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carnal

also known as: carnality, carnally minded, carnal mind, fleshly, worldly

Meaning: related to the body or flesh; temporal—not eternal

  • Unconverted people are called carnal (1 Corinthians 3:3 NKJV). They are referred to as having a “carnal mind,” which is in “enmity against God” (Romans 8:6-7 KJV—compare Rom. 8:6-7 ESV translation).

  • The weapons of Christian spiritual warfare are “not carnal,” that is, they are not of man’s device, nor are wielded by human power (2 Corinthians 10:4 NKJV).

  • In contrast to spiritual needs, the King James Bible refers to human material things and needs as “carnal” (Romans 15:27 KJV; 1 Cor. 9:11 KJV).

  • The ceremonies of the Mosaic law are spoken of as “carnal ordinances” for the purification of the flesh—not the inward soul (Hebrews 7:16 KJV; Heb. 9:10 KJV).

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Article Version: May 17, 2019