Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Which Army Are You In? (Romans № 21 Part 2)

"For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God." (Rom 8.5-8 ESV)

Several weeks ago I stopped by the side of the road and took some photos.


Here's a picture of the actual kitchen.


This was the place where Union forces were fed before they and Confederates blasted away at each other. The Civil War wasn't pretty. (We Mountaineers were still part of Virginia at the time of the battle. President Lincoln accepted our secession into the Union in 1863. And, no, I'm not a Virginian, I'm a West Virginian!)

The war between those of the flesh and those of the Holy Spirit isn't pretty, either. It's not a civil war because we are of two different kingdoms: the Domain of Darkness and the Kingdom of God's Beloved Son.

Of course, I'm not speaking of actual, physical war but, rather, a clashing of two ideologies, of two different values and priorities. We're not on the same page. As politically incorrect as it is to say, look at the last verse in our passage under consideration:

"Those who are in the flesh cannot please God." (Rom 8.8 ESV)

That's right, no sinner pleases the Trinity. Not a single one. Ever. As Clarke states in his Commentary:

"Cannot please God - Because of the rebellious workings of this principle of rebellion and hatred. And, if they cannot please God, they must be displeasing to him; and consequently in the broad road to final perdition."

Sinners don't please God. They're going to hell. They need to be saved and become those according to the Holy Spirit. They need to secede and become a citizen in the Kingdom of God's Beloved Son.