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  • Virgins, by the Laying Aside of All Carnal Affection, are Imitators of God.

    Chapter VIII.—Virgins, by the Laying Aside of All Carnal Affection, are Imitators of God.

    For, if a man be only in name called holy, he is not holy; but he must be holy in everything:  in his body and in his spirit.  And those who are virgins rejoice at all times in becoming like God and His Christ, and are imitators of them.  For in those that are such there is not “the mind352

    352 Rom. viii. 6 (φρόνημα).

    of the flesh.”  In those who are truly believers, and “in whom the Spirit of Christ dwells”353

    353 Rom. viii. 9.

    —in them “the mind of the flesh” cannot be:  which is fornication, uncleanness, wantonness; idolatry,354

    354 Lit. “the worship of idols.”  The single word *** sometimes used to express “idolatry” (as in Eph. Syr., opp. tom. i. p. 116), is not found in these epistles.

    sorcery; enmity, jealousy, rivalry, wrath, disputes, dissensions, ill-will; drunkenness, revelry; buffoonery, foolish talking, boisterous laughter; backbiting, insinuations; bitterness, rage; clamour, abuse, insolence of speech; malice, inventing of evil, falsehood; talkativeness,355

    355 Lit. “much talking.”


    356 Lit. “empty words.”

    threatenings, gnashing of teeth, readiness to accuse,357

    357 The word thus rendered is not in the lexicons, but is well illustrated by Isa. xxix. 21 (“that make a man an offender”), where the Hiphil of אטָחָ is used, corresponding to the Aphel of the same root, from which the present word is derived.


    358 The word is used in the Peschito of 1 Tim. vi. 5, to express διαπαρατριβαί (“incessant quarrellings,” Alf.); [R.V., “wranglings.”—R.].

    disdainings, blows; perversions of the right,359

    359 Ex. Conject. Beelen.  The word is not in the lexicons.

    laxness in judgment; haughtiness, arrogance, ostentation, pompousness, boasting of family, of beauty, of position, of wealth, of an arm of flesh;360

    360 Or “power.”

    quarrelsomeness, injustice,361

    361 Lit. “folly;” but so used in 2 Cor. xii. 13.

    eagerness for victory; hatred, anger, envy, perfidy, retaliation;362

    362 Or “returning of evils.”

    debauchery, gluttony, “overreaching (which is idolatry),”363

    363 Col. iii. 5.

    “the love of money (which is the root of all evils);”364

    364 1 Tim. vi. 10.

    love of display, vainglory, love of rule, assumption, pride (which is called death, and which “God fights against”).365

    365 1 Pet. v. 5; Jas. iv. 6.

      Every man with whom are these and such like things—every such man is of the flesh.  For, “he that is born of the flesh is flesh; and he that is of the earth speaketh of the earth,”366

    366 John iii. 6; 31.

    and his thoughts are of the earth.  And “the mind of the flesh is enmity towards God.  For it does not submit itself to the law of God; for it cannot do so,”367

    367 Rom. viii. 7.

    because it is in the flesh, “in which dwells no good,”368

    368 Rom. vii. 18.

    because the Spirit of God is not in it.  For this cause justly does the Scripture say regarding such a generation as this:  “My Spirit shall not dwell in men for ever, because they are flesh.”369

    369 Gen. vi. 3.  [This is an example of the vicious method of interpretation, not yet extirpated, which carries Paul’s distinctive use of the term “flesh” back to the Pentateuch, where no ethical sense is necessarily implied.—R.]

      “Whosoever, therefore, has not the Spirit of God in him, is none of His:”370

    370 Rom. vii. 9.  [The Apostle speaks of “the Spirit of Christ.”—R.]

      as it is written, “The Spirit of God departed from Saul, and an evil spirit troubled him, which was sent upon him from God.”371

    371 1 Sam. xvi. 14.


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