Hence, while he is assured that to live is Christ, he is equally confident that to die would be gain. 13:9). Secondly, this carnal mind corrupts even the best duties; it makes those performances which being considered in their own nature are good, yet coming from such a person that performs them to be turned to sin unto him, because the principle from which he performs them is not right in him (Proverbs 21:27). The mind which the Holy Spirit infuses into the regenerate, and which desires and pursues after spiritual things. What he shall be it does not yet appear.(D. Hence we are required to "mortify the deeds of the body." Secondly, as there is ignorance in the mind, so there is also a curiosity and an affectation of the knowledge of such things as belong not to us. Still, in every good man, conscience is more or less honoured and cultivated, while in the opposite character it is hated and neglected as Heaven's unwelcome sentinel.4. To be spiritually minded is life and peace. If they love His law, His gospel, His government, His Church, or even the humblest individual in His household, there is no one of these affections of which angels would be ashamed.3. We feel spiritually. Forasmuch as the matter of it, it is conversant about things of that nature, as grace, and conversion, and regeneration, and such things as these. When the constant changes which go forward in the body nourish and preserve its life, it lives; but when they cease to do that, then it dies. Secondly, with man's own self. And the death of the carnally minded is a death to all that is spiritual — a hopeless apathy in all that regards our love to God and righteousness. The aspect in which it presents itself to us is dark and repellent. Hence, awakened sensibility is the first sign of an inner life. That death is the cessation of activities which befalls the living body, is a natural, but cannot even we see it is a partial way of viewing it? THE LIFE AND PEACE WITH WHICH SPIRITUAL MINDEDNESS IS CONNECTED.1. WHEREIN THIS STATE OF MIND CONSISTS. Of "the beauty of holiness" he has no knowledge. Piety cultivates a better conscience than can be found in the carnally-minded. What is meant by these expressions? A supreme, uncreated excellence must sanctify and draw us on to another citizenship than that we hold amid these clay-built abodes, before the spiritual mind, with its "life and peace," can be unfolded within us. Christian converse. To be spiritually-minded, then, is to have a sense, a conviction, and inward knowledge of the reality, solidity, and permanent security of spiritual things. A Spirit of "love," He is grieved at the indulgence of envious and malignant passions. Those that are spiritually-minded, they are so from the Spirit of life which is in Christ Himself, and communicated to them who are members of Him. Do I seek to please Him with my thoughts, my words, and my deeds? A life of piety promotes happiness. Each of these is such as is consequent to spiritual-mindedness in those who are the subjects of it. It is said, however, that there are some whom religion has made unhappy. First, with God Himself (Romans 5:1), etc. II. It yields pure and permanent enjoyment when all other sources fail, and in every variety and change of circumstance, and is productive of perfect felicity in heaven.3. Breather of earthly air, yet partaker of a heavenly privilege; birth of yesterday, yet heir of immortality; mystery to thyself, definite figure, illimitable being! Upon rising I offered not one single word of comfort or advice … So I left my friend in his powerlessness in the hands of God, as the only helper. "We are more than conquerors." And thus, indeed, do I rather take it here in this place, the blessing of peace, as it is called, and which God hath promised to bestow on His people (Psalm 29:11; Psalm 119:165; Proverbs 3:17; Romans 2:10; Galatians 6:16), etc. Paul is convinced that because of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection a new reality is available for humankind. The very essence of sin is rebellion against the Divine authority. The second is the end of the spiritual, which is expressed in two terms to us, in life and in peace. Grace it is of a calming and composing nature, it puts all things into a state of quietness. (1) Life. A Spirit of "love," He is grieved at the indulgence of envious and malignant passions. This verse gives us the views of one occupying a point of view different to the one we are accustomed to take.I. 9:21). A life of piety furnishes the heart with those affections which give it the highest pleasure, and best promote its improvement. Those that are spiritually-minded, they are so from the Spirit of life which is in Christ Himself, and communicated to them who are members of Him. From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. First, all worldlings, who savour of nothing but of the earth and of the things of the earth. If He is not the immediate object of the affections of His people, still they have a noble object. The sensual thought, the eyes that rove after, the imagination that shapes, the soul that hankers for, forbidden pleasures, are anti-spiritual. (2) Is of the highest and noblest character. In —1. Clark. Renewal of the mind by the Spirit (John 3:6, 7).2. Its efficient cause is the Holy Spirit. The observance of stated seasons of religious retirement.5. 1. How would you help him see that he is hostile toward God? If we take it specifically and restrictively, so it does point out that blessing which is properly and peculiarly so-called, and that in all the several kinds and distributions of it. And as we retest not grieve the Author of the spiritual mind, so we must be careful not to "quench" His sacred influences. Thirdly, it is also death eternal. Awake to thy spiritual relations; live up to their solemn dignity.