Reflection on Rom 8:5-6Post date: 2019-11-02
Reflection on Rom 8:5-6
"For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace."
Verses 5-6 are a continuation of the preceding verses and explain again that those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh and those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. Next it is said that to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. This concerns both time and eternity. The fruit of the former is death and the fruit of the latter is not only temporal but also eternal life.
We need to realize again that setting our minds on the things of the Spirit and living according to the Spirit is connected with the law of the Spirit. And the law of the Spirit is essentially connected with Jesus, it is in Him. Those who are in Christ are spiritually rather than carnally minded – that means, they do not set their minds on themselves but on Jesus. Their focus is not on their self-realization or their ego but on true good – spiritual good. However, they need not care about obtaining it. Our main concern must be to have a true relationship to Jesus, to love God, and to love our neighbour as ourselves. Without true love to God we will have true love neither of ourselves nor of our neighbour. And to love God, I need to be aware of what God has done for me. He created me out of love and prepared eternal life for me. He gave His Son for me who paid for my sins. He is not a distant God somewhere far away in heaven. He penetrates my whole life. He sees me, knows me and loves me, and every day I can communicate with Him and give Him my problems.
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