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Monday | 16 July 2018
Let this mind be in you

The state of our mind, whether we are carnally-minded or spiritually-minded, certainly affects our lives and relationships. We read in the book of Romans that to be carnally-minded is death, but to be spiritually-minded is life and peace. Rom 8:6-7. Those who are carnally-minded try to deal with their offence and complaint by leaning upon their own understanding and the way they see things. Those who are spiritually-minded don’t do this. They rely upon the mind of Christ. They relate to everyone and everything that they encounter in life only through Christ. This is, in fact, the true meaning of baptism.

The apostle Paul wrote, ‘Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.’ Php 2:5. The promise of God toward us is that, when we receive and accept the mind of Christ, we will have in us the knowledge that belongs to His mind. Then we will know, in the midst of all circumstances, that everything we experience is working together for our good. Rom 8:28. This is why Paul wrote, ‘Let His mind be in you’. It was because Paul wanted us to have the knowledge that belongs to Christ.

Paul further wrote that Christ Himself is our peace. He has broken down that which separates us, and has put enmity to death in His flesh. He did this so that we may be reconciled to God. Paul wrote that the carnally-minded person is at enmity against God. They do not subject themselves to the will of God, but neither can they, for they are weak through the flesh and have no capacity to do so. Eph 2:15. Rom 8:7. We can say, then, that to be ‘spiritually-minded’ is to have the mind of Christ and His capacity to do the will of God. This is what it means to be spiritual.


Further Study:
Philippians 2
Daily Proverb:

References:

Rom 8:6-7
For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

Php 2:5
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.

Rom 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Eph 2:14-15
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace.
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