The Blessing of the Renewed Mind
Book of Ephesians 4:14-24
Last week we learned that God’s plan is that all the Church join in “Unity” according to the Word of God and the “Gospel” of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is not only God’s plan but God’s commandment.
So, let’s all denominations lay aside the petty differences that have nothing to do with salvation and cling to a literal translation of the Word of God and go to war against evil in these last days!
If we have been “Born Again” into the family of God, we all have this in common.
Let’s lay foolishness aside and become mature Christians.
After all we all have a renewed mind that we are not using very well!
*****Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
When we are babes in Christ, we can be easily swayed by those who teach a false doctrine, but we must not remain babes. We must begin a growth into mature Christians!
The Word of God must be our compass in this life, for only the Word of God will lead us in the direction God has chosen for us!
There so many places of so-called worship today who deliberately will lead those astray who sit before them, by compromising the Word of God.
The means to defend ourselves from this is to study the Scriptures ourselves and we can defend ourselves against false doctrine.
1) It’s sad but there is still such a thing as “sleight of men”. These are deceivers, cheaters in the faith, men and women who will cheat us out of the truth of God.
2) There are still those who use cunning craftiness. These are also deceivers who act cleverly and have great sounding new ideas that are treated as the truth, but these things are only deceptions of the truth of God.
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
We must obtain ourselves a sound doctrinal knowledge of the truth as it is in the Lord Jesus Christ!
We must be established in the truth!
We must see that our hearts are conformed to the truth!
We must walk in the truth!
It is Jesus Christ that is the head of the Church, which means that He is the only Head of true “believers”!
As we observe this world we see great evidence of those who deny the Lord Jesus and His truth!
2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
If you have kicked Jesus Christ out the doors of the church by ignoring what He has said, then you are no longer a church and cannot be part of the “Body of Christ”!
We must follow the Lord by “faith” in His promises, not the promises of some deceiver that teaches a false doctrine!
There are even those who say that the Messiah has not yet come. Yes, such fools still exist!
2Jn 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
There is more evidence of the first coming of the Messiah than you own birth!
We can see that we have been warned and we see these things today just as the Scriptures say.
We must grow up in the Lord.
Our Pastors must proclaim the truth.
Our Teachers must proclaim the truth.
We as believers must proclaim the truth and reject all those who compromise the Word of God!
Joh 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
We can only be sanctified by the truth!
Joh 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Our souls cannot be purified without the truth.
1Pe 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
The church cannot be in unity, until we know and claim the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our God!
If Jesus Christ is not your God, then you serve a false god!
We already know that God deals with us individually so as individuals it is our job to press for unity in the church.
There is only one Church!
There is only one Word of God!
There can only be one “Faith”!
We must speak the truth of God with love because it is the love of God that came to us in the form of Jesus Christ, the true Messiah.
And make a note, The Lord Jesus Christ is coming back, and it may not be very long.
We should never forget this truth!
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that (insert your own name) whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
The promise of His return:
Joh 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you (insert your own name), I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Joh 14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church and this can never be changed!
*****Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
We must understand the Church as a united body and if your place of worship is not, then this must be the first goal of your place of worship.
An actual body of Christ.
The church is not to be some material or tangible body, but the actual Body of Christ, with Jesus Christ the Head!
The Holy Ghost, Christ filled Church is a Spiritual power upon this earth that will soon return to Heaven, it’s home.
The Church is alive with the Head, Jesus Christ supplying, the nourishment to each and every part of its body.
Col_2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
The Church is best described as the “Body of Christ”!
1Co_12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
As we learned from other lessons, each member of the Body of Christ is to be specifically placed by the Lord.
Each member must have the proper work assigned to him or her.
Each member is to perform that work according to the measure of faith that God has supplied to them.
Each member is to be coupled together so that everyone plays their own part without causing harm to the whole unit.
Each member is to be governed by one Will and one Intelligence which is from Heaven and is the Lord!
Each member is indebted to the Head and the Head lives for the body!
The Church is to work in harmony as the voice of God by using the Words that He has already given to us.
God’s Word will never change, and neither should anyone try to change it!
Isa_55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
The best example of the church is the human body that cannot function properly without each part doing what is was intended to do.
1Th 2:12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
1Th 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
If we know all these things, then we also know that we are not to walk like we are part of this world!
This is where we fail the most today!
*****Eph 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
Eph 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
When we were lost we walked in this world searching for anything and everything that would satisfy our desires. Some may disagree, but this is the truth.
You can ask those you meet today who do not know the Lord, especially our young people and you will find that the majority will say this today.
They are all searching for things that satisfies their own desires. Much of this is immoral. Much of this is depraved. All of it is foolish!
When we walk like those out in the world we are walking against the Word of God!
We will lose contact with our Father in Heaven if we walk like the world walks!
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
A new creature of God the Father, will not be out in the world!
When we push God out of our minds, our mind become empty and void of the truth and be easily filled again with the evils of this world.
