Russell and Duenes

“In the Flesh” vs. “In the Spirit”

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In Romans 8, Paul contrasts life under the “old era,” the life lived “in the flesh” with the “new era” in Christ, by the power of the Spirit. It is encouraging to look at this contrast closely and consider all that God has done for the Christian under the New Covenant.

In the Flesh
1. Hostile to God
2. Law is powerless to bring obedience
3. Cannot submit to God’s law, enslaved to sin
4. Spiritually dead
5. Mind is set on fleshly things
6. Cannot please God
7. Devoid of the Holy Spirit
8. Without Christ

In the Spirit
1. No condemnation
2. Pleasing to God
3. Mind is set on the things of the Spirit
4. Life and peace
5. God’s Spirit resides within you
6. Adopted into God’s family
7. Fulfills the righteous requirement of the law
8. Eternal life

It’s worth noting that the those who are “in the flesh” are would not necessarily be characterized as particularly “bad” or “wicked” people. Being “in the flesh” simply carries with it all of the characteristics noted above, and those characteristics can clearly be resident in your wonderfully nice and friendly neighbor next door. Thus, the remedy is not trying to “be a good person,” but to be possessed of God’s Spirit by giving one’s life over to Christ. “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” That’s the good news.

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

October 1, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Posted in Duenes, Theology

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