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 mind [352] of the flesh." In those who are truly believers, and "in whom the Spirit of Christ dwells" [353] -- in them "the mind of the flesh" cannot be: which is fornication, uncleanness, wantonness; idolatry, [354] 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] babbling; [356] threatenings, gnashing of teeth, readiness to accuse, [357] jarring, [358] disdainings, blows; perversions of the right, [359] laxness in judgment; haughtiness, arrogance, ostentation, pompousness, boasting of family, of beauty, of position, of wealth, of an arm of flesh; [360] quarrelsomeness, injustice, [361] eagerness for victory; hatred, anger, envy, perfidy, retaliation; [362] debauchery, gluttony, "overreaching (which is idolatry)," [363] "the love of money (which is the root of all evils);" [364] love of display, vainglory, love of rule, assumption, pride (which is called death, and which "God fights against"). [365] 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] 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] because it is in the flesh, "in which dwells no good," [368] 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] "Whosoever, therefore, has not the Spirit of God in him, is none of His:" [370] 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]

[352] Romans 8:6 (phronema).

[353] Romans 8:9.

[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.

[355] Lit. "much talking."

[356] Lit. "empty words."

[357] The word thus rendered is not in the lexicons, but is well illustrated by Isaiah 29:21 ("that make a man an offender"), where the Hiphil of cht' 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 Timothy 6:5, to express diaparatribai ("incessant quarrellings," Alf.); [R.V., "wranglings."--R.].

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

[360] Or "power."

[361] Lit. "folly;" but so used in 2 Corinthians 12:13.

[362] Or "returning of evils."

[363] Colossians 3:5.

[364] 1 Timothy 6:10.

[365] 1 Pet. v. 5; James 4:6.

[366] John 3:6, 31.

[367] Romans 8:7.

[368] Romans 7:18.

[369] Genesis 6:3. [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.]

[370] Romans 7:9. [The Apostle speaks of "the Spirit of Christ."--R.]

[371] 1 Samuel 16:14.

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