When a man believes in the Gospel (the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ: what God did for man in Christ), his spirit man is saved. We all must have heard this phrase before: ‘a man is made up of his body, his soul, and his spirit’. So, the question is: when a man becomes saved and his spirit is saved, what happens to the body and the soul? Well, all these are one but can still be explained differently.
The body of a man is simply the physical part that you see, the flesh.
The spirit is the living, breathing being in man; it is the part of a living person we cannot see.
While the soul, which can also be referred to as the mind and/or the heart is the seat of emotions, passions, desires, and actions in the man.
The direct translation of the word soul as seen in the Greek defines it as the man himself.
Let’s go back to the believer – now, I have mentioned earlier that when a man believes in the Gospel he is saved and his spirit becomes the spirit of God. In essence, the spirit of God dwells inside of him.
‘Now he that has wrought us for the same self- same thing is God, who hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit’.2cor5:5
‘In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy spirit of promise’.Eph1:13
But why does this same man that the spirit of God dwells inside of him still fornicates, commit adultery, steal, lie and still do all manner of things that he shouldn’t?
Well, that is where the mind comes in – You see, no man is self-made. A man is a product of the things he has heard, the things he has seen, the ideas he has given his mind to over time, the places he has visited, the people he surrounds himself with, and so on.
So, when he believes and is saved, his spirit man receives life. But the things he has done, the words he has given his heart to, the ideas he run his life by, the places he hangs out, and so on don’t just fly out of his mind; they are still very much more there!Tweet
Although he is saved – but because he hasn’t renewed his mind or doesn’t continually renew his mind – he still goes back to his old way of life!
Let’s see what the scriptures have to say on this;
‘And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove that which is the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God’.Romans12:2
Paul is obviously talking to believers here because the Epistles, as we know, is written to the believer. We can see that an instruction was given to the believer here to RENEW HIS MIND.
Which means renewal of the mind is not something that jumps on the believer upon salvation: it is something he must deliberately work out by himself as he let the spirit of God in him helps him.Tweet
‘Do not let anything non-Christian determine how you should act. Instead, let God change your way of life by making your way of thinking new…’Translation4Translators version of Romans12:2
This above version boldly spells it out that the way of life of a man is actually changed and/or made new by changing the ways he thinks. In essence, the mind of the man determines his actions…
I have heard many people say: ‘…that’s just the way I am, God loves me that way’. The truth of the matter is that he loves us any way but he died for us so that we can then live for him freely by the help of his spirit in us as we forsake our old way of life.
‘For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live for themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again’.2Cor 5:14-15
‘My friends, God has asked you to come to him so that you can be free. But you must be free in the right way. You are not free to do everything that, as a human person, you may sometimes want to do…’Gal5:13(EasyEnglish version)
We can see that there is no excuse for the believer that still conducts his life like an unbeliever. In fact, the reason why a believer can conduct his life righteously/holy is because the word of God has called him so.
He loves us any way but he died for us so that we can then live for him freely by the help of his spirit in us as we forsake our old way of life.Tweet
‘Before God created the world, he chose us to be his people because of our relationship/ union with Christ, in order that God could consider us to be completely holy. Because God loves us’.Ephesians1:4(Translations4Translators version)
How then Can the Believer Renew His Mind?
Well, because the believer is still in this world, renewal of the mind will always be something of great and/utmost importance to him. The believer cannot afford to let go of his standards and conduct his life any way he so wishes.
‘Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life’.
Translations4Translators version puts it this way:
‘It is very important that you be careful about what you think, because what you think controls the things that you do’.Proverbs 4:23
So, how can the believer keep his mind ‘sane’ in this world that we live in today?
‘Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, 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’.Philippians 4:8
So, the believer is always to watch the things that goes on in his mind, he must always guard his heart diligently. And like I have said earlier: ‘no man is self-made’. The believer must guard his heart against the things that are not pure, not honest, that are not of good report, that are not true, and that are not lovely.
The believer must watch the people he surrounds himself with, the things he give his ears to and the things he give his eyes to.
The believer cannot afford to let go of his standards and conduct his life any way he so wishes.Tweet
‘The mind is like a camera, it captures a lot of details and/or information in seconds, and those things stored up in the mind gradually forms the things that the man does’.
The things a man see and hear controls the way he thinks, and this in turn controls the things he does.
Also, the written word of God must be the believers’ reference. The believer must always see what the word of God says about him: the things God forbid and the things he loves.
‘Some people hear God’s message but do not do what it says. They are like someone who looks at his face in a mirror. Although he looks at himself, he goes away from the mirror and immediately forgets what he looks like. But other people look closely at God’s message, which is perfect and which sets people free to voluntarily do what God wants them to do. And if they continue to examine God’s message and do not just hear it and then forget it, but do what God tells them to do, God will bless them because of what they do’.James 1:23-25
We see from the above text that God’s word is the reflection of the believer. He must always look at it to see who he really is and not err from his identity.
Lastly, the believer must be given to prayer.
‘To know God’s word, to know it well, to desire to know it.Anonymous
To pray, to pray in tongues, to pray often.
I can’t explain in words how important these things are for living. They guide, they set the pace, position the heart, show how to live, give wisdom…’
‘A man of prayer is a man that God trusts. A man of prayer is a man that has learnt to master his emotions. A man of prayer is as a man that take authority’.Oyediran Samuel
Prayer births commitment in a man, it aligns a man with the will of God.
Dear believer, don’t feed your mind with junk, give it to the word of God…Tweet
I hope this encourages you to live as a new creation in Christ that knows his identity.
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