Flesh→Death; Spirit→Life

The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.  (Romans 8:6)

Well, that’s a bit old-fashioned in language! The Greek is more literally like this:

A MIND OF FLESH IS DEATH, BUT A MIND OF SPIRIT IS LIFE AND PEACE.

I put it in all capitals, because, you know, you can’t tell if Paul is saying “a spiritual mind” or “a mind of the Spirit’s,” nor can you tell if he means “a fleshly mind” or “a mind of the flesh’s”, and the capitalized version keeps it all together. You can decide.

Because of course the point is that thinking about fleshly things–those things which are temporary or of evil inclination–will only eventually lead to what happens to all flesh: death. But the spiritual is not temporary, Paul says, and thinking about things that are spiritual, or being controlled by the Spirit, leads us into those eternal things, such as love and peace. Love engenders love; peace begets peace.

I am reminded that Jesus said that the seed of his flesh had to die and be buried so that eternal life could be enjoyed by us. In this passion week, think on, and be grateful for, the gift of Jesus’s flesh, which gives us life.