Working Out Our Salvation in Fear and Trembling

(Phil 2:12-13)  "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. {13} For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."

God's Purposes with Mankind

God placed mankind on the Earth to see if men and women would believe His words and obey Him, or whether they could be enticed to believe a lie and therefore doubt what He had said, and go on to offend Him. You can read about how this happened between God with Adam and Even in the Garden of Eden in Genesis chapter 3.

Over the many generations of men and women who have lived and died on the Earth since those days, God has been testing every individual to see if they would seek Him out and get to know Him.

(Psa 14:2-3)  "The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did UNDERSTAND, and SEEK God. {3} They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one."

(Phil 3:10-11)  "That I may KNOW him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; {11} If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead."

After the Rapture takes place, those Christians (i.e. the Foolish Virgins) who have been left-behind will appeal to Jesus in prayer begging to be let into Heaven (Matt 25:11-12) but Jesus will say:

(Matt 7:23)  "...I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."

It is my belief that when God walked in the cool of the day with Adam and Eve (Gen 3:8), that they each conversed together spirit-to-spirit and not by using their mouths. I further believe that after Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden, they could no longer communicate with God or each other 'spirit-to-spirit' because they were now "spiritually dead" (Gen 2:16-17). I base this claim on the fact that God said Adam and Eve would die the same day they broke His commandment about eating from the tree in the midst of the garden. If they didn't die spiritually that day, then in what manner did they die that day (Gen 5:5)?

As Adam and Eve were cursed by God before they had children, this means their curse carries down upon all of their descendants. Therefore every person born into this world is "spiritually dead" because we are all under this curse of our ancestors:

(Exo 20:5-6)  "...for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; {6} And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."

It is the purpose of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to spiritually awaken anyone who hears and responds to it, with the aim to have them become spiritually reborn into God's kingdom (John 3:1-8). This purpose of God is to re-establish the intimate spirit-to-spirit communication that He once enjoyed with Adam and Eve, which overcomes the curse Adam and Eve brought upon us through their sin.

Scripture says it is God the Father's desire that He personally teaches His children on the Earth the things He wants them to know.

(John 6:45)  "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught [personally] of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me."

If we can believe what the above scripture tells us, this means that salvation is CONDITIONAL upon people becoming born-again through a spiritual re-birth process, which then requires the individual Christian developing a personal and ongoing relationship with God the Father. Such a 'child of God' will learn those things that God the Father wants to teach him or her. He then expects His child to be spiritually obedient to what the Bible plainly states and to become a 'good and faithful servant in His in His kingdom here on Earth.

(John 3:5-7)  "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. {6} That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. {7} Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."

(Matt 25:21)  "His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."

Therefore, this article will endeavor to explain:

  1. What is the Gospel Plan
  2. The True Gospel of Jesus Christ
  3. A Hard Gospel?
  4. Can a Christian be Rejected by Christ?
  5. Christians must become spiritually minded.

The Gospel Plan

The true Gospel message is quite simple to detect if it is true or not.

First, the the archangel Lucifer (Ezek 28:14-16) became the first sinner to emerge from the angelic population in Heaven. At some point after He was cast to the Earth (Luke 10:18), God then created the eternal place called Hell that Lucifer (now called Satan) will spend eternity in because of His rebellion towards God:

(Isa 14:9-15)  "Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. {10} All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? {11} Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. {12} How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! {13} For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: {14} I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. {15} Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."

Scripture tells us that Hell was made for the Devil and his angels (Matt 25:41), and it is God's will that no man should end up in this place of eternal torment through acts of sin:

(2 Pet 3:9)  "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH [in Hell], but that all should come to repentance [from their sinful ways]."

Since God sent Jesus Christ to the Earth over 2011 years ago to become the only sin-bearing sacrificial Lamb (John 1:29) that provides the only blood atonement that God will accept as payment for modern man's sins, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been proclaimed throughout the world to anyone who hears, believes, receives it in faith and appropriates its purposes:

  • To become spiriitually "re-born" (John 3:3)
  • To establish spirit-to-spirit communication with our Creator, God the Father (John 6:45)
  • To become a disciple of Jesus Christ (Luke 14:26-27; Luke 14:33 )
  • To take up our own spiritual cross that Jesus has waiting for every Christian (Matt 10:38)
  • To to follow Him wherever He leads us in our new life in Him (Psalm 23:22-23; John 10:27-28)
  • To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to "all creatures" (Mark 16:15)
  • To teach other Christians to obey the Gospel of Christ (Rom 10:16) and obey His commandments (John 14:15)
  • To eliminate sin (the breaking of God's commendments) from our lives (1 John 3:4) through the process of confessing it, repenting of it and asking for forgiveness (1 John 1:9)
  • To become as "holy" as He (God) is holy (1 Peter 1:9) because without anyone achieving the required degree of holiness in his or her lifetime, their Christian faith will be worthless after they die (Heb 12:14).
  • To become as perfect as God the Father is perfect (Matt 5:48).
Second, the true Gospel of Jesus Christ is preached to people because faith comes by HEARING and then hearing from what has been said straight from scripture. If any other gospel message is preached that simply uses the words of a man and does not contain any Gospel scripture verses, then it is probably not the true Gospel.

