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Romans 8:7 - The Carnal Mind

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Romans 8:7 — The Carnal Mind

To be carnally minded: To be under the dominion of the fleshly impulses of the body. (The People's New Testament)

Is not subject (ouch hupotassetai). Present passive indicative of hupotassō, late verb, military term for subjection to orders. Present tense here means continued insubordination. (Robertson's Word Pictures)

Originally to arrange under. Possibly with a shade of military meaning suggested by enmity. It is marshaled under a hostile banner. (Vincent's Word Studies)

Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  A reason and proof why the wisdom of the flesh is death: because, he says, it is the enemy of God. A reason why the wisdom of the flesh is enmity to God, because it neither wants to nor can be subject to him, and by flesh he means a man that is not regenerated. (Geneva Bible Translation Notes)

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, (NASB)

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (KJV)

For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God's laws, and it never will. (NLT)

because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. (NET)

It is the question of the dispositions and to whom they are subject.  Interestingly enough the word, hupotasso, is the same word used in Ephesians 5:21 where we are to "submit" (hupotasso) ourselves to one another out of reverence for Christ.  For those who have never served in the military, when one gives the distinction (as Robertson and Vincent have above), there is probably a shaded perception created.  Tasso means to arrange in an orderly manner and thus give purpose and utility to the word and further to the concept of subjection.  In the Ephesian passage, we do this out of reverence for Christ.  In the Roman passage, "does not subject (submit, obey)" (ouch hupotassetai) means that we remain "out of order" or "unarranged."  It is the Master's hand that must put us in tune with His will and plan.  And though we have two dispositions that can "lean toward," the fallen disposition may (Romans 7) be dominate until the spiritual disposition is in control.  If we confess that we are (of ourselves) unable to lean toward righteousness then that is the place of honesty where Christ will meet us to lead us and empower us.  The hostility is vanquished by the Peace of Christ.

Rom 1:28  Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, He abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. (NLT)

Rom 1:30  They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. (NLT)

Rom 5:10  For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son. (NLT)

Joh 7:7  The world can't hate you, but it does hate Me because I accuse it of doing evil. (NLT)

Eph 4:18-19  Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against Him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. (NLT)

Col 1:21  This includes you who were once far away from God. You were His enemies, separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions. (NLT)

2Ti 3:4  They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. (NLT)

Jas 4:4  You adulterers! Don't you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. (NLT)

1Jn 2:15-16  Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.  For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. (NLT)

Romans 8:7 — The Carnal Mind

To be carnally minded: To be under the dominion of the fleshly impulses of the body. (The People's New Testament)

Is not subject (ouch hupotassetai). Present passive indicative of hupotassō, late verb, military term for subjection to orders. Present tense here means continued insubordination. (Robertson's Word Pictures)

Originally to arrange under. Possibly with a shade of military meaning suggested by enmity. It is marshaled under a hostile banner. (Vincent's Word Studies)

Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  A reason and proof why the wisdom of the flesh is death: because, he says, it is the enemy of God. A reason why the wisdom of the flesh is enmity to God, because it neither wants to nor can be subject to him, and by flesh he means a man that is not regenerated. (Geneva Bible Translation Notes)

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, (NASB)

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (KJV)

For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God's laws, and it never will. (NLT)

because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. (NET)

It is the question of the dispositions and to whom they are subject.  Interestingly enough the word, hupotasso, is the same word used in Ephesians 5:21 where we are to "submit" (hupotasso) ourselves to one another out of reverence for Christ.  For those who have never served in the military, when one gives the distinction (as Robertson and Vincent have above), there is probably a shaded perception created.  Tasso means to arrange in an orderly manner and thus give purpose and utility to the word and further to the concept of subjection.  In the Ephesian passage, we do this out of reverence for Christ.  In the Roman passage, "does not subject (submit, obey)" (ouch hupotassetai) means that we remain "out of order" or "unarranged."  It is the Master's hand that must put us in tune with His will and plan.  And though we have two dispositions that can "lean toward," the fallen disposition may (Romans 7) be dominate until the spiritual disposition is in control.  If we confess that we are (of ourselves) unable to lean toward righteousness then that is the place of honesty where Christ will meet us to lead us and empower us.  The hostility is vanquished by the Peace of Christ.

Rom 1:28  Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, He abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. (NLT)

Rom 1:30  They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. (NLT)

Rom 5:10  For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son. (NLT)

Joh 7:7  The world can't hate you, but it does hate Me because I accuse it of doing evil. (NLT)

Eph 4:18-19  Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against Him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. (NLT)

Col 1:21  This includes you who were once far away from God. You were His enemies, separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions. (NLT)

2Ti 3:4  They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. (NLT)

Jas 4:4  You adulterers! Don't you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. (NLT)

1Jn 2:15-16  Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.  For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. (NLT)



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