From The Great Christian Doctrine of Original Sin Defended 2.3
Observations on John 3:6 in connection with some other passages in the New Testament.
I. The "flesh" and "spirit"-- and being "carnally minded" versus being "spiritually minded"-- are consistently set in opposition by the apostles.
II. The "flesh" is continually written of as that which is "perfectly contrary to God and His law."
III. Comparison of passages demonstrates that "flesh" and "sinful flesh" are used interchangeably.
IV. "Flesh," as the term is used by the apostles, "is something very evil in its nature, and an irreconcilable enemy to all goodness."
V. "Spirit" is used to indicate "a new, divine, and holy nature."
VI. "Spiritual" is used to indicate "truly virtuous and holy," whereas "fleshly" is used to indicate "sinful."
VII. "[P]ride of heart is the [chief] effect or operation of the flesh."
VIII. "The word 'flesh' is often used in both the Old and the New Testament to refer to signify mankind in their present state."
IX. "[W]hat is born in the first birth of man" is a creature utterly lacking in spiritual life, "without anything divine in him."
X. "[M]en by nature are... wholly corrupt, without any good thing."
XI. The apostle uses the terms "carnal" and "natural" interchangeably."
XII. The natural man is "totally corrupt, wholly a stranger and enemy to true virtue or holiness."
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