Our Renewable Carnal Minds
The minds of Christians and the minds of unbelievers are different.
Romans 8:7: Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 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.
The carnal mind spoken of in Romans 8:7 is the mind of an unbeliever. It is a mind that is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be. The mind spoken of in Romans 12:1-2 is the mind of a Christian. The passage is written to brethren.
Only Christians (brethren) are capable of being transformed by the renewing (the word means renovating) of their minds. That renovation of a mind does not make it totally righteous. Righteousness is a gift of God. Righteousness is only perfected in a heart where Christ dwells. Not in a carnal mind and not even in a renovated carnal mind.
1 Corinthians 1:30: But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
Ephesians 3:17: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
1 Corinthians 3:1-4: And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
The Christians (brethren) at Corinth had carnal minds (as we do). The extent to which our minds are renovated is in large measure up to us. When I first became saved my mind was a little different than it was before. A couple of decades later it is MUCH different. How about yours?
We believers have God*s perfect righteousness in our hearts but only a renovation of our minds. Even so, we should cooperate with Him in making that renovation as complete as possible. The more we study the Bible, meditate on it, put its principles into practice and pray, the more our minds will be renovated and the more we will be transformed and the more we will prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. We can make a habit of using our minds and bodies for God*s purposes.
1 Corinthians 9:27: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
2 Corinthians 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;
Philippians 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Psalms 19:14: Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
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