Psalm 119 – Part 9B
August 10, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 10A
August 12, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 9B
August 10, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 10A
August 12, 2013

Man’s Natural Disposition

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee.  2013

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee. 2013

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:5

Man minds or gives his understanding or predisposition to what it natural to him. The person of the flesh, which Paul doesn’t define until verse nine, thinks according to his nature. He has a sin nature, born into it through the sin of Adam. This is where everyone starts. Jesus was the only one born sinless because He was born of His father God.

Man does not know the things of God so he doesn’t entertain any thoughts toward him. That which is of the flesh is flesh. He only sees in natural terms. He doesn’t know a spirit even exists. His spirit is dead. The nature of the man of flesh is to do the works of flesh. “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;” (Galatians 5:19) Paul goes on to enumerate a number of these works. These are the works of unregenerate man.

However, those who are born again, whose spirit is alive, and who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, mind the things of the Spirit. They know they have a connection to God. They may not do everything right, but they mind the spirit. “For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” (Romans 7:5-6)

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:6) Until we are born of the spirit, we walk in the flesh and mind the things of the flesh.