In today’s message Bro. Leo continues our study of God’s Holy Spirit by studying what the scriptures tell us of how God changes our image into the image of God.
Most theologians agree that our sanctification process starts the moment Gods’ Holy Spirit indwells us (Titus 3:4-7). Most all Christians are taught that Gods’ Holy Spirit will guide, direct and influence them, but that’s where the teaching/learning usually stops. Few Christians are ever taught or learn exactly how Gods’ Holy Spirit guides, directs and influences them.
Rom. 8:5-8 tells us that we have two mindsets available to us, we can be carnally minded or spiritually minded. Gal. 5:16 tells us to be spiritually minded so we can avoid things of the flesh. Eph. 4:20-27 tells us our carnal minds can be renewed to a spiritual mind and a spiritual mind leaves no place for the devil. Col. 3:9-10 tells us that a spiritual mind is the image of God.
So, the question is “how do Christians obtain a spiritual mind?” The answer is found in 2Cor. 3:17-18 and Rev. 3:19-20. We must get alone with Jesus, ask Him to reveal our carnality to us (look into the glass/mirror), listen for His answer. Then we need to ask Him for the power of His spirit to change us so that when we look into the glass/mirror we see more and more of His image and less of our own. The key to this is spending time communicating (talking and listening) honestly with Jesus through His Holy Spirit, only then will our minds be renewed to be spiritually minded.
Scriptures used in today’s message:
Tit 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Tit 3:6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
Tit 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Rom 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Rom 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ
Eph 4:20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
Eph 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
Eph 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Eph 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
Eph 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
Eph 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.
Col 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
2Co 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2Co 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.