In our previous study we considered the rewards of our service here on earth and the believer’s nature and state of being. Today we will re-visit some of these areas because of their continued importance to the true believer.
It is important for the believer to understand that his/her mind is to be renewed (ananeousthai), which means to be made new, readjusted, changed, turned around, and regenerated.
A. The mind of man has been affected by sin. It desperately needs to be renewed. The mind is far from perfect. It is basically worldly, that is…
- centered on this world
- centered on the flesh
- centered on this life
Scripture is clear about the corruption of man’s mind. The human mind has been tragically corrupted by man’s selfishness and sin. Man’s mind:
- man has become vain, empty, and futile in imaginations.
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:21).
- man has become reprobate.
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (Romans 1:28).
- man has become carnal and full of enmity against God.
“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Romans 8:7).
- man has become blinded by Satan lest he believe the glorious gospel of Christ.
“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Corinthians 4:4).
- man has become FULL of vanity, futility, emptiness.
“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk [live] not as other Gentiles walk [live], in the vanity of the mind” (Ephesians 4:17).
- man has become focused upon earthly things.
“For many walk [live], of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly, things” (Philippians 3:18-19).
- man has become alienated from God and is an enemy to God.
“And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled” (Colossians 1:21).
- man has become fleshly.
“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,” (Colossians 2:18).
- man has become defiled.
“Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled” (Titus 1:15).
B. The mind is renewed by the presence of Christ in the life of the believer. When a person receives the Lord Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior, the man is spiritually…
- born again (John 3:3-8; I Peter 1:23).
- made a into a new man (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10).
- made into a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17).
- given the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:8-16).
What this means is a most wonderful truth, and it is easily seen. When a person receives the Lord Jesus Christ, he receives the mind of Christ as well.
- Christ places His mind into the believer’s mind; that is, Christ changes the believer’s mind to focus upon God.
- Whereas the believer’s mind used to be centered upon the world, it is now centered upon spiritual matters.
- The believer’s mind is renewed, changed, turned around, and regenerated to focus upon God.
- However, it is critical to remember that ONLY Christ can renew the human mind.
- Only Christ can implant THE MIND OF CHRIST within a person.
- Only Christ can give a person His thoughts and the spirit to LIVE OUT His thoughts.
C. The believer is to live a TRANSFORMED LIFE; that is, he is to walk [live] day by day RENEWING HIS MIND MORE AND MORE. He is to allow the Spirit of Christ (the Holy Spirit) to focus his mind more and more upon God and spiritual things.
- The believer is to love the Lord with ALL his mind.
“Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with ALL thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind’ ” (Matthew 22:37).
- The believer is to keep his mind upon spiritual things, not carnal things.
“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. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Romans 8:5-6).
- The believer is to CAST DOWN IMAGINATIONS AND EVERY THOUGHT THAT INTERRUPTS his knowledge of God and to captivate EVERY THOUGHT for Christ.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
- The believer is not to let his mind be corrupted.
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3).
- The believer is not to fulfill the desires of the flesh and of the mind.
“Among whom also we ALL had our conversation in times past in the lust of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others” (Ephesians 2:3).
- The believer is not to walk [live] as the world walks[lives], in the vanity of their mind.
“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,” (Ephesians 4:17).
- The believer is to be renewed in the spirit of his mind.
“And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;” (Ephesians 4:23).
- The believer is to let the mind of Christ be in him by walking [living] humbly before God and men.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” (Philippians 2:5).
- The believer is to think only upon the things of praise and virtue.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
- The believer is to live by the laws of God which God has put into his mind.
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; ‘I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:’ ” (Hebrews 8:10).
- The believer is to arm himself with the same mind as Christ in bearing suffering.
“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;” (I Peter 4:1).
Before we get back into Revelation 14:13, let’s move a little deeper in our study of the new man in Christ.
- The new man is a man who has been regenerated, renewed, born again, and has become spiritually minded.
- It is a new man created by Christ; he has been given a holy nature and incorruptible life.
- His new life is opposed to the old man with a corrupt nature. It is a man who is:
+in fellowship with God.
+obedient to God’s will.
+devoted to God’s service.
There are two Greek words translated by the English word new.
- There is the word NEOS which refers to something new that has just been made, but there are already many others existing just like it.
- There is the word KAINOS which refers to something new, something just made and there is nothing like it in existence. KAINOS is the word used here.
Jesus Christ makes a NEW MAN ENTIRELY–a creation unlike any other creation existing. The Gentile believer is not made into a Jew; neither is a Jewish believer made into a Gentile.
NOTE: Each, through the Lord Jesus Christ, is made into A NEW KIND OF PERSON – a NEW MAN IN GOD.
Every person can begin life all over again; every person can have a new beginning, a new life, by coming to Jesus Christ and accepting Him as God, as Savior and Lord.
GOOD QUESTION: How is this possible? By the power of God. When a person believes in God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ–he really believes and entrusts his life into the hands of Jesus Christ–God creates the spirit of the person in righteousness and true holiness.
God takes the FAITH of the person and CREDITS IT AS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF JESUS CHRIST. God actually credits the person’s faith AS THE PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HOLINESS OF JESUS CHRIST.
Therefore, the person stands before God in the righteousness and holiness of Jesus Christ. But note: this is not all that He does. He does more marvelous things for the believer–all having to do with creating the believer into a new person.
- God quickens the spirit of the believer and makes his spirit alive. Whereas the believer’s spirit was dead to God, God creates it and makes it alive to God.
- God causes the believer to be born again.
- God actually places His divine nature into the heart of the believer.
- God actually creates a new man out of the believer.
- God renews the believer by the Holy Spirit.
Finally, let’s take up again the believer’s rewards dealing with our Nature or State of Being that we had studied previously:
The believer is given eternal rest and peace (Hebrews 4:9; Revelation 14:13).
The believer is given the blessings of the Lord (Proverbs 10:22).
The believer is given the knowledge of Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:8).
The believer is given durable riches and righteousness (Proverbs 8:18).
The believer is made a priest (Revelation 20:6).
The believer is given a crown of incorruption (I Corinthians 9:25).
The believer is given a crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8).
The believer is given a crown of life (James 1:12).
The believer is given a crown of glory (I Peter 5:4).
If you have considered John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13 and want to be saved, you can be by following the Scriptures:
“For God so loved the world [you] that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever BELIEVES in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and [truly] believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation…For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. (Romans 10:9-13).
Once you have repented of your sins and confessed Jesus as your savior you now have God’s free gift of Salvation (see Ephesians 2:8-9). Further you now can work for the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:10). Remember, “walk” means to “live.”
Further, God has given you His “free” gift of salvation and has placed the Holy Spirit in you and He will continue to live in you until you are totally and completely redeemed. Now He Hlives in you and guarantees that you CANNOT lose your salvation (Ephesians 1:12-14).
Now since you have accepted Christ as your Savior you have many more blessings like:
- you can go to God in prayer.
- you can read and understand the Bible.
- you can have fellowship with other Christians.
- you can now serve the true and living God.
From now on, seek to live in such a way that in every part of your life you declare the praise of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light of salvation.
Let us know if you have made a commitment to follow Christ. We’d love to hear from you.
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