George Blaisdell maqhth at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 5 03:14:34 EDT 2001

George Blaisdell
Roslyn, WA

"Be not troubling of you the heart..."

>From: "Paul Schmehl"

>Paul begins his discussion with PERI DE...TWN PNEUMATIKWN.  Paul's entire 
>treatise, prior to chapter 12 concerns *primarily* fleshly matters... Now 
>we come to chapter 12, and Paul makes an abrupt change of subject....let's 
>discuss spiritual matters."

>It seems to me that the context argues strongly for understanding
PNEUMATIKWN to refer to spiritual matters, or things of the spirit.  The
context is certainly not gifts.  It's a wide range of things that relate to 
spiritual matters as opposed to fleshy matters, which is what Paul had to 
address for 11 chapters in order to get to his goal, to discuss "higher" 
things, if you will.

I had been holding off on this thread for some time, and was just about to 
post to it, when your eminenty sensible post, snipped to essentials above, 
appeared. Thank you for saving me the effort!!  Your understanding is right 
on target, and does not miss the mark, Paul.  Nice work!

"Now, on to spiritual matters" indeed!!



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