A servant of God may know if they have the Spirit of God: if when the Lord works some good through them, their body – since it ever at variance with all that is good – is not puffed up. But rather they become viler in their own sight, and they esteem themselves less than others.
Francis, it is quite plain took Paul to heart or else-wise the same dichotomy between Flesh and Spirit existed in the 13th as in the 1st Century CE.
Let’s see what did Paul say on this matter: Here is a list of verses from the epistles and elsewhere on the ‘Flesh‘.
From the very first Paul says that those who are in the Flesh cannot please God, meaning, those of us who try to please God trusting only in our own efforts when there is nothing spiritual about us. Romans 8:8 And almost as if in response to it there is Galatians 5:16 [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh; which are quite opposite each other and to me represent the bread for the sandwich of Francis’ Admonition.
My reason for saying so is because we ourselves come between ourselves and God and unless we are walking in the Spirit, aware of the Spirit of God within us then we take credit (when others compliment) for every good we do in the name of Jesus. There is me the good Priest or Preacher or Sunday School Teacher rather than:-no matter how good a person or how clever or wise none of this would be so if Jesus had not given me these talents.
In Colossians 3:1-25 we have ” If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” Being ‘Risen’ with Christ is our state now that we try to walk daily with him and our souls reaching through the sandwich, breaking through our pride and pleasure, attempting to seek higher things eventually bring us to a natural humility that gives credit where it is due and glory to God for being an instrument of God- then we are not puffed up.
Yet don’t let us come to that false humility and here I disagree with the medieval concept of vileness and vilest, which I would hope you would agree also because it leads to that awful false humility a selfeffaciveness that will not take credit for anything even when it is due.
To me this is just as obnoxious as those who take credit for everything. I feel this has to mask Pride or be Acting Out and is worrying and if the person really were like this they would become puffed up in their own sight because they can behave in such an ‘umble manner.