioration and death; for "to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace" (Rom. viii 6). If ferocious creatures become tame, or civilized, it is the result of what may be termed spiritual influences; which, operating from without the animal, call into exercise its higher powers, by which the more turbulent are subdued, or kept in check."
"The unilluminated thinking of the flesh gives birth to the "works of the flesh; which are, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, las-civiousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, dissensions, sects, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like" (Gal. v. 19). Unchecked by the truth and judgments of God, the world would have been composed solely of such characters."

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