These will seek worldly pleasures, worldly possessions, worldly religion, and worldly gods.
Psa 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
As Christians we must never be afraid of being singular in this world!
We must understand that where there is ignorance of the truth, there will be no life, their understanding will be darkened.
To understand this is to begin to grasp hold of the truth.
A darkened mind is blind and unable to see God!
The darkened mind will give itself over to the world!
As Christians we are only better than those who are lost by the “Grace” of God.
As Christians we must still live our lives above those out in the world.
This is not thinking we are better than but just avoiding those pitfalls of sin that we have left behind for the Lord.
The unbeliever is spiritual dead and then doomed to eternal death, cut off eternally from God.
The unbeliever will always have hostile feelings toward the believer, no matter who they are!
It is not God that causes this, it is their own ignorance of the truth!
Remember what Jesus said just before He gave up His life:
Luk_23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
They have chosen to be ignorant of the things of God.
They have chosen to harden their heart against the truth.
They will be responsible for their own eternal death!
God has provided, through His Son and the power of the Holy Spirit, the only means of eternal life!
Those that depart from the truth of God will only grow worse.
Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
Mat 12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
Mat 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
*****Eph 4:19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
Without God the more callous they will become!
They will no longer live by God’s standards of morality.
Lasciviousness is shameless conduct of any kind, wantonness, in most cases being completely vulgar, as far from “Grace” as possible.
In another place Paul wrote:
Rom 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
Rom 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
They no longer feel the pain of their sin and consider it just another acceptable way of life. What a travesty.
We see this all over America today.
We know that sin is contagious, but it also multiplies. The more we walk in sin, even more will we walk in sin!
Lasciviousness also brings “greed”.
A craving, a desiring to have more and more, hoarding all they can get and still craving more.
I believe this is what rules our world today.
But they are in fact in bondage to the things of this world, this has become their god!
2Pe 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
2Pe 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
2Pe 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
Enough of the unbeliever, we know a lot about them because we were once a part of them.
*****Eph 4:20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
Eph 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, “as the truth is in Jesus”:
What do we do as Christians after we have accepted Christ?
1) We repent; we renounce our previous lifestyle. This not partial but complete. We cannot have one foot in the world and one foot in Christ.
This is to be a complete moral revolution that can only happen by the Holy Spirit and our “Faith”.
To be honest, we need to daily examine ourselves to see if we are complying with the Word of God and the Commandments of Jesus Christ.
From time to time, we need to look in the mirror and see what we look like.
2) Self-discipline. To be a Christian is not always easy, it takes a personal effort but more important we must rely on the “Grace” of God.
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
We must realize that we are renewed every day by the Holy Spirit and it is by the Holy Spirit that our mind is restored, and our vision cleared to see our Savior for who He is! The Greatest gift God could send to us!
3) We must wear the robe of righteousness of our Lord! It is very important that we know all we can about Jesus Christ, but it is even more important that we learn all we can from Him!
We must strive for that personal relationship with our Savior. He wants this relationship much more than we do so, our part is very easy.
The Lord Jesus is truly waiting with open arms to receive us!
We are to literally walk in Christ and not as men walk!
We must have a living spiritual union with the Lord Jesus Christ!
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
1Co 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
We are to put off the old man and put on the new man!
*****Eph 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
That old man is that person we were before we accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior.
In this sense, our old man has already been put to death and we are made alive by Christ Jesus.
Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
You see to put on Christ means that our Father in Heaven counts us buried with Jesus Christ and united with Him in the likeness of His death.
This is the true meaning behind baptism!
The deeds of the old man are put off.
Col 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
The power that evil had over our body of flesh is gone and we are no longer in bondage.
And notice it is our job to put off the old man, we are to exercise our own will because we have realized the truth.
God says the old man is dead, so we must also count our old man as being dead.
Rom_8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
It is now our job to reject temptation just as the Lord did when He walked upon this earth to become the perfect new man!
Even our mind will be made new and we will no longer have a reprobate mind.
We live in a world full of reprobate minds.
We are governed by many who have reprobate minds.
Rom 1:28 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;
It is only by the presence of Jesus Christ that our mind can be renewed. There is no other way!
When we receive the Lord Jesus Christ into our life, we receive His mind also. We truly have the power to reject temptation!
We truly have the power to focus on God and His Word.
We truly have the power to allow the Holy Spirit to work within us to make us a new creation of God!
2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2Co 10:5 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;
The new man has been regenerated, renewed, “Born Again” when we become Spiritually minded!
We will be in fellowship with God through His Son.
We will be obedient to God’s will because we will realize the safest place for us to be is in the will of God.
We will be devoted to God’s service and work within the calling we will receive from God!
None of these things can happen without the power of God in our lives by the Lord Jesus Christ.
As the children of God, we can stand before God in the righteousness and the holiness of His Dear Son, Jesus Christ.
To put things as plain as we can, we can say we are now alive to God when we were once dead to God!