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A New Mind (The Mind Series, Part 2)

The unregenerate mind is one of futility and darkness (Ephesians 4:17-18). So, what happens to the mind when a person is regenerated by the Holy Spirit? In what ways will his thinking be impacted?

We know that a person who comes to Christ through repentance and faith becomes a new creation:

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
2 Corinthians 5:17

Paul explains in 1 Corinthians how regeneration affects the mind of the Christian. He describes how the natural man (unregenerate) is unable to think spiritually:

But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
1 Corinthians 2:14

In contrast, Paul explains the difference in how the Christian thinks:

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
1 Corinthians 2:12-13

But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:15-16

The Christian is now able to think spiritually. This is possible because the Holy Spirit now resides in him.  In fact, Paul states that we have the mind of Christ. The idea is that since we now have the Holy Spirit residing in us we have the ability to know the thoughts of our Lord. We can learn to think as our Lord thinks.

Now as you continue reading in 1 Corinthians it is immediately obvious that the believers were not thinking spiritually as they should. How can this be? After all, they have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, therefore, the Holy Spirit resides in them. They now have the capacity to think as the Lord thinks, and yet they are not.

In the next several articles we will consider the many responsibilities we have regarding our minds. It is clear that the mind is a battle ground for the Christian. Knowing this, it is essential that we learn how to train our minds to think as our Lord thinks. The Lord has provided all the resources that we need. It is our privilege to utilize these resources.


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Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58