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The Carnal Mind
versus the Mind of Christ
Carnal Mind versus the Mind of Christ
A. Carnal Mind
The carnal mind is the mind of the flesh.
It means walking according to reasoning dictated by what your
five senses (see, hear, touch, smell, feel) are telling you.
Your senses are not reliable guides, because they are often
contradicting what the Word of God says.
Carnal or flesh is the Greek word "sarx" (456l - Greek) meaning
external, human nature, body.
Romans 8:6,7 gives more insight about the carnal mind.
a. The carnal mind is death (verse 6).
b. The carnal mind is enmity (hostility, hatred) against God; it is not
subject to the law of God nor can it be (verse 7).
1 Corinthians 3:1-3 gives additional understanding of the meaning
a. If you are carnal, you are not spiritually mature, but you are a
Christ (verse 1).
b. Carnal people are not able to receive solid food, but only milk
1. Hebrews 5:13 tells us that those who partake of only milk are
unskilled in the word of righteousness, because they are babes.
2. 1 Peter 2:2 says "As newborn babes, desire the pure milk
Word, that you may grow thereby." When we are first born
are like newborn babies, who can only tolerate milk.
Likewise in the
Spirit, when we are new in the things of the Lord,
we start out with the
milk of the Word. But notice the last three
words of that verse - may
grow thereby. The milk is intended
to start you growing. We are not
supposed to remain babies, but
rather we are to grow up in all
things into Him, Who is the head
- Christ (Ephesians 4:15) and
become His flesh body in the
c. Carnal people walk in envy, strife, and division, behaving like
(walking according to man) (verse 3).
2 Corinthians 10:4: "For the weapons of our warfare are not
carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds."
a. Our weapons of warfare are not carnal (of the flesh).
b. Our weapons are mighty through God for pulling down
c. 1 Timothy 6:12a: "Fight the good fight of faith." This is the
ONLY fight a
Christian ever has! Our fight is NOT with the devil. He
has already been
Colossians 2:15: "And having spoiled principalities and powers, He
made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it."
1 John 3:8: "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil
from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God
that He might destroy the works of the devil."
Hebrews 2:14,15: "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of
flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same;
through death He might destroy him that had the power of death,
is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were
lifetime subject to bondage."
d. What is the good fight of faith?
1. It is understanding and receiving our position in Christ.
2. It is submitting to God and resisting the devil. "Therefore
God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." (James
a. Submit to God. He is your Father; yield to His Spirit.
b. Resist the devil. 1 Peter 5:9 says to resist the devil steadfast
1. In the faith - in our position in Him using His faith.
2. Resist him with the Word of God. Jesus is our example in Luke
4:1-13 and Matthew 4:1-11. These scriptures refer to Jesus in
wilderness and being tempted by the devil. He resisted him
what was written in the Word of God.
Romans 8:8: "So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please
a. The word please means to be agreeable with. When we walk in the
flesh, we cannot be in agreement with God and His Word. Amos 3:3
says, "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?"
Romans 8:9a: "But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if
indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you."
a. If you have accepted Christ, then you are born again and God's
says you are not in the flesh. God says you are in the Spirit
if His Spirit
dwells in you.
b. Father God wants us to change minds. Reckon our carnal mind dead
(Romans 6:11) and use His - the mind of Christ. That is why He gave
to us so we could think like Him and live in victory.
B. The Mind of Christ
The mind of Christ is exactly what it says - it is HIS mind. When
we were born again, we were given this mind (1 Corinthians 2:16).
The mind of Christ is also known as the mind of the Spirit
a. It is life and peace.
b. This mind reveals to us the great things God has in store for us.
it is written, eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither have
the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared
for them that love
Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His
Spirit; for the Spirit
searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of
God (1 Corinthians
c. The mind of Christ or the mind of the Spirit reveals to us what
freely given to us by God. "Now we received, not the spirit
of the world,
but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the
things that are
freely given to us of God (1 Corinthians 2:12)."
d. It enables us to spiritually discern the things of the Spirit of
"Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's
teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing
things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not
the things of the
Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him;
neither can he know
them, because they are spiritually discerned (1
When we accepted Christ as our Savior, 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells
us that we became a new creature in Christ Jesus. Jesus
Christ is the new creature; there is only ONE new creature and that
is Him. We become a new creature when we are put into Him.
a. At salvation, the Spirit baptizes us into the Body of Christ (1
12:13a: "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one
b. At salvation, God establishes and anoints us in Christ (2
1:21: "Now He which stablisheth us with you in Christ,
anointed us, is God").
c. This is how we receive His mind - we are put INTO HIM. Our old
died - the one with the carnal mind - and we were raised up with
We are seated together with Him in heavenly places
"And hath raised us up together, and made us sit
together in heavenly
places in Christ Jesus") and we use the SAME
mind as He does.
We are transformed by the renewing of our minds. "And be not
conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of
your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and
perfect will of God (Romans 12:2)."
a. The word transformed means to be changed and the word renewing
means freshness, new. We are changed from the life of the old man to
the life of the new man when we use His mind. We "exercise" His mind
by speaking (Proverbs 18:21 says death and life are in the power of
b. Colossians 3:10: "And have put on the new man, which is renewed
knowledge after the image of Him that created him." Jesus is the
man; He is the one with the renewed (fresh, new) mind. We
are to put
on (receive) Him and use His mind.
God's thoughts differ from man's thoughts.
a. "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My
says the Lord, "For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are My
ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your
(Isaiah 55:8, 9)."
1. The mind of Christ and the carnal mind are opposed to one
are not our thoughts (of the flesh).
2. His ways are not our ways (of the flesh). Proverbs 23:7a
says, "As a
man thinks in his heart, so is he." How you think is how
you will act.
If you allow your carnal mind to rule, your ways will
God speaks the end from the beginning.
a. "God gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not
though they did (Romans 4:17)".
b. "By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word
God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things
are visible (Hebrews 11:3)."
c. "Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the
things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I
do all my pleasure (Isaiah 46:10)."
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