Glossary: Inner Man/Inner House

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The mind (inner flesh)


  • Man means “flesh” (1 Cor. 3:3). Therefore “inner man” means “inner flesh,” referring to the part of our flesh that is inside — our mind.
  • Inward man used as the mind.

Romans 7:22-23 (KJV) For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind

  • Inner man used synonymously with “heart” (heart is another word used for our mind. See Heart definition.). 

Ephesians 3:16-17 (KJV) That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

  • Inward man said to be renewed day by day (instead of saying “mind renewed” as in Romans 12:2).

2 Corinthians 4:16 (KJV) For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

  • The part of the temple that represents the head of the church is referred to as the “inner house.” This makes sense, because the word “house” is symbolic of our flesh. Inner house = inner flesh (our mind). 

1 Kings 6:27 (KJV) And he set the cherubims within the inner house: and they stretched forth the wings of the cherubims…

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