Sunday, May 19, 2013

Having the Mind of Christ

Week 3: Having the Mind of Christ

Romans 12:2
Luke 5:16
Ephesians 2:1-3
Colossians 1:13
Zechariah 4:6
1 Corinthians 2:16
Isaiah 55:6-9     

Do we have the mind of Christ?     Yes     No

Romans 12:2 tells us not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed (changed) by the renewing of our mind.  What does that mean? 

Let's consider some areas where we think we are conformed to this world and how we could renew our minds in these areas.

How am I conformed to this world?                  How can I renew my mind so I  
                                                                         can  be transformed (changed)

How can I have the mind of Christ?

The only way to replace the error of the world's way of thinking is to replace it with God's truth, and the only infallible source of God's truth is found in his revealed word, the Bible.  Transformation (change) through renewed minds comes as believers expose themselves to God's Word in church, personal bible study, and group bible study.  A solid church that believes in preaching the Word, reading the Word, and singing the Word is invaluable in helping us to renew our minds.

There are no shortcuts.  There is no magical formula for renewing our minds.  We must fill our minds with God's word.  It requires a prayerful dependence on God.  (Luke 5:16) 

As unbelievers, we are naturally conformed to the world (Ephesians 2:1-3). As believers, we are no longer conformed to this world because we no longer belong to the spirit of this age. We have been translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s beloved Son (Colossians 1:13). Therefore, rather than continuing to conform to this world, we are to be transformed (changed) by having our minds renewed.

Who accomplishes this?

He spake unto me, saying, this is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.  (Zechariah 4:6)

·         We see then that we have come full circle once again, back around to surrendering all to Christ.  We cannot renew our own minds.  We surrender ourselves to Him.  We surrender our time to Him to pray, to study his word, we surrender to his will, etc., and he changes (transforms) us by His Spirit.  It always comes back to Romans 12:1, submit yourselves to God.  When we do, we are transformed (changed) by the renewing of our minds.  That’s in verse 2.  (Our change just “happens” to follow our submission.)  J

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