Psalm 119 – Part 10A
August 12, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 10B
August 14, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 10A
August 12, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 10B
August 14, 2013

The Mind of the Flesh verses the Mind of the Spirit

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee.  2013

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee. 2013

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Romans 8:6

Remember that Paul is writing through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. As we are going verse by verse, many of these verses tie together in the context. That means another “For” ties to the last verse. “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) “For” sometimes has the idea of “because.” Flesh minds flesh and spirit minds spirit because being fleshly minded is death and being spiritually minded is life and peace.

The Greek word “carnal or carnally” is the same word as flesh. So the fleshly minded or the carnally minded thinking is death. They are dead and their words and thinking only gravitate to a dead end.

Equally the Greek word for “spiritually” is the same word as spirit. Often the translators will decide if they believe the text is talking about the human spirit (small s) or the Holy Spirit (capital S). My Interlinear Greek New Testament translates it as “For the mind of the flesh (is) death but the mind of the Spirit (capital S) is life and peace.

The indwelling Holy Spirit has renewed our life through the risen Lord. Jesus said, ”I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6) It is His life in us and His peace in us. It’s not something we attain to but a gift of grace. The mind of the Spirit is always directing us to a place of peace. The unbeliever is in turmoil and their thinking is in chaos, not peace.

Open up to the mind of the Spirit, which is life and peace. It’s a gift of God’s amazing grace.