The Spirit brings Life and Peace


In the post You Do What You Think, I submitted that when you focus on serving your flesh, you will sin (die); however, if you focus on serving the Spirit, you will live.

Once more, we turn to Romans 8 to give us more insight about the benefits of Walking in the Spirit. It is the Spirit of God who enables us to live the life Christ set for us to follow.

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. NIV
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, NASB

1 Timothy 5 gives us a real-life example of this. Paul compares two widows who respond to God differently based on how the widows relate to God. As one can imagine, a widow is attempting to provide for her family with the death of her husband. How will the widow provide for her family especially in a world not friendly to women? One draws near to God while the other withdraws. Drawing near to God is akin to having faith in our dependence on God. Likewise, withdrawing from God connotes a lack of dependence on God which stems from lack of faith. It is a dependence or reliance on something other than God.

Regardless, we see here that The Spirit brings Life and Peace whereas the flesh brings death just as Romans 8:6 tells us. Paul affirms that notion in Galatians 6:8 where he says “8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” (NASB) I want to make sure that we understand life in the context of eternal life. John 17:3 says, “ Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” Life comes from the union with God. Death is separation; separation from God if you will. Matthew Henry tells us the flesh or sin is “spiritual death, the certain way to eternal death. It is the death of the soul; for it is its alienation from God, in union and communion with whom the life of the soul consists.” Isaiah 59:2 tells us “But your iniquities (sin) have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.” (NASB)

We see that sin separates us from God which is death. Conversely, faith brings union or togetherness with God or simply – life. Eternal life is knowing God and Jesus Christ. Colossians 1:21 tells us that “21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemiesin your minds because of your evil behavior.” Before Christ, we are enemies with God. There is nothing about an enemy that communicates “peace“. How can an enemy be at peace with God? He can’t! This is why we need Christ. Romans 5:10 explains it. “10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”

When a person believes in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, he receives eternal life and no longer is an enemy with God because Christ reconciles which is to bring into agreement or harmony. We were not in agreement or harmony because of our evil behavior. It was our unwillingness and inability to live a life of righteousness not sin. This is how The Spirit brings Life and Peace to the believer. Do you have Life and Peace? If Jesus is not your Lord and Savior, you do not have life and peace with God.

 

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