Title: Angelic Conflict part 286: Things of the Spirit - ROM 5:12-21; 8:1-11; .
ROM 8:5 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.
ROM 8:6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,
The final words of verse 6, "the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace," is the declaration that the spiritually minded [literal translation] believer lives an abundant life in victory and triumph and is filled with prosperity and tranquility.
"peace" - eivrh,nh[eirene] = harmonized relationship between God and man [Vine's]. A state of tranquility [Joseph Thayer].
That is soul prosperity. This is the promise of triumph and calm. Peace and not war, but not as the hippies declared. This is the eye of the storm.
Though the AC rages on and the believer often finds himself in chaos, he experiences triumph and calm. It is a heavenly life in an earthly existence.
A mind that is actively set on the things of the Spirit is aggressive towards the spiritual life and offensive rather than just defensive.
A mind that is not actively set upon the things of the Spirit will experience a reactionary life. In other words, an apathetic mind will only react to circumstances and people and will not be ready to respond with the truth.
When an apathetic mind reacts to circumstances there is usually a reaction of mental attitude sin followed by more sins as well as sins of the tongue and overt sin. The apathetic mind then becomes awake to the darkness of sin in his soul and should acknowledge that sin and then turn his mind to the things of the Spirit, without condemnation. However, if the mind soon becomes apathetic again then the cycle soon starts again. This is a reactionary life rather than a life of peace. It is by no means a desire for sinlessness, which is impossible, but a desire to glorify God as the Spirit works through me to apply doctrine to life and circumstances rather than always being late to apply anything because of apathy which results in sleepiness and dullness.
And arise from the dead,
And Christ will shine on you.
let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Is God telling us to be alert for satan or alert to our humility before the will of God? It can certainly apply to both, but we never can know when satan will attack, but we do know the times that we are to humble ourselves before His will and set our minds on the things of the Spirit, because that is all the time.
Things of the Spirit:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Life and freedom:
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you.
Adoption as sons:
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also
Transformation to heaven:
And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Ministering as a priest the gospel of God, that my offering of the Gentiles might become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.
Indwelling for a temple:
Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
Cleansed, sanctified, justified:
And such were some of you [unrighteous as unbelievers]; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.\
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
Lordship of Christ:
Therefore I make known to you, that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus is accursed"; and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.
This obviously doesn't refer to just saying the phrase verbally, but truly reckoning Jesus as your Lord.
Manifestation of spiritual gift:
But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
Inculcation of doctrine:
written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts.
More glory than the Mosaic Law:
how shall the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory?
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Revelation of the glory of Christ:
But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
Sanctification (separation) from the flesh:
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
Living eternal life in time:
For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Eternal life does not depend on circumstances or people or even time or what part of time or eternity one would find himself. This life is God's life and is given to the believer so that he may begin his experience in a life that has always been, without beginning and without end.
Guarantee of royalty and inheritance by unbreakable contract:
having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance
Forever a member of the body of Christ:
in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
Inducted into the mystery doctrine:
as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit
that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man
Full or fulfilled life:
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit
Weapons for spiritual warfare:
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh
Protection of inner treasure:
Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit
Practical (experiential) sanctification:
according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in fullest measure.
Peace and comfort in testing:
If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
Certainty of communion with Christ:
And the one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And we know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
Recognition of falsehood:
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God
Great rewards for the overcomer:
'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.'
It is a part of the Spirit's ministry to bring to your remembrance the things that you have learned:
"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.