Kinsmen according to the flesh And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, [and] with his seed after him. Gen 17:19
For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen. Rom 9:3-5 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Gal 4:22-23 "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? Luk 15:4
He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Mat 15:24These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, "Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And preach as you go, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Mat 10:5-7 In the red letter part of the Holy Bible, the part which was quoted directly from Jesus, John provides the following direct quotes from Jesus:
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.Paul uses an allegory in Galatians 4:22-31 to claify who Jesus meant by "flesh" and who He meant by "spirit":
All descendants of Abraham's son Ishmael were "born after the flesh". All descendants of Abraham's grandson Jacob (and only those descendants) are "the children of promise" or "spirit". "Flesh" and "spirit" are direct genetic references to two different races or seedlines of people. In this context at least, the word "spirit" has nothing to do with attitude or mindset or intellectual capacity and everything to do with the physical genetic descendants of Jacob. Similarly, in this context, the word "flesh" is not a reference to Israelites, but to Ishmaelites.
Where judeochristians proclaim that genealogy [read: flesh] means nothing, Jesus said that it means everything. Where judeochristians proclaim that there are Israelites who are "fleshly" or "worldly", Jesus said that it was descendants of Ishmael who were "born after the flesh". Where judeochristians proclaim that all races can become "children of promise", Jesus said that only the descendants of Jacob [read: Israelites] can be. Where judeochristians proclaim that all races can be saved by "common salvation", Jesus's actual reply to the Canaanite women, a statement made for all to hear and understand, was:
In the following Scripture, the Greek word esthio, Strong's #2068, is translated 66 times as eat, eateth, eating, eaten, or devour
Luk 5:33 And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise [the disciples] of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?
Yet the Greek word trogo, Strong's #5176, is also translated as eateth in the following Scripture:
Joh 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
If Christ had meant for anyone, Israelite or not, to actually "eateth my flesh", then He would have used the term esthio, not trogo. So what then could trogo, which appears only 6 times as eateth or eating, really mean for this Scripture to make sense?
When Paul wrote "my kinsmen according to the flesh", he used the same Greek word sarx, Strong's 4561, that Christ used in John 6:54. How were they kinsmen by flesh? Were they cannibals? No. Was this some kind of dietary law? No. Does the following definition of sarx from Strong's Concordance include a translation that applies to this use of "kinsmen according to the flesh"? No. By implying that kindred means human nature, Strong's ignores Galatians 4:23 where sarx MUST be a reference to genealogy.
When translators and concordances like Strong's omitted such an important meaning of the word sarx from its translation, the real meaning of John 6:54 was lost and Christians had to struggle with the concept of being a cannibal for Christ. Of course Christ did not expect His followers to gnaw on his elbow, so trogo must mean a kinsman of his flesh just as Paul wrote, which in modern English would be:
Likewise, "drinketh my blood" has also been misconstrued, as the Greek word pino is used where, if it were meant to literally drink, the Greek word posis should have been used:
From the alternate of G4095; a drinking (the act), that is, (concretely) a draught: - drink.
Thus John 6:54 must have the following meaning:
Just as the English expression "drinking in the view" means only to experience or closely examine the view rather than to literally drink it, the Greek expression "drink my blood" means only to be of the same blood rather than to literally drink Christ's blood, even if only symbolically.
The Hebrew word "basar" is translated as both "flesh" and "kin" Psa 102:5 By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.
From H7604; flesh (as swelling out), as living or for food; generally food of any kind; figuratively kindred by blood: - body, flesh, food, (near) kin (-sman, -swoman), near (nigh) [of kin]
FLESH, n. [I know not the primary sense; it may be soft.]
1. A compound substance forming a large part of an animal, consisting of the softer solids, as distinguished from the bones and the fluids. Under the general appellation of flesh, we include the muscles, fat, glands &c., which invest the bones and are covered with the skin. It is sometimes restricted to the muscles.
2. Animal food, in distinction from vegetable.
Flesh without being qualified with acids, is too alkalescent a diet.
3. The body of beasts and fowls used as food, distinct from fish. In Lent, the Catholics abstain from flesh, but eat fish.
4. The body, as distinguished from the soul.
As if this flesh, which walls about our life,
Were brass impregnable.
5. Animal nature; animals of all kinds.
The end of all flesh is come before me. Gen 6.
6. Men in general; mankind.
My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh. Gen 6.
7. Human nature.
The word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. John 1.
8. Carnality; corporeal appetites.
Fasting serves to mortify the flesh.
The flesh lusteth against the spirit. Gal 5.
9. A carnal state; a state of unrenewed nature.
They that are in the flesh cannot please God. Rom 8.
10. The corruptible body of man, or corrupt nature.
Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Cor 15.
11. The present life; the state of existence in this world.
To abide in the flesh is more needful for you. Phil 1.
12. Legal righteousness, and ceremonial services.
What shall we then say that Abraham, our father as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? Rom 4. Gal 3.
13. Kindred; stock; family.
He is our brother, and our flesh. Gen 37.
14. In botany, the soft pulpy substance of fruit; also, that part of a root, fruit, &c., which is fit to be eaten.
One flesh, denotes intimate relation. To be one flesh is to be closely united, as in marriage. Gen 2. Eph 5.
After the flesh, according to outward appearances, John 8
Or according to the common powers of nature. Gal 4:
Or according to sinful lusts and inclinations. Rom 8.
An arm of flesh, human strength or aid.
1. To initiate; a sportsman's use of the word, from the practice of training hawks and dogs by feeding them with the first game they take or other flesh.
2. To harden; to accustom; to establish in any practice, as dogs by often feeding on any thing. Men fleshed in cruelty; women fleshed in malice.
3. To glut; to satiate.
The wild dog
Shall flesh his tooth on every innocent.
Eze 45:17 It shall be the prince's duty to furnish the burnt offerings, cereal offerings, and drink offerings, at the feasts, the new moons, and the sabbaths, all the appointed feasts of the house of Israel: he shall provide the sin offerings, cereal offerings, burnt offerings, and peace offerings, to make atonement for the house of Israel.
Hos 11:12 E'phraim has encompassed me with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit; but Judah is still known by God, and is faithful to the Holy One.
Zec 8:13 And as you have been a byword of cursing among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you and you shall be a blessing. Fear not, but let your hands be strong."
Act 2:36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified."
Act 7:42 But God turned and gave them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: 'Did you offer to me slain beasts and sacrifices, forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?
Heb 8:10 This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Gal 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Mat 19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh Mat 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder Mar 10:8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. Mar 10:9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. . Gen 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. Lev 18:6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD. Lev 20:19 And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister, nor of thy father's sister: for he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity. Lev 21:2 But for his kin, that is near unto him, that is, for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother, Lev 25:49 Either his uncle, or his uncle's son, may redeem him, or any that is nigh of kin unto him of his family may redeem him; or if he be able, he may redeem himself. Isa 10:18 And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a standard-bearer fainteth. Job 12:10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. Rth 2:20 And Naomi said unto her daughter-in-law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen. Eze 10:12 And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had.