The Greek word ‘sarx’ (flesh) is often a difficult word to translate and define in Paul’s epistles. Most Bible translations use more than a few English words for the Greek word ‘sarx.’ For example, some translations use “human body,” “body,” “person,” “sinful flesh,” “earthly,” “physical,” “natural,” or other similar words to translate ‘sarx.’ So what does this word mean? It is a long answer, I suppose, since the term has various meanings depending on context. I appreciate Douglas Moo’s summary of this term in his article, “Sin in Paul.” Here’s how Moo summarizes the meanings of ‘sarx.’
1) The most basic meaning of sarx, and the most common in secular Greek, is ‘the material that covers the bones of an animal or human body.’ Paul occasionally uses the word with this sense (cf. 1 Cor. 15:39, Eph, 2:11, Col. 2:13, Gal. 6:13).
2) Following precedents in secular Greek, Paul also…
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