The carnal mind is at enmity against,
or in hatred against, God’s will (Romans
Sin—enmity, jealousy, hatred, envy,
anger, covetousness, etc., dwells in the mind.
Sin first exists in the mind, then
takes place in the actions of the body.
The Great Controversy is between good
and evil; between truth and error, right and wrong.
The carnal mind is fit only for
destruction; it cannot be reconciled to God in any fashion and it
will be abolished.
God gave Himself for our sins (Galatians
This involved an exchange—He
exchanged Himself for our sins.
The carnal mind can be destroyed in one
of only two ways:
The destruction of the whole body
without possibility of resurrection or eternal life.
Or, within Christ as He took upon
Himself our nature with the possibility of falling.
God could have allowed Adam (and thus
the entire human race) to die when he sinned:
Would have been just because it
sustained the Law of God.
Grace permitted Adam to be placed on
probation when Christ immediately stepped between the sin and the
Was just because it sustained the
character of God.
Was just because Christ took the
punishment upon Himself as the Second Adam.
All humanity was in Adam when he
If he had died for his sin, then
all humanity would have died in him without resurrection or
All humanity was in Christ when He
Because He died as the Second Adam,
the human race’s debt to the Law is paid (2 Corinthians
Romans 5:15, 18).
Because He lives, the entire human
race is given life ( 2 Corinthians
Because Christ succeeded in overcoming
sin, He abolished the carnal mind in His flesh, then took that mind
to the Cross and crucified it, thus destroying it forever (Romans
We may have His mind as our own (Philippians