Spiritually or Carnally Minded?
- Date: May 25, 2010
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "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, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God." (Romans 8:6-8)
- From Friends
Are you free? "And ye shall know the truth," - - the truth, the Word - - "and the truth shall make you free" John 8:32. We know the Word. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God" (John 1:1-2). You see, He came into the world to save His own and they didn't know Him. Do you know the truth? As Paul is writing in Romans by the Spirit, he's telling us, "... to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity [the enemy of, in opposition to] against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, [and cannot] be. So then they that are in the flesh [or in the world, of the world's system] cannot please God" (Romans 8:6-8).
"[The worldly man,] ...the natural man [the carnal mind] receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (1 Corinthians 2:14) Do we really believe that this world's wisdom is foolishness? Look back at the first chapter of Corinthians, "Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believed" (1 Corinthians 1:20-21).
I like the way the King James says this. By the wisdom of God, He made it so that the world through their wisdom could not know Him. No matter how they look, they can't find God. You can only find Him through the Gospel, the cross, death to self, the burial and resurrection where He begins to make His heart and His will known to His own children. He says in the next chapter that these things are spiritually discerned and because of that, this world, the carnal mind, can't know the things of God. So everything the world is pouring into us constantly is foolishness; it's in opposition to God. It is the same thing that He says is going to happen after the rapture. He says in Thessalonians, "And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie" (1 Thessalonians 2:11). Many Christians are already given over to that same strong delusion as they have embraced the wisdom of this world. Believing they know God, believing they've heard from God but they are hearing from their own idols. It's their own ambitions; it's their own lusts. There is a cross to embrace - - a death to self-will, pride, ego, ambition - - that if we don't embrace to be crucified with Him, we will become a fool through the world's wisdom that will ultimately vex us like it did righteous Lot.