The mind is such an important aspect of our living and being. Before one became saved his mind was of this world or reflected the spirit of this world. People are created with a body, a soul, and a spirit. The spirit is the mind and until we receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; we exercise the mind or the spirit of this world. The body is the house of the soul, which is the will and moral seat of man, while the spirit is the mind of man housed in his body. The mind/spirit of Christ is our great guiding light. His presence in our life gives us the mind of Christ, not the mind or spirit of this world.
Read: I Thessalonians 5:23Man has a body, a soul, and a spirit (mind).
Romans 1:18-32The unregenerate mind rejects God.
Romans 8:5-8The carnal mind (unregenerate man) is an
enemy of God.
Ephesians 2:1-2The mind of the world is reflected in the
Colossians 1:20-22The unsaved mind is alienated towards God.
I Timothy 6:3-5The unregenerate mind is corrupt.
Philippians 3:17-20The unregenerate mind knows only earthly
Question: What do these verses teach about the mind (spirit) of man? The unsaved, unregenerate man?
Explain: The teachings of I Thessalonians 5:23 in relation to spirit/mind.
When the unregenerate man (the unsaved man) becomes saved and regenerated as a new creature in Christ he receives Jesus Christ into his life. The Spirit of the living God now indwells in him for he has received the mind of Christ. No longer does he have a worldly mind. He has a spiritual mind!
Read: II Corinthians 5:17All is new.
Galatians 4:6God?s Son, His Spirit, is now our mind. The mind of the saved (regenerated man) has the mind of Christ and can now acknowledge the Heavenly Father.
Romans 8:8-16Our spirit (mind) knows His Spirit (mind)
and bears witness that we are the children of God. The mind knows.
I Corinthians 2:9-16We have the mind (spirit) of Christ.
Romans 7:23-25The regenerated, saved mind, serves the law
Romans 12:1-2Sacrifice ourselves to the renewing of the
Ephesians 4:23-24Renewed in the spirit of our mind.
Question: When you are saved, what happens to the Spirit of your mind?
Explain: What the Bible teaches about the mind and compare the earthly/worldly mind with the renewed spiritual mind and how they affect people?s lives.
Scripture Assurance: Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.