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Can the flesh speak?

Submitted: 3/4/2008
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Question: You wrote: 'The word LORD (with all capital letters) is the proper name YHVH, or as some say, Yahweh. The word Lord (capitalized but with small letters) is adonai, which means a master or ruler.' I have asked you before the difference between God and Lord. The above is an excellent definition. You said that the Spirit is talking to the flesh. Can the flesh without the Spirit talk? What it is, is God talking to our (master and ruler) Jesus Christ. Is this not acceptable?

Answer: Sure, the flesh can speak, because the flesh is a human being with all the capacities of any human being. In the passage you cited from Matthew 22:43-44, the Spirit was speaking prophetically through David.

The Son made clear on several ocassions that although the words were coming out of His mouth, they were actually the words of God, given to Him by the Spirit. As an example, in John 12:49-50 Jesus said, 'For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.' We see this happening in Acts 1:2, which says, 'Until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles....'

We are instructed to speak the same way. In Matthew 10:19-20 Jesus said, 'But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.' Flesh is speaking, but the words are of the Spirit.