Posted February 20th, 2015
Posted December 30th, 2014
To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6
Does Paul intend to say by this verse that a Christian—a true believer—is never disturbed? Never anxious? Never struggling with the providential circumstances of life? Is it always like this for the Christian: that I must be carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease?
As I was preparing for a bible study on Romans eight recently I came across a discussion on this issue in William Hendriksen’s commentary.
One dark night somewhere near Bethlehem all heaven broke loose in the midst of stunned shepherds: “Glory to God in the highest, on earth, peace…” Happy Angel Armies heralded peace from heaven’s throne. Christ the Savior is born.
But where is this peace on earth?! Where? War in Afghanistan, the brutalities of ISIS in Syria, the atrocities of Boko Haram in Nigeria, racial and societal unrest gripping our nation in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown, the funerals of two New York Policemen executed as part of that unrest. Not to mention the pain of marital and family strife, or the anguish of internal sins that threaten to overwhelm.