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Friday, December 16, 2016

The Mind of Christ will Transform all Areas of Life

Romans 12:2

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

There are a couple of things I want to talk about concerning the above passage of scripture. The first is the inherent weakness of the mind of this world, which when measured against the renewing of our minds in accordance with the mind of Christ, as revealed in the Bible. Second, we'll look at the comprehensive accompanying the amazing admonition of being told to renew our minds in contrast to the world itself and what it represents.

The reference to the world here doesn't refer to planet earth, but to the worldliness coming from reprobate minds untouched by the Spirit of God and the revelation of the word of God.

We are told in the scriptures that we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16). That is something complete opposite to the world, and one that includes the power that is in Christ. Having the mind of Christ doesn't mean He zaps us with His mind literally, it means we have the mind of Christ in the sense of the revealed will of God recorded in the scriptures; we have access to His mind.

It's similar to the law being written in our hearts. Yes, it has been. But that doesn't take away the fact we have to study the law in the Bible in order to understand and respond to what is written within. It's the same with the mind of Christ. It's there, but we have to cultivate and grow in light of His mind.
The point of all of this is the mind of Christ is based and focused upon eternal things. They are powerful, everlasting, and are overwhelmingly superior to the mind the world embraces. It is death, powerless, and unable to sustainably build anything in this world because of it. That's why attempts to secure civilization and institutions that last always fail.

This goes back to the book of Daniel when it says in the time of the Roman empire the kingdom of God would come and start dismantling all other kingdoms and replace with His own.

Daniel 2:

44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

Only those with the mind of Christ will be able to cooperate with Him in shattering these worldly kingdoms built upon the idolatry of man, and build the Christian civilization God has already had in mind for the earth.

There is a lot more to say about this, but in the end, the mind of Christ, and that mind residing in His people, is far superior and more powerful and effective than anything the mind of this fading world has to offer.

Mind of Christ is comprehensive

The second part of the verse of being "transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God," is something that will touch all areas of life. There can't be an area in this world and life that is untouched by the mind of Christ as He dwells within us by the Holy Spirit.

God's purpose is to fill the earth with the knowledge of Himself as revealed in His people; but not only His people, the earth is to be conformed to His image. By that I mean taking dominion over the earth and all the creation of God, as we are commanded to do. It will reflect God in the sense of His people embracing God's ways as revealed in the scriptures, and forming and shaping it according to His will. All of it will be done with the idea of doing no harm to our neighbors.

Another thing the transformation of our mind goes through is to we go through a change in our outlook. Those with the mind of Christ will transition from despair to hope, they'll look at life as offering possibilities and probabilities, with the goal, again, of revealing and glorifying God.

In other words, the life we life takes on a totally different dynamic than before we were regenerated. Everything becomes possible, and once we understand it, start to work together with the Holy Spirit in accordance with the scriptures, to have the kingdom come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

The heavenly mind of Christ works to be reflected in this world. A truly heavenly mind will be one that knows it will remain restless until what it is responsible for comes down from heaven to reside in the earth. So it should be with us.

That's the power and privilege associated with having the mind of Christ and being transformed by the renewing of our minds in conjunction with His.

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