(Rom 10:17)  "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

Third, the focal point of the Gospel MUST be that of SIN - which represents the breaking of God's divine law(s).

(1 John 3:4)  "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."

God has established laws that govern how people are to relate to Him and live together with each other on the Earth. He has determined that if people can live together according to His divine laws, then there is a good possibility they can live together with Him throughout eternity.

Some Christians believe the Law is no longer in effect (Rom 6:14) because Christ has done away with the Law (Rom 10:4). This is not correct, as Jesus said:

(Matt 5:17-18)  "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, BUT TO FULFIL [the purposes behind the Law]. {18} For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."

As an example of what Christ meant by "fulfilling" the law, in this He said:

(Matt 5:27-28)  "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: {28} But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."

The Apostle John emphasized this further by saying:

(1 John 3:15)  "Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him."

What Jesus and John are simply stating here is that hating someone else or looking upon another member of the opposite sex to lust after their body is not only a SIN - but such simple acts equate to either murder or adultery in Old Testament times. If any gospel message fails to mention the seriousness of sin in a person's life, then it is probably not the true Gospel.

Fourth, if the seriousness of SIN is first preached, then the requirement of personal REPENTANCE must also be preached - and emphasized!

If a sinner is let off lightly from truly repenting from his or her past sins and is not encouraged to repent from any future sins, then this is NOT the true Gospel being preached. In this, Jesus said:

(Luke 13:3)  "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."

Jesus was tempted throughout His entire lifetime on the Earth to commit just once act of sin (Heb 4:15). If He had succumbed to such a temptation, His entire mission to the Earth would have been squandered. Satan would have had the victory over Him if He had succumbed to just one small act of sin and we would be on our way to Hell.

(Heb 4:15)  "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."

Therefore, all new Christians must be instructed about the need to exercise ongoing repentance in their lives. This means that if a Christian commits an act of sin, he or she MUST confess that sin to the person offended AND to God, and then make a vow to repent from every repeating the same offense again. He or she should ask forgiveness from both the person offended and from God:

(1 John 1:9-10)  "If we confess our sins, he [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. {10} If we say that we have not sinned, we make him [God] a liar, and his word is not in us."

(Eph 4:28)  "Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth." This is the sign of the true act of repentance. Any sinner MUST be seen to living a changed life that others can witness, as being better (or different in charachter) than they were before.

(Luke 19:8)  "And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold." Here is another clear example of repentance - restoring four times that which was stolen!

It MUST be empathized here that nobody can afford to be a hypocrite regarding repentance. If we are sincerely sorry for our sins, then we will want to stop committing these sinful acts -because they are an offense to God. If we confess a sin and ask forgiveness and then continue to commit the same sinful act, then we are a hypocrite. In this, Jesus said to the Jewish hypocrites of His day:

(Matt 23:33)  "Woe to ye scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites - [Matt 23:14-15] Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?"

All sins must be fully repented of so that they no longer have influence over the individual Christian's life. It is God the Holy Spirit who reveals to us our sins. It is then up to us to stop sinning! Failure to do this will see such an offender reap the wrath of God the Father for bringing His Son's name into disrepute because of his or her sins.

(1 John 2:12)  "I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake."

Choosing to get rid of your sinful ways will change such a Christian into the image of Christ - a sinless lamb. As a Christian becomes more like Christ, less people will want to associate with him or her because of their newly acquired lamb nature. This is because people don't want the holiness, the righteousness and sinlessness of a child of God near them - so anyone who tries to become like Christ will suffer persecution for being Christ-like:

(Matt 5:10)  "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

(Gal 4:29)  "But as then he [the Christian] that was born after the flesh persecuted him [the born again Christian] that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now."

Summarizing, to be as perfect as God the Father is perfect (Matt 5:49) - that connot happen if a Christian still tolerates acts of sin in their life.


The Gospel of Jesus Christ

Therefore, the “Gospel message” taken to people throughout the world over the past 2,000-years is this:
 

  • All of mankind have sinned, and fallen short of bringing God any glory in their lives:

(Romans 3:23-25) "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  24  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  25  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through FAITH in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;"

  • All of mankind will pay a price for committing acts of “sin” against their Creator. If people choose to reject the blood of Jesus Christ over the past 2000 years to cover their sins, then they will pay that price with their own blood after they die.

