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Romans 8:5

    Romans 8:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For they that are after the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For those who are living in the way of the flesh give their minds to the things of the flesh, but those who go in the way of the Spirit, to the things of the Spirit.

    Webster's Revision

    For they that are after the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

    World English Bible

    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, the things of the Spirit.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the spirit the things of the spirit.

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 8:5

    For they that are after the flesh - And here is the great distinction between Jews and genuine Christians: the former are after the flesh - are under the power of the carnal, rebellious principle; and consequently mind, προνουσιν, relish, the things of the flesh - the things which appertain merely to the present life; having no relish for spiritual and eternal things.

    But they that are after the Spirit - They who are regenerated, who are born of the Spirit, being redeemed from the influence and law of the carnal mind; these relish the things of the Spirit - they are spiritually minded, and pass through things temporal, so as not to lose the things which are eternal. And this, which in these apostolic times distinguished between the carnal Jew and the spiritual believer in Christ, is the grand mark of distinction between the nominal and the real Christian now. The former is earthly minded, and lives for this world; the latter is spiritually minded, and lives for the world to come.

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 8:5

    For they that are after the flesh - They that are under the influence of the corrupt and sinful desires of the flesh; Galatians 5:19-21. Those who are unrenewed.

    Do mind the things of the flesh - They are supremely devoted to the gratification of their corrupt desires.

    But they that are after the Spirit - Who are under its influence; who are led by the Spirit.

    The things of the Spirit - Those things which the Spirit produces, or which he effects in the mind, Galatians 5:21-23. This verse is for the purpose of illustration, and is designed to show that the tendency of religion is to produce as entire a devotedness to the service of God as people had before rendered to sin; that is, that they Would be fully engaged in that to which they had devoted themselves. As the Christian therefore, had devoted himself to the service of the Spirit, and had been brought under his influence, it was to be expected that he would make it his great and only object to cherish and cultivate the graces which that Spirit would produce.

    Wesley's Notes on Romans 8:5

    8:5 They that are after the flesh - Who remain under the guidance of corrupt nature. Mind the things of the flesh - Have their thoughts and affections fixed on such things as gratify corrupt nature; namely, on things visible and temporal; on things of the earth, on pleasure, (of sense or imagination,) praise, or riches. But they who are after the Spirit - Who are under his guidance. Mind the things of the Spirit - Think of, relish, love things invisible, eternal; the things which the Spirit hath revealed, which he works in us, moves us to, and promises to give us.

    Verses Related to Romans 8:5

    1 Corinthians 6:18 - Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
    1 John 2:16 - For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
    1 Corinthians 6:13 - Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
    Book: Romans
    Topic: Lust