5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so … (Romans 8).
“Flesh” or “Spirit” / “death” or “life” / “hostility” (enemy) or friend. In the end, all our choices just boil down to these — not much in between, is there? We think so much in terms of shades of the flesh or shades of the Spirit, but there are as many shades between those two as there are between life and death — none. No one can be both alive and dead at the same time. Zombies just don’t exist, either physically or spiritually. Our minds simply cannot any more be “set” on two opposite things at once than a coffee machine can be both on and off at the same time.
This is what is meant by 1 John 3:9 — “No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
Now, from God’s perspective, in the rebirth our hearts have been permanently “set” on Christ, so we do not “practice sin”, meaning we don’t consciously abide in sin. But even when a glitch in the system occurs (we stumble into sin), a corrective reboot also occurs to get us back on the right track.
Lord, thank You for our rebirths and our reboots! Help us to walk through This Day looking like people who are indeed “according to the Spirit”. Amen.