22 …to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22–24 (ESV)
In light of what believers in Christ have learned, heard and been taught concerning the person and work of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:20-21), God sets forth some directions for each believer, and for each church comprised of believers. Yesterday, we examined the first directive: put off your old self. Today, we examine the second directive: be renewed in the spirit of your minds.
To be renewed (ἀνανεόω; ananeoo) means to be made new and different. To be renewed means to be superior or more excellent than one was before. Where does this renewal take place in the believer’s life?
God’s directive to be infinitely renewed occurs in the spirit of the believer’s mind. The word spirit (πνεῦμα; pneuma) is another word for an individual’s inner being or soul. Mind (νοῦς; nous) refers to the ability to understand, reason and make decisions based upon one’s thinking. It may refer to comprehend something not previously understood (Lk 24:45).
Dr. John MacArthur writes, “Salvation involves the mind (Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 10:5), which is the center of thought, understanding, and belief, as well as of motive and action (cf. Col. 3:1–2, 10). When a person becomes a Christian, God gives him a completely new spiritual and moral capability that a mind apart from Christ could never achieve (cf. 1 Cor. 2:9–16).”
Take time today to renew your mind by reading and meditating upon the Scriptures. Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Soli deo Gloria!