Paragraph 2516

2516. Because man is a composite being, spirit and body, there already exists a certain tension in him; a certain struggle of tendencies between “spirit” and “flesh” develops. But in fact this struggle belongs to the heritage of sin. It is a consequence of sin and at the same time a confirmation of it. It is part of the daily experience of the spiritual battle:

For the Apostle it is not a matter of despising and condemning the body which with the spiritual soul constitutes man’s nature and personal subjectivity. Rather, he is concerned with the morally good or bad works, or better, the permanent dispositions – virtues and vices – which are the fruit of submission (in the first case) or of resistance (in the second case) to the saving action of the Holy Spirit. For this reason the Apostle writes: “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”303


Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

507. What attitude should people have toward animals?

330. What is the effect of the ordination to the diaconate?

209. What is meant by the term “heaven”?

358. What is the root of human dignity?

107. Who is invited to come into the Kingdom of God proclaimed and brought about by Jesus?

550. What are the essential forms of Christian prayer?

420. What is the New Law or the Law of the Gospel?


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

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How to deal with conflicts and disagreements between brothers: the example of Joseph’s children (Joshua 17-19)?

What is the message of Abdias 1:11 about Edom’s injustice and oppression of the weak?

What does the Bible say about loving and serving your brothers and sisters?

How important is caring for the dead in the Bible and what can we learn from the story of Tobiah and the burial of the dead?

What does God’s sovereignty over human history mean, as described in Zephaniah 1:15?

What is the responsibility of religious leaders according to Malachi 2:7?