In this closely argued passage, Paul ends with a startling name for God – Dada. Abba is one of the first words a Jewish baby would say, just as ours say Dada. I find this a challenge to the distance and indifference of my own heart. I find my deceitful heart telling me that it is safer to keep God at a distance.
“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.”
Paul has many if-then-else binary statements in this passage, and the above is a hard word of warning to us.
But also it is comforting.
There is only one way! Our minds must be set on the Spirit, and that can only happen through Jesus.
“… The Spirit is life because of righteousness.”
This is only because of Jesus!
The fleshy-mind cannot submit to God’s law, it cannot please God.
But if our minds are in the Spirit, heirs with Christ, putting to death the deeds of the body – Then this amazing truth applies – We can please God!
* Gracious Father,
Thank You that in Jesus we have Your Spirit, in Him and only Him.
Thank You for this simple but unshakable truth, and for the hope it brings. We do not need to concern ourselves with many different possibilities of how to please You.
There is only Jesus, only Your Spirit.
Thank You LORD!