Heart and Mind of Man

        Scripture teaches the believer who once was the old man of flesh, that as believer in repentance when they accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, they became a new man in Christ, a new spiritual man. Paul says in Gal 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." This gives understanding to being born again or born from above, out of the old man of sin, and into the new man or new spiritual man.

        Scripture continues in teaching of the natural or old man and the new man, that we have a natural-mind of the body, yet also a mind of the heart or spiritual-mind. This giving difference to our natural self and our spiritual self. It is in this regard to the new spiritual man that we need learn regarding both our heart and mind. The babe in Christ still has their natural body and mind, we are to renew our mind out of things still of this world, and in this the Lord both directs our lives and through our spirit we grow in the Lord. Beyond this is the Church in which all believers have a special part.

        Believers are commanded to come into unity and maturity within the church, into one heart and mind. Within this process we must be transformed by the renewing of our mind. We know the Bible when speaking of our heart in this regard, does not mean an organ that pumps blood, so also we should know eyes of the heart or the mind of our spirit do not refer to an organ of the body called the brain. Yet within this relationship of heart and mind, it is possible to pray with our spirit, while also praying with our mind.

        In this context we may understand what is meant by being double minded, or being in doubt. The Bible tells us we must take control over our mind, with warning that the spirit is willing, but that the flesh is weak. It is Gods word within us that tells us to make up our minds not to worry what we will say when brought before authority, because the Lord will give us words that none of our adversaries can resist or contradict. It is Gods work within us that we shall will and act according to his good purpose. As Romans 10:8-12
"...for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation."

        From this we see how important it is we take control over the flesh, the old man whose mind is in rebellion as in Phil 3:19
"Their mind is on earthly things." Also we may begin to understand Rom 12:1-2 "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." To this end we are instructed in Rom 14:13 "The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God." Toward this end we are admonished in Luke 8:15 "The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks." Finally we are encouraged in Mark 12:30 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."

        We should know how the heart; or spiritual mind, takes control over the mind which is our natural self. When the Lord forgives our sins, we are like the man of Matt 12:43-44
"When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, I will return to the house I left'." Not that we have an evil spirit within, but we are instructed regarding what should rule in our heart as in Col 3:15-17 "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as your sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And let whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.", also in Col 3:5-7 "But now you must rid yourselves of all things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator."

        The battle or spiritual war that will confront us will come from Satan, as described in Eph 2:1-2
"...when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient." So it is Satan and his servants who will battle with us, not only to tempt us, but to renew our mind instead with his lies. Not only will lies produce confusion, but when they become the ruler of our heart, then if possible even the elect will be led astray. Lies that lead into acceptance of sin will finally harden the heart as described in Matt 13:15 "For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them." Last we should know John 15:18-19 "If the world hates you, keep in mind it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own."

        In many places of the Bible we are approached by symbolic teachings, not just to give a story meaning, but to explain what was, is, or shall occur within the spiritual world. Here we receive understanding just as important, often more so, beyond that of the natural world in which we live. The New Christian will experience maturing, leaving the sinful ways of our past, growing with the renewing of our mind, having vision and new spiritual life within the spiritual world. How would you relate a vision by God telling about the gathering of the redeemed into the spiritual kingdom, would Ezekiel 37 telling of dry bones found within a valley convey any meaning. Would Sheol in Luke 16 telling of Abraham, Lazarus, and across a great chasm the rich man convey any meaning. Can you even imagine the eyes of our heart, or hear with your spiritual mind. Do not take lightly the teachings through symbology, for our spiritual being is of great significance.

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