Those Led By The Sinful Nature: Romans 8:5


Romans 8:5-9 

Charles e. Whisnant, January 08 2012

FOR: hoi gar:

It will usually be a term of conclusion and you will be forced to read the prior context to understand what is being explained.


Romans 8:12-13, John 3:6; I Corinthians 15:48; 2 Corinthians 10:3; 2 Peter 2:10;

  • For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh (Amplified)
  • Those who live by the corrupt nature have the corrupt nature’s attitude (GWT)
  • Those who live as their human nature tells them to, have their minds controlled by what human nature wants. (GNT)
  • Those who live following their sinful selves think only about things that their sinful selves want. (NCV)
  • For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh (NET)
  • Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires (NIV)
  • Those who are living by their natural inclinations have their minds on the things human nature desires (NJB)
  • Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things (NLT)
  • For if men are controlled by their earthly natures, they give their minds to earthly things (Weymouth)
  • For those who are habitually dominated by the sinful nature put their minds on the things of the sinful nature (Wuest)


Are (5607) (ontes)

  • Is in the present tense indicating that this is the general pattern of their life (their lifestyle) or habitual practice


  • In short Paul is describing an unbeliever, devoid of the Spirit. An unbeliever orders his or her behavior in such a way that it is dominated or controlled by the flesh, the Sin nature inherited from Adam which gives the unregenerate their propensity to commit sins.

DO or SET(there)   MIND to (THE THINGS ) (5426) (phroneo from phren = literally the diaphragm and thus that which curbs or restrains.

  1. Figuratively, mind is the supposed seat of all mental and emotional activity) refers to the basic orientation, bent, and thought patterns of the mind, rather than to the mind or intellect itself (that is the Greek word nous).
  2. Includes a person’s affections and will as well as his reasoning.
  3. Vine writes that phroneo means…

“to think,” “to form a judgment”; but in the New Testament never merely “to hold an opinion,” always it is contemplated that action will be taken upon the judgment formed, implies moral interest or reflection, not mere unreasoning opinion.

Note that “do or set…mind” is in the present tense in this passage which depicts this as one’s the continual practice or mindset.  The object of their thinking and striving is fleshly. Their mind is continually regulated by the flesh. These are unbelievers whose basic disposition is to satisfy the cravings of their unredeemed flesh. They obey the impulses of the flesh. They live to gratify the desires of the corrupt nature. They cater to the body, which in a few short years will return to dust.

That there are two exactly opposite principles, two utterly opposed standards of life, to be considered. They who are after (according to) the flesh – that is, the unsaved – are dominated by the fleshly nature. They “mind the things of the flesh.”

  •  In these terse words the entire life of the natural man is summed up. In blessed contrast to this, those who live according to the Spirit of God – saved men and women – characteristically mind the things of the Spirit.
  •  Parenthetically Paul explained, the minding of the flesh is death, that is its only legitimate result; but the minding of the Spirit is life and peace. He who is thus Spirit-controlled is lifted onto a new plain where death has no place and conflict is not known. (Ironside, H. Romans).
    • “But the natural man, receive not the things of the Spirit of God, but they are foolosihness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (judged.)”
    • A natural mind – governed by sensual appetites and living apart from the Spirit of God) man(born into Adam and not regenerated in Christ = still “in Adam”, not “in Christ“) does not (ou = absolute negation!) accept(dechomai = deliberately and readily, receive kindly, they do notput out a welcome mat”! = present tense) the things of the Spirit of God (because the Truth of God given by the Spirit calls for a decision – “Am I going to continue to do it my way or God’s way?”); for they are foolishness (moria = that which is considered intellectually weak, irrational.  From “moros” dull, stupid >”moronic” = same word is used to describe the Gentiles who are perishing) to him, and he cannot (dunamai = present tense = have intrinsic power – natural men lack the inner, inherent ability and resources on their own to = absolutely lacks the inherent, internal enablement to) understand (ginosko = know by experience) them, because they are spiritually appraised(Sanakrino =  sift up and down and so to scrutinize, to examine accurately and carefully with exact research like in legal processes). (1 Corinthians 2:14)



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