The Mind

Rom 12:2  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Just what is this mind that is to be renewed? 

Per Strong’s:

νοῦς
Probably from the base of G1097; the intellect, that is, mind (divine or human; in thought, feeling, or will); by implication meaning: – mind, understanding. Compare G5590.

I did a search on the Greek, and came up with (all verses ESV):

Rom 1:28  And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.

Rom 7:23  but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.

Rom 7:25  Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

Rom 11:34  “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?”

Rom 14:5  One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.

1Co 1:10  I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.

1Co 2:16  “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

2Co 7:7  and not only by his coming but also by the comfort with which he was comforted by you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more.

Eph 4:17  Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.

Eph 4:23  and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,

Col 2:18  Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,

2Th 2:2  not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

Tit 1:15  To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled.

Rev 17:9  This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated;

1Ti 6:5  and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.

2Ti 3:8  Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith.

Luk 24:45  Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,

1Co 14:14  For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.

1Co 14:19  Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Php 4:7  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Interpreted as “understanding”:

Rev 13:18  This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.

Thayer Definition:
1) the mind, comprising alike the faculties of perceiving and understanding and those of feeling, judging, determining
1a) the intellectual faculty, the understanding
1b) reason in the narrower sense, as the capacity for spiritual truth, the higher powers of the soul, the faculty of perceiving divine things, of recognising goodness and of hating evil
1c) the power of considering and judging soberly, calmly and impartially
2) a particular mode of thinking and judging, i.e thoughts, feelings, purposes, desires

So, what does all of this mean?  I don’t completely know, yet, but I hunger and thirst for the renewing of my mind.  It is obvious that the mind is placed in opposition to the flesh, and that the mind of a Christian is controlled and renewed by the Holy Spirit.  The renewing will transform me into the image of Christ (I am to have His mind).  It puts the Christian into a different plane than the fleshly, bestial man who is ruled by his passions.

I put alongside these verses Galatians 5:24, “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” It makes me weep to think of how far away from that crucifixion I seem to be! Yet I know that God’s Spirit lives within me, and He will have victory as I allow Him to do the work, the renewing, the teaching, the comforting, the counseling that Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would bring.

Lord, I give myself to you!

Blessings to you all,

George

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