5 For [gar] they that are [on] after [kata] the flesh [sarx] do mind [phroneo] the things [ho] of the flesh [sarx]; but [de] they that are after [kata] the Spirit [pneuma] the things [ho] of the Spirit [pneuma]. KJV-Interlinear
5 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 set their minds on the things of the Spirit. ESV
As we saw in the last verse, living according to the flesh, refers to a person who lives outside the spiritual requirements of the spiritual life. In other words, they do not confess their sins, they do not learn Bible doctrine by means of a daily instruction, they simply do not follow the spiritual requirements as laid out in the Bible.
The phrase living according to the spirit, or as stated, they that are after the spirit, refers to believers in Christ, who confess their sins on a regular basis in order to live inside the fellowship sphere, who pursue a daily study in Bible doctrine by means of instruction, and therefore gain an understanding of the spiritual life, and consequently grow up in their spiritual life, fulfilling their purpose in life as God intends.
Living according to the flesh, simply means you disregard all of those spiritual things. People may pretend to be obedient or spiritual, but in reality they are not.
Living according to the spirit, is a simple phrase that describes a functioning spiritual life of the believer in Jesus Christ.
Study [by instruction],
to show thyself approved [spiritually mature]
a workman [student]
that need not be ashamed [ignorant],
rightly dividing [learning, understanding, discerning]
the word of truth [Bible doctrine].
If you can dream and not make dreams your master,
If you can think and not let thoughts narrow your views,
If you can meet triumph with disaster equally,
If you can learn and see your full meaning and purpose in life,
Then you can believe in Christ, learn Bible doctrine, and grow far beyond the potential that God has prepared for you.
These studies, are a part of the massive daily study web site at DailyBibeStudy.Org, that is easily accessible, and are written, so that you can come to Christ if you have not done so already, and therefore not be lost forever.
And if you have already believed in Christ, then these studies are written so you can learn and understand and grow in your spiritual life, so that you can come to the full knowledge of Christ, so that you can fulfill your meaning and purpose in life as God intended for you, and so you can qualify for a phenomenal eternal reward which you will have forever.
To ignore this opportunity to pursue a daily study means you will be incomplete, unfulfilled and you will lose out, big time.
The Daily Bible Study is online, making it possible as never before in all of human history, to advance in ones relationship with God, through Christ, and to complete yourself beyond your imagination.
But you have to decide to make that commitment. No one else can study for you. You have to do that yourself.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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