Flesh is Death, Spirit is Life and Peace: Which Will You Choose?

Tonight,  I was represented with a choice. Either I could choose good and choose life in Christ and choose to have a great future relationship with my future wife. Or I could choose evil and choose perversion and choose confusion. But one thing that hadn’t become clear until now: There is no middle ground. The flesh is death, but the Spirit is life and peace. 


Throughout my life I have tried to balance my life between the “good” life and the “evil” life. It has been almost like a jekyl and hyde kind of deal. Just depending on “who” I was that day, or how I felt, one of those two egos would show up. But should it be that way? Should we be content with having both, while at the same time, this brings great confusion to our personality, character, thoughts, and actions?

The answer to this question is laid out straightforward in Matthew 6:24:

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other”  (Matthew 6:24).

We are given a choice as humans: Do we choose God and life, or do we choose evil and death. There is no middle ground. And I for one am tired of living confused by my own thoughts and desires. With each choice, comes huge distinctions and differences:

“The mind governed by the flesh is death, 
  but
 the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6).  


FLESH:
                                                                                   
1. Mind set on the fleshly desires (8:5).
2. Death (8:6). 
3. Hostile to God (8:7). 
4. Cannot submit to God’s Law (8:7)
5. Those in the Realm of the Flesh, cannot please God. 
6. Do not belong to Christ if they are in the realm of the flesh (8:9)



                                                                                                                    SPIRIT:

                                                                                              1. Mind set on what Spirit desires (vs. 5). 
                                                                                              2. Life and Peace (vs. 6). 
                                                                                              3. God lives in You (vs. 9). 
                                                                                              4. You have life (vs. 10).
                                                                                              5. Children of God (vs. 14). 
                                                                                              6. Coheirs with Christ (vs. 17). 
                                                                                      7. Are earthly suffering bring glory to God (8:19)
                                                                                      8. Can’t be separated from God’s love (8:38-39).                                                                                                             
Clearly, there is a massive difference, at least in the eyes of Paul, between the flesh and the Spirit. But do these other desires go away completely before the redemption of our earthly bodies in heaven?                                                   
Paul went on to say in Romans 7, that this other desire, is still there, no matter what choice we make:

For in my inner self I joyfully agree with God’s law. But I see a different law in the parts of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and taking me prisoner to the law of sin in the parts of my body” (Romans 7:22-23). 

Paul appeals to his own depravity in this fleshly body and cries out for resolution for this problem:

“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this dying body?” (Romans 7:24).

But Paul offers hope, twice:

First in Romans 7:

“I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I myself am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh, to the law of sin” (Romans 7:25). 


And again in Romans 8:


“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to futility—not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it—in the hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom of God’s children. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. And not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits—we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. Now in this hope we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience” (Romans 8:18-25). 

We will always have this desire to do evil. We were born with it. But we don’t have to give into it. Either you choose life and peace through the Spirit, or you choose sin and death through the flesh. Its your choice. Choose wisely. But remember, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. 




Blessings,
Joseph. 

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