The Renewed Mind – Part One
“Then He opened up their mind
to understand the Scriptures…”
“Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind”
To His disciples, who walk with Him, cling to Him, and seek Him, He unveils the dynamics of the scriptures. There is an inherent dullness and blindness that is the common lot of man. Unless He opens our minds, the scriptures remain closed, uninviting, and opaque.
“and the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he is not able to know [them], because they are discerned spiritually”
1 Corinthians 2:14 (LSV)
Our natural mind “is not able to know” the living things of Him. The language of the Spirit is Life, not verbiage (John 6:36 please read). It requires the Life of Him within to receive the power of His revelations.
“For with Thee is the fountain of life:
in Thy light shall we see light”
The two-fold depth of this one scripture reveals the desire of His heart! Christ, Himself is the fountain of Life and it is in our believing INTO Him, (not upon Him), that we are infused with the fountain of His nature.
“The one believing into* Me, as the Scripture said,
Out of his belly will flow rivers of living water”
John 7:38 (LITV)
We have been misguided in our day by the presentation of a powerless gospel, as if by some mental assent to His Word I will know of this “living water”. Paul presents to us the truth of our hope: “Christ IN YOU”. The more I yield to His nature and movements within my heart, the more I will see of His unveiling. It is the Christ within from whom these waters flow; in myself, I have no access to this unspeakable gift apart from Him.
“He that believeth on* me, as the scripture hath said,
out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water”
John 7:38 (KJV)
The KJV and other translations use the word “on” or “in” but a casual study of the usage of this Greek word is strikingly clear in its definition: INTO (*see note below). While this difference may seem slight, it is the difference between religion and the living truth. It is our believing INTO Him that our minds are constantly renewed. It is in our believing INTO Him that an enlargement of heart and vitality of spirit grips us in the loving embrace of His Will and Ways. Life becomes an adventure with Him who is eternal, and we experience an ever-increasing sense of awe and repentance. The dullness is gone, and life holds excitement and intensity.
The second part of Psalm 36:9 states “in Thy Light shall I see Light”. If I do not live in the Light of Him, I am unable to see the brighter Light. My vision of Him is veiled if my walk and relationship are not current with Him. John had walked many years with Jesus and was quite old on the Isle of Patmos, yet he declared “I was in the Spirit”. He heard and saw new revelations of the living Christ. This is our heritage also if we continue walking in the Light.
“If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”
Those who continue to live by His Word are continually set free from the dregs of the carnal self. His Word is for us to eat, to assimilate, and through obedience to make our own. It is this living truth that makes us free. To rest in a knowledge of the scriptures, while ignoring His promptings to DO, distances us from the power of His salvation.
Our heavenly inheritance is bound up in the quality and truth of how we live our lives here. If I refuse correction, if I hold on to unforgiveness, if I neglect the promptings of His Spirit within my heart, I (like Esau) trade my birthright for the temporal.
The Renewed Mind
The Eternal Call to Relationship
“…then shall I know even as also I am known”
1 Corinthians 13:12
To Be Continued…
*Note: εἰς –
“eis; prep. governing the acc. with the primary idea of motion into any place or thing…”
New Testament Greek Study
εἰς – eis – ice
“A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time...”
This word being a preposition indicates movement into a thing or place. When it is used of Christ it speaks of our movement into His nature and His life as referenced by the Parable of the Vine. In the Parable of the Sower, we see this same powerful truth of the seed being sown INTO the soil of our hearts indicating His coming into our being. The enormity of God’s Salvation is presented to us as a relationship of the highest and deepest order possible. It is to culminate in our being ONE in Him and in one another. May He open to us the wonder of the great Mystery that has been hidden from the ages: “Christ in you” and the corresponding truth of our being IN Him: “Therefore if any man be IN Christ, he is a new creature” 2 Cor. 5:17 (my personal notes on this Greek word)
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