Monday, November 14, 2011

Romans 8:5-8

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.

This continues the previous passage, which stated that those who live according to the Spirit, rather than the flesh, have the righteous requirements of the law fully met in them (through the sin offering of Christ). So, we have two kinds of people:

*Set – to settle, concentrate, focus, block out anything else

No inferences were drawn in this chart, only the words actually stated in these passages are given. (The cool chart did not translate into blog format, and I don't have time to figure that out... you will have to make do with a list!)

Live – sinful nature
1.*Set mind on sin desires
2. Death
3. Hostile to God
4. Not submissive to God’s law
5. Unable to please God
6. Controlled by sin nature

Live – Spirit
1. *Set mind on Spirit desires
2. Life and peace
5. Righteousness fully met
6. Controlled by Spirit

To me this illustrates God’s sovereignty in an obvious way. Unable to please God, controlled by sin nature, dead – how can a person like that choose God but by God’s own intervention?
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