"And I [the rich man in this parable] will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.  20  But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night THY SOUL shall be required of thee:" (Luke 12:19-20)

(Isa 53:12) "…because he [Jesus] hath POURED OUT HIS SOUL unto death [through the shedding of His blood]: and he was numbered with the transgressors [the other two thieves on their crosses]; and he bare the sin of many…"

Once we believe in our hearts the above statements about Jesus life and that His blood is the substitutionary sacrifice that He poured out for us on His cross at Calvary AND we are bold enough to speak such a statement before another person, then the Bible says the person who believes such a statement is “saved!”

(Rom 10:9-10) "That IF thou shalt:

  • CONFESS WITH THY MOUTH [publicly] the Lord Jesus [as your personal Savior], and
  • shalt BELIEVE IN THINE HEART that God hath raised him from the dead,
  • THOU SHALT BE SAVED.  10  For with the HEART man believeth unto righteousness; and with the MOUTH confession is made unto salvation."

At this point, there is every indication to beleieve that every Christian's name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life:

(Rev 21:27) "And there shall in no wise enter into it [the New Jerusalem city that God wants to reside in with His creation] ANY THING that defileth…but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life."
 

God Allows Temptation - to Prove His People

At some point after we are saved, God permits Satan to do the following things to us:

  • Tempt us to commit sin – thereby if we succumb as Adam and Eve did, we offend God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit with our ungodly behavior:

(Matt 4:3-4) "And when the tempter [Satan] came to him [Jesus]…But he [Jesus] answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by [physical] bread alone, but by EVERY WORD that proceedeth out of the mouth of God [ie. the ‘spiritual food’ that brings eternal life]."

(1 Cor 10:13-14)  "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. {14} Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry."

(James 1:13-16)  "Let no man say WHEN HE IS TEMPTED, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: {14} But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed [by Satan]. {15} Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. {16} Do not err, my beloved brethren."

  • Lie and deceive us – therefore getting us away from God’s will for our life:

(John 8:44) "…there is no truth in him [Satan]. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."

  • Satan often tells lies to Christians through his ‘ministers of religion.” The Bible refers to these people as “ministers of righteousness”:

(2 Cor 11:14-15) "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light [ie, one of God’s angels].  15  Therefore it is no great thing if his [Satan'sministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."

In the churches today, we have two distinctly different groups of Christians, as defined by Jesus.

(Matt 13:24) "Another parable put he [Jesus] forth unto them [His disciples], saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed [ie. wheat] in his field:  25  But while [Christian] men slept [spiritually speaking], his [Christ's] enemy [Satan] came and sowed TARES [or his 'weeds'] among the WHEAT, and went his way."

The 'wheat' are God’s people who love reading, studying the Bible and applying what they have learned to their life. From this, they change their lifestyle values from their old (wordly) ways to God’s 'new ways.' This change should not be confused with becoming religious, but can be associated with a 'baby' being “born” from this physical world into the spiritual world of God’s kingdom. Such an 'experience' allows such Christians to 'see' certain things in that kingdom that he or she could never see before the new birth took place.

The “Tares” (or “weeds”) in God’s kingdom of righteousness here on the Earth are those Christians who oppose what scripture plainly states and prefer to uphold 'religion' and its man-made traditions rather than Biblical truth. Jesus described such people as wolves in sheep’s clothing who endeavor to prevent Jesus’ sheep from following Him:

(Matt 7:15) "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in SHEEP'S CLOTHING, but inwardly they are ravening WOLVES."

Those Christians who represent “wheat” are made up of “Saved and Born-again” Christians. Sadly, only such Christians will be accepted by God for entry into Heaven. This is because God does not want mere spectators in His kingdom on the Earth, but those who have a heart like Him for the unsaved, the hurting and the ‘lost’ of this world to minister His love to them and to save their souls from Hell through the preaching of the Gospel:

(Luke 3:17) "…and he will…gather THE WHEAT into his garner; but the chaff [which is everything else that is not wheat] he [Jesus] will burn with fire unquenchable."

Therefore, Jesus is saying that in the churches today are two types of Christians – one group who is destined to “burn with fire unquenchable” because they prefer Satan's lies, rather than the other group who embrace and live their lives in accordance to the truths contained in scripture. Then there is another group that love God's words and desire to serve Him in faith.

Those not saved are the Tares, the False Prophets, Grievous Wolves and the Chaff: (Isa 66:23-24) “…from one sabbath to another, shall all [redeemed] flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.  24  And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the [sinful] men [women and children] that have transgressed against me: for their worm [i.e. their “spirit” and “soul” inside their resurrected body] shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh [as a warning to others NOT to sin in the New Jerusalem]."

The Wheat: (Mal 3:17) "… And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him."

A Hard Gospel?

