Holman Christian Standard Bible
6 For the mind-set of the flesh(A) is death,(B) but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind-set of the flesh is hostile(C) to God because it does not submit itself to God’s law, for it is unable to do so. 8 Those who are in the flesh(D) cannot please God. 9 You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since[a] the Spirit of God lives in you.(E) But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ,(F) he does not belong to Him.Read full chapter
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English Standard Version
6 For to set (A)the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is (B)hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; (C)indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.Read full chapter
5-8 Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.
9-11 But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!Read full chapter