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Apart From the Spirit

Kryptonite is a fictional material created by the writers of Superman. This crystalline material originated from the planet Krypton where Superman was born. Following Krypton’s explosion, pieces of Kryptonite gradually fell upon planet earth like meteorites. To an earthling Kryptonite was just a rock. However, this crystalline emits a unique radiation that weakens Superman. For human beings today, the sinful nature is our Kryptonite.

For as the human body apart from the spirit is lifeless, so faith apart from [its] works of obedience is also dead, James 2:26.

The New Testament is filled with advice from Jesus and warnings from apostles and former disciples. Jesus uses the analogy of a gardener in John 15:1-8 to stay connected to the Vine. Paul refers to a human nature in Galatians 5:16-21 which is like Superman’s Kryptonite. Meanwhile, the earthly brother of Jesus reflects upon his own life in the passage above when he drifted away from the Holy Spirit.

For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and[d]pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and[e]seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit, Romans 8:5.

The apostle Paul devotes an entire chapter to the consequences of living apart from God’s Spirit. Romans 8 serves as a series of Pros and Cons of what life will be like with and apart from the Holy Spirit. Depending upon your mindset when you wake up each morning will dictate how you will live. As Moses once said, choices have consequences, Deuteronomy 30:15-18. If you find yourself wavering toward the dark side, remember the words of 2 Peter 1:3-4 so you’ll be reunited with the Holy Spirit.

by Jay Mankus

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