(C. A speculative knowledge of the gospel is not life; nor is a performance of the ceremonies of religion; nor a visible union with the Church. To be spiritually dead means to be separated from God and the eternal life that only He can give. This is not always presently, or actually, or in effect, as experience does many times show. But of the inner springs which regulate these activities, of the essential nature of life we are ignorant. Secondly, it is death also demeritoriously. The flesh and the Spirit cannot reign together. Use this beautiful custom verse art picture on your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. For what we deplore when our friends die is not chiefly the disappearance and decay of their bodies, but the withdrawal of that mind and heart from our society of which the body was but the instrument.2. The answers take us far out of our depth. The covenant that binds him to his Lord is an everlasting covenant, well ordered in all things and sure. It is said, however, that there are some whom religion has made unhappy. It is enmity against God, as it follows in the next verse to the text, and it is a deprivation of the life of God which should be in us. A man that has these without grace, he is but a dead man for all that. Spiritual emotions, be they painful or be they joyous, can come only from a spiritual mind. The observance of stated seasons of religious retirement.5. They are cut off from the pleasures of sense, while their hopes of glory and their enjoyment of God are too inoperative to render them happy. The Spirit uses the truth to obtain influential access to man's soul, in all its parts — to the understanding, that it may be opened; to the judgment, that it may be convinced; to the will, that it may be subdued; to the conscience, that it may be restored to its rightful supremacy; to the affections, that they may be set on God and heaven.III. If He is not the immediate object of the affections of His people, still they have a noble object. A man that has these without grace, he is but a dead man for all that. HOW THIS STATE OF MIND MAY BE ORIGINATED AND PROMOTED. He is permitted through rich grace to cast an eye forward toward heaven as his everlasting home.6. The lowest degree of life is vegetable life; the next is animal; the next is intellectual. It is not natural to nor acquired by man. What is death? So with death. This is called “prevenient grace.” I don’t have time to go into the arguments for this doctrine, but they are biblically weak. Of "the beauty of holiness" he has no knowledge. This peace arises from —(1) Pardon, for, "being justified by faith we have peace with God. (4)A holy love to the Divine character. A. Romans 8:6. Secondly, we see here also God's goodness in His powerful and victorious grace, in that He suffers corruption to break out no further sometimes than it does, if not by wholly removing it, yet at least by restraining it. "To be spiritually minded," according to "the wise men after the flesh," is to be mad; according to the votaries of sensual pleasure, is to be melancholy; according to the Word of God, "life and peace." (Thomas Horton, D. D.)LinksRomans 8:6 NIVRomans 8:6 NLTRomans 8:6 ESVRomans 8:6 NASBRomans 8:6 KJVRomans 8:6 Bible AppsRomans 8:6 ParallelRomans 8:6 Biblia ParalelaRomans 8:6 Chinese BibleRomans 8:6 French BibleRomans 8:6 German BibleRomans 8:6 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)An obedient regard to Divine authority. When the constant changes which go forward in the body nourish and preserve its life, it lives; but when they cease to do that, then it dies. The second is peace, which may be taken either in the generical notion or in the specifical. thy feet do not more surely gravitate to the earth than thy inward nature holds of a loftier sphere. No cause is adequate to the production of it but the Holy Ghost. A. The Spirit ordinarily works by means, the chief of which are the study of the Scriptures, private devotion, and public worship.3. WITH WHAT THIS STATE OF MIND IS IDENTIFIED. "To be spiritually minded," according to "the wise men after the flesh," is to be mad; according to the votaries of sensual pleasure, is to be melancholy; according to the Word of God, "life and peace." This carnal mind envenoms the greatest comforts, and takes away the profitable use of all the creatures that are for us. And this is that which is principally intended here in this place, as the worst and greatest of all. For, having the Spirit, we have in ourselves an agency for helping our infirmities. But life it is, and must be. Their fruitfulness depends upon their being kept in constant exercise.3. Clark. 2. Hence we are required to "mortify the deeds of the body." ITS FRUITS AND EXPERIENCES. There are two great causes of disturbance to which the heart is exposed. A life of holiness is calculated to fill the mind with the richest enjoyment, and raise it to its highest state of improvement. Thirdly, with others (Proverbs 16:7). Spiritual-mindedness is spiritual life likewise so. The sensual thought, the eyes that rove after, the imagination that shapes, the soul that hankers for, forbidden pleasures, are anti-spiritual. And such a death is not merely a thing of negation, but of positive wretchedness. As a test of character.2. Thirdly, it is also death eternal. He pointedly asked the skeptical Jews (John 8:43), “Why do you not understand what I am saying?” He answered His own question, “It is because you cannot hear My word.” Obviously they could hear what He was saying, but they lacked the spiritual ability to hear with obedience. He has fellowship with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. Romans 8:6 Context. No cause is adequate to the production of it but the Holy Ghost. Corney. Thirdly, this carnal mind is oftentimes also temporal death actually and in the consequence of it. 29, 30; John 4:14).III. Scripture: Romans 8:12–18. This is corrupted, and so tending to death (thus Romans 1:22, and Ephesians 4:8). Secondly, it is death also demeritoriously. 