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To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
—Revised Standard Version of the Bible
To center attention on the things of Spirit instead of the flesh or the world is a frequent New Testament charge. Christ Jesus tells his disciples, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63, citation 10). And Paul restates this theme in II Corinthians 10:3–5 (citation 14) and Galatians 5:16.
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Resources cited in this issue
GT: Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved; Mays, James Luther, et al., eds. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Vol. 32, Romans. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1982–.
Cit. 10: Barker, Kenneth L., John R. Kohlenberger, Verlyn Verbrugge, and Richard Polcyn. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004; Hindson, Edward E., and Dan Mitchell. Zondervan King James Version Commentary: New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010.
Cit. 12: The Message, copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson. Used by permission of NavPress, represented by Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.
Cit. 14: Blue Letter Bible. “Greek Lexicon :: Strong’s G3053—logismos.” See blueletterbible.org.
Cit. 18: Spence-Jones, Henry Donald Maurice, Joseph S. Exell, and Edward Mark Deems, eds. The Pulpit Commentary. London, 1880–1909. Also available at biblehub.com/commentaries.
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