12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

Romans 8:12-13

It’s hard to believe I’ve been at this a week now. One week ago I woke up in New Jersey, just a 15 minute shuttle ride from Times Square, where the day before I spent fifteen hours standing in the cold for New Year’s Eve festivities. I also spent many hours reading in the cold, and saying hi to the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Julianne Hough, and Carson Daly–in the cold. Now I write from Washington, D.C., having moved here over the weekend to start an internship on Capitol Hill. Time really does fly, and the seasons really do pass us by. And yet–the words from Romans 8 continue to captivate people all over the world, nearly two millenia after they were written. And, frankly, some of that is a little confusing. I mean, look at the construction of the two verses above. It’s easy to get lost; it’s easy to lose sight of where Paul wants us to go. But we shouldn’t be excused from trying to decipher it.

Memory Technique

Hey, I’ve already mentioned Gronk in this blog post. I may as well take advantage of football players some more: Calling Tim Tebow!

12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.

Take the bold letters, and what do we get? That’s right, “TBO-NFL,” pronounced “Tebow, NFL.” If you need a crash course on Tim Tebow, just watch a youtube clip of him against the Steelers in an overtime wildcard playoff game. He broke my heart, but he’s a pretty stand up guy otherwise.

Now, do you think it’s ridiculous that we’re associating Tebow with the NFL again? Well, if you laugh, you die. . .at least according to the second half of our mnemonic.

13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will diebut if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

See? IYLAF + you will die stands for “If you LAF , you will die.” Let’s continue:

“But if you pack my bags, you will live.”

Ok, try not to laugh here:

“TBO-NFL. If you laugh, you will die. But if you pack my bags, you will live.” = Romans 8: 12-13.

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