Yes, this a hard Gospel message, because it should be told to more Christians every day that their salvation is NOT assurred.  The true Gospel of Jesus Christ has CONDITIONS attached to it such as:

HOLINESS: (1 Pet 1:16-17) "Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. {17} And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here [throughout your Christian lifetime] :"

(Heb 12:14-15)  "Follow peace with all men, and HOLINESS, without which no man shall see the Lord: {15} Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many [Christians] be defiled [spiritually];"

SINLESSNESS: (1 John 3:9-10)  "Whosoever is born of God DOTH NOT COMMIT SIN; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born [again] of God. {10} In this [the issue of sin being evident in a person’s life] the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother."  

(1 Cor 15:34)  "Awake to righteousness, and SIN NOT; for some [Christians] have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame."

(1 John 2:1)  "My little children [obviously written to Christians], these things write I unto you, THAT YE SIN NOT…"

(1 John 5:17-18)  "All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. {18} We know that whosoever is born [again] of God SINNETH NOT;but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself [from committing acts of sin], and that wicked one [Satan] toucheth him not [because he has overcome the sinful nature – Gal 3:27]."

(Ezek 18:20)  "The soul that sinneth, it shall die [eternally in the Lake of Fire – Rev 20:15]. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall beupon him."

PERFECTION: (Matt 5:48)  "Be ye therefore PERFECT, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."

(Matt 19:21)  "Jesus said unto him, IF THOU WILT BE PERFECT, GO and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me."

(Luke 6:40)  "The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master."

Twelve Characteristics of the Righteous - Psalm 15:

  1. They walk uprightly—without blame (Psalm 15:2).
  2. They work righteousness.
  3. They speak truth inwardly.
  4. They are free from backbiting (Psalm 15:3).
  5. They do no evil to neighbors.
  6. They receive no reproach about neighbors.
  7. They hold vile people condemned (Psalm 15:4).
  8. They honor them that fear the Lord.
  9. They keep word even to own hurt.
  10. They take no advantage of one in need to increase riches (Psalm 15:5).
  11. They refuse bribes.
  12. They protect the innocent.

Can a Christian be Rejected by Christ?

The Scriptures state most clearly that God will reject any Christian from entering into Heaven at their death if the following CONDITIONS are met:

NO HOLINESS (Heb 12:14):

(Heb 12:14-15) "Follow peace with all men, and HOLINESS, without which NO [Christian] MAN shall see the Lord:  15  Looking diligently lest any man FAIL OF THE GRACE OF GOD [provided to achieve perfection]; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; "

ALIVE TO SIN (Rom 6:2): 

(Heb 10:26-27) "For if we [the Christians] SIN WILFULLY after that we have received the knowledge of the truth [about NOT sinning in Christ's name], there remaineth NO MORE SACRIFICE [of the blood of Jesus] for [our] sins 27  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and FIERY INDIGNATION [from God Himself], which shall devour the adversaries [of Christ who fail to take heed and FEAR what He says about eliminating sin from your life]."

NO WORKS OF FAITH:

(Matt 5:16)  "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see YOUR GOOD WORKS, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

(2 Tim 3:16-17)  "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: {17} That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto ALL GOOD WORKS."

(Eph 2:10)  "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto GOOD WORKS, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

(James 2:26)  "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith [alone] without works [of faith initiated by God the Father and performed by His child on the Earth] is dead [faith] also."

NOT PERFECTED (Matt 5:48):

"Till we all come in the UNITY OF THE FAITH, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, UNTO A PERFECT MAN, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:… If any man offend not in word, the same is A PERFECT MAN, and able also to bridle the whole body."    (Eph 4:13; James 3:2)

NOT SPIRITUALLY 'SALTY':

(Matt 5:13) "Ye [Christians] are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour…it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be CAST OUT, and to be trodden under foot of men. "

NOT FAITHFUL (1 Cor 4:2):

(2 Tim 4:10) "For Demas [a previously good and faithful worker in spreading the Gospel – Philemon 1:24] hath forsaken me, HAVING LOVED [those things of] THIS PRESENT WORLD, and is departed unto Thessalonica;"

NOT SPIRITUALLY FRUITFUL (Matt 13:8-9):

(John 15:6) "If a [Christian] man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered [spiritually]; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned."

Therefore, the thrust of my message here is that the Bible is full of warnings provided by Jesus that every sincere Christian MUST WORK OUT THEIR OWN SALVATION IN FEAR AND TREMBLING (Phil 2:12).

Christians must become spiritually minded

The theme of this website is to "walk in the Spirit," which is summarized in the following passage of scripture.

(Rom 8:1-8)  "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. {2} For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. {3} For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: {4} That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

{5} For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. {6} For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. {7} Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. {8} So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God."

I suggest that if anyone does not fully understand what is meant by these terms, that they read some of the free articles on this website, or alternatively, contact me via email.

God bless,

Alan