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June 8, 2014


Spiritually Minded

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. (Romans 8:1-9)

As a part of the discussion calling for Christians to walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh, Paul tells of the results—spiritually minded have life and peace while the fleshly minded have death (Romans 8:6). Of course, this message rightfully begins with emphasis on being in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). We have noted that those who are spiritually minded have life and peace, but what does that mean? Let us consider some things involved in being spiritually minded.

One who has a spiritual mind has had a new birth.

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ Nicodemus said to Him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?’ Jesus answered, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.’” (John 3:3-5).

“For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God” (1Peter 1:23).

This birth changes the mind of the individual. He begins to have divine nature (2Peter 1:4). This newness of life begins at baptism (Romans 6:3,4). This newness of life equates to sonship. (Romans 8:16,17).

One who has a spiritual mind is one who has a spiritual life.

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me … If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” (Galatians 2:20; 5:25).

“So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live“ (Romans 8:12,13).

This new life is a life which is after the Spirit—not after the flesh (Romans 8:4).

One who has a spiritual mind is one who has become a part of a spiritual house.

“You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1Peter 2:5).

Being born anew into a new spiritual life, we have a new spiritual family that belongs to God. His household is composed of His people. It is His church (1Timothy 3:14,15). In this spiritual house there is no place for the fleshly mind since we serve Him (1Corinthians 3:1,2).

One who has a spiritual mind is led and governed by the spiritual message.

“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Romans 8:14).

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please” (Galatians 5:16-17).

As sons of God, we are led by the Spirit of God. God feeds His spiritual family with spiritual food. This leading by the Spirit is through the revealed word which came by the Spirit (1Corinthians 2:1‑13). The Spirit can and does testify for me or against me.

One who has a spiritual mind is one who offers up spiritual sacrifices.

“You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1Peter 2:5).

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship” (Romans 12:1).

As we already noticed, since we belong to God and are His spiritual household, we are His priesthood serving Him through sacrifices. The life that we live here on earth in one sense, is a physical life, but with a spiritual purpose. The things that we do and say are to be with a view to spirituality.

One who has a spiritual mind has spiritual blessings.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).

These blessings include the life and the peace of our text (Romans 8:6). The spiritually minded have become heirs (Romans 8:17).

One who has a spiritual mind minds spiritual things.

“For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” (Romans 8:5)

As we look again at our original text, we see the spiritually minded is to “set” his mind. A conscious effort is made to control our thoughts. Consider the mind of the spiritual man as is found in Philippians 4:8,9.

There are things which help the one with a spiritual mind to develop that mind—study, meditation, seeking righteousness, thanksgiving, prayer, etc. (James 4:8; 2Timothy 2:15; Colossians 3:2; 3:12; 3:17; Matthew 6:33; James 5:16; Colossians 3:16). The one who has a spiritual mind will have to be concerned with temporary things, of course. Still, the spiritually minded will do these things from a mind which is spiritual. What is your mind set?

—S. Scott Richardson Sr.

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