2. Secondly, this carnal mind corrupts even the best duties; it makes those performances which being considered in their own nature are good, yet coming from such a person that performs them to be turned to sin unto him, because the principle from which he performs them is not right in him (Proverbs 21:27). Secondly, here may likewise be warned and admonished occasionally from this present truth, all such persons as content themselves in a mere abstaining from grosser sins and the outward acts of the flesh. A life of piety furnishes the heart with those affections which give it the highest pleasure, and best promote its improvement. )True piety peacefully pleasantD. Secondly, for spiritual life. )The spiritual mindD. M. Herbert, M. No cause is adequate to the production of it but the Holy Ghost. Respecting this Holy Spirit, note —(1) His importance. (1) The expression is an abstract one. The favour of God is life to us. Secondly, objectively. Secondly, it is death also demeritoriously. As for this latter, they have no share in peace as belonging unto them (Isaiah 57:20, 21). If He is not the immediate object of the affections of His people, still they have a noble object. Secondly, it is death also spiritually, which is somewhat further here intended. This may serve to humble us, and lay us low in our own thoughts. And thus, indeed, do I rather take it here in this place, the blessing of peace, as it is called, and which God hath promised to bestow on His people (Psalm 29:11; Psalm 119:165; Proverbs 3:17; Romans 2:10; Galatians 6:16), etc. 1. Secondly, as there is corruption in the understanding, so likewise in the will and affections. 7. All those tendencies which the apostle includes under the name of the "carnal mind," must be brought into subjection. believest thou only in what comes to thee through these five windows of the senses, so advantageously placed to let in the notices of material things; or wilt thou credit that thy Maker also fashioned thy heart to yield for the entrance of Himself and retinue of attending spirits? If they love His law, His gospel, His government, His Church, or even the humblest individual in His household, there is no one of these affections of which angels would be ashamed.3. 5. A life of piety promotes happiness. ceded. Once more, "to be spiritually-minded," while standing in opposition to what is "carnal," and completing what is "moral," is also the significance of what is "formal." Their fruitfulness depends upon their being kept in constant exercise.3. Jesus also taught that no one can come to Him unless the Father grants it and draws him (John 6:44, 65). The objects of contemplation that lie before the believing mind are dignified and worthy its occupancy.2. The Flesh Devotional. )Spiritual mindednessG. But the way we look at both death and life is partial and illusive. Secondly, we see here also God's goodness in His powerful and victorious grace, in that He suffers corruption to break out no further sometimes than it does, if not by wholly removing it, yet at least by restraining it. They have taken up with something below that which their souls were made and fitted for. )The spiritual mindD. "Be not over much wicked; why should'st thou die before thy time?" Both by the repugnant action of sin to God, and by the repugnant action of God to sin, all the favour and love and life of God are banished from the heart. Secondly, this carnal mind corrupts even the best duties; it makes those performances which being considered in their own nature are good, yet coming from such a person that performs them to be turned to sin unto him, because the principle from which he performs them is not right in him (Proverbs 21:27). 6:14), we are under the law of Christ (1 Cor. Moore, M. (2) This disease is named the mind of the flesh. In its more advanced and perfect form, it is the enthronement of the Divine will over the human; the voluntary subjection of the whole man to a Divine influence, whereby Christ is formed in us.II. IN WHAT FORMS DOES IT MANIFEST ITSELF?1. This shows us what ill judges of the things of God and the matters of religion such persons are as are merely carnal, and have no more but the light of reason in them, which is so much dimmed and obscured by sin, is as if blind men were to judge of colours, which is very improper and impertinent. But his regard is as transitory as the excitement by which it was occasioned. 3. Secondly, it is death also demeritoriously. And peace, as I said, in the full extent. There are divers persons who have great need to this purpose to be awakened out of this dead condition. 