The Weapons of our Warfare 5 – Renewing the Mind

For background reading on this topic, please see this blog from which some of the following points were extracted

Renewed mind – metamorphosis

The Old Mind is (Eph. 4:14, 17-19):

  • Not autonomous – but subject to influences and inputs – external and internal v.14
  • Futile – depraved, transient – aligned with the curse on the Creation Rom. 8:20
  • Darkened Rom. 1:21
  • Alienated Col. 1:21
  • Ignorant Rom. 1:22; 1 Cor. 2:8
  • Blind 2 Cor. 4:4
  • Apathetic towards the things of God Rom. 1:28
  • Uncontrolled Rom. 1:29
  • Corrupt 2 Cor. 11:3; Gen. 3:6
  • Greedy, selfish Rom. 1:31
  • In a word – INSANE! And this is the mind that you were born with – Einstein defintion of insanity – does this describe church as it is normally practiced?

Disciplines for the Mind.

But you have not so learned Christ Eph. 4:20. Even though we are recreated when we are ‘born from above’ (2 Cor. 5:17; John 3:5-6), the mind has to be retrained and it’s not by osmosis! According to Titus 2:11-14, the mind has to be:

  • Taught –  παιδεύω
    From G3816; to train up a child, that is, educate, or (by implication) discipline (by punishment): – chasten (-ise), instruct, learn, teach.
  • Restrained – αρνέομαι
    Perhaps from G1 (as a negative particle) and the middle of G4483; to contradict, that is, disavow, reject, abnegate: – deny, refuse.
  • Directed to sober, righteous and godly thinking and acting
  • Set on the Blessed Hope of Christ’s return
  • Focused on the Cross and our redemption
  • Redeemed from iniquity
  • Purified
  • Resulting in “a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works”

What does the Renewed Mind look like?

  • In a word – the Mind of Christ 1 Cor. 2:16
  • Continuously filled with the Holy Spirit Eph. 5:18 ff.
  • Prepared for action 1 Pet. 1:13
  • Set for maturity Heb. 6:1
  • Taken captive to make it obedient to Christ 2 Cor. 10:5
  • Disciplined 2 Tim. 1:6-7 – ‘gift’ and ‘shift’ (v. 6)
  • Realistic Rom. 12:3 – not high minded, not false humility, facing reality in our lives – our sin, lack of surrender, disobedience, prayerlessness
  • Sincere 1 Pet. 3:8
  • Humble Phil 2:1-5
  • Armed for suffering 1 Pet. 4:1
  • Clear and prepared for ‘the end of all things’ being at hand 1 Pet. 4:7

Which mind do you think with?

The mind of the fleshThe mind of Christ
Not autonomous – blown aboutTaken captive to make it obedient to Christ
FutileFilled with the Holy Spirit
DarkenedClear and prepared
IgnorantSet for maturity
ApatheticArmed for suffering
The Mind of the Flesh – INSANE!The Mind of Christ – Sanity restored!

We went on to discuss Romans 8:1-5 which can be heard 39 minutes in to the YouTube recording here

Pastor Ray Choi has en excellent explanation of this passage (and why I am not changing!) here