My Sin...and “The Things of the Spirit”

Artwork for Flying Closer to the Flame

We have become intrigued by some things that have seldom been addressed. All of them are related to the presence and the work of the Holy Spirit. Our interest has been intensified first by Jesus’ comment: “He who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father” (John 14:12). Second, our observation of the changed lives of the original apostles has also heightened our curiosity. Though once troubled, intimidated, confused, and weak men, they emerged as remarkably (and permanently!) transformed individuals, once the Spirit of God invaded their lives at Pentecost. Paul, in his magnificent treatment of the believer’s struggle with sin in Romans 7, opens a window of light in Romans 8 as he introduces the importance of setting our minds on “the things of the Spirit.” Could this be one of the secrets to the missing “dynamic” in our lives?