1. There is the life and peace of —. (See last week’s message for more on 8:5-6.). And this is that which is principally intended here in this place, as the worst and greatest of all. "(2) Confidence in God; "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee. "(5) Peace in death; for "mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace."III. And, besides, there is the ignoble procedure of making it the chief employment of the higher powers of our nature to cater for the lower. In the embarrassments of moral choice, in the oppositions of conflicting duties, we look to have the mind of the Spirit.3. There is the life and peace of —1. In 8:6, Paul explains that the reason those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh is that they are spiritually dead: “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.” Then, in 8:7-8, he explains further why the mind set on the flesh is spiritually dead and headed toward eternal death: because it is hostile toward God, not subject to His law, and displeasing to Him. This first of all teaches us how impotent and unable anyone is by nature to his own conversion, while we are depraved in every part of us. It is not future, but present, and arises from the obtuseness or the extinction of certain feelings and faculties which, if awake to their corresponding objects, would uphold a life of thoughts and sensations and regards, altogether different from the life of unregenerate men. Spirituality of mind is —1. There must be life in us, while we are manifesting any of the functions of life.2. And as we retest not grieve the Author of the spiritual mind, so we must be careful not to "quench" His sacred influences. The Spirit ordinarily works by means, the chief of which are the study of the Scriptures, private devotion, and public worship.3. This image is custom made, and has no image licensing restrictions and is free for you to distribute. Secondly, with man's own self. (2) Is of the highest and noblest character. Devotion. There is no small object in God's kingdom. And why? thy feet do not more surely gravitate to the earth than thy inward nature holds of a loftier sphere. To be approved of Christ its reward; to see Christ, and to resemble Him, its eternal happiness. In its more advanced and perfect form, it is the enthronement of the Divine will over the human; the voluntary subjection of the whole man to a Divine influence, whereby Christ is formed in us.II. (4) Peace in affliction; for "in the world ye shall have tribulation, but in Me ye shall have peace. This first of all teaches us how impotent and unable anyone is by nature to his own conversion, while we are depraved in every part of us. Romans 8:6-11 New King James Version (NKJV) 6 For to be [ a]carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. It is to believe and see that there is something more in God's universe than outwardly appears; something more than this richly compounded order of material elements, with all its beauty; something beyond the sharply defined glittering objects that crowd the landscape. There is the life and peace of —1. Alexander. )Spiritual mindednessG. (5)A penitential conviction of guilt. The instrumental means is "the Word of God," which by the Spirit, is made "effectual in them that believe." That death is the cessation of activities which befalls the living body, is a natural, but cannot even we see it is a partial way of viewing it? "The flesh lusts against the Spirit" (Galatians 5:17). First, that this carnal mind perverts the greatest human excellences and perfections which are considerable in any; the wits, and parts, and understandings, and such things as these. The flesh and the Spirit cannot reign together. But the spiritual mind changes constraint into cheerfulness, and duty into happiness, and the restless activity of a self-devised and legal worship into the calm repose of a commanded and accepted sacrifice.4. )The spiritual mindC. First, it is so originally, and as the first occasion of this death. And how is such death wrought by the "mind of the flesh"? Attendance on the means of grace. The Spirit of God makes choice of such an expression as might most of all terrify us, and move all such persons as are yet remaining in their natural condition to labour to come out of it. The objects of contemplation that lie before the believing mind are dignified and worthy its occupancy.2. To awaken conscience from its sleep, to turn the will from its waywardness, to eradicate the seeds of evil, and to fill the heart with love for whatever is holy, is the province of the Holy Spirit, and of Him only: "That which is born of the flesh is flesh," etc.2. Scripture: Romans 8:13–17. And this is that which is principally intended here in this place, as the worst and greatest of all. If we take it specifically and restrictively, so it does point out that blessing which is properly and peculiarly so-called, and that in all the several kinds and distributions of it. The thoughts make the man, and the thoughts are the man. There is a service which may be laborious, exact, and costly, but it is the service of a bondsman — of one who is labouring to obey, before he has been fully brought to believe. But if the inevitable result, and in some sense the conscious choice, of sin is the loss of God, what is the result of the true and right activity of the renewed nature, when the "spirit" is inspired by the Spirit of God, and restored to its proper ascendancy over the "flesh"? Abstraction of the mind from the world.3. (6)The prospect of standing before the judgment seat of Christ.II. (4) Peace in affliction; for "in the world ye shall have tribulation, but in Me ye shall have peace. 1. When the constant changes which go forward in the body nourish and preserve its life, it lives; but when they cease to do that, then it dies. Meditation on death and the world to come.The subject may be viewed and improved —. By —1. The favour of God is life to us. This we may see made good in the several branches of it. He enjoys the ministry of angels. The soul's occupying itself mainly with aims and efforts belonging to its higher nature. This is a point that will generally be con. 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