THE BIBLE TEACHES ME TO RENEW THE MIND AND TO WEAR MY NEW CREATION
By: Norma Solis Zavala
Now as a new creation, the Bible says that we have to renew our mind (change our way of thinking) and clothe ourselves with the new man created according to God:
As for the former way of life, put off the old man, who is corrupted by deceitful desires, renew yourselves in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man, created according to God in righteousness and holiness of truth. Ephesians 4: 22-24
This verse speaks to us of a way or way of life that we have before being new creatures in Christ Jesus and we are given the solutions or solutions so that this old way of life is transformed to the way of life of God:
What do I have to take away or am I stripped of?
How is the old man?
That I have to do? .....
I was created according to ........
The "old man" as the Bible calls it is not only about changing the way of life with its habits or habits acquired throughout our lives, it also includes changing our way of thinking. Now our thoughts are different, the Bible points out that our way of thinking is not conforming to the world, ie it does not follow its own patterns of thoughts or behaviors. God wants to change or transform our lives giving us a new way of thinking.
Romans 12: 2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your understanding, that you may prove what the will of God is, pleasing and perfect.
This same verse in the version THE WORD OF GOD FOR ALL clearly explains it as follows:
Do not live by the pattern of this world. Better let God change your life with a new way of thinking. Then you will know what God wants for you and what is good, perfect and pleasing to Him.
Only God is the only one who changes our lives, giving us a new way of thinking. The Bible teaches us this new way of thinking and as we come to know the Word of God, we discover that the will of our Father God for our life is good, pleasant and perfect.
Why do I have to renew my mind and dress the new man if I am a new creation and all my past is behind?
The new creation took place in your spirit and that is where the Holy Spirit comes to live with you. Now your spirit (what binds you to God) is new, and holy, but your way of thinking needs to be changed with the thoughts of God and your customs or lifestyle, needs to be changed and shaped according to the design that God already has for your life.
In this process of change towards the renewed mind and the new man or the new woman, the Bible intervenes.
The Bible is responsible for making us know the will of God to renew our mind and to put on the new man or the new woman created according to God and reach the full knowledge of Jesus Christ (our spiritual perfection or maturity).
In the process of change towards perfection we are not alone, because God has provided a helper who is always with us, the Holy Spirit:
If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father and give you another Comforter, so that he may be with you forever. The Spirit of truth, whom the world can not receive, because it does not see or know it; but you will know it, because it lives with you and will be in you. (John 14: 16-17- NT) Who lives in me? (I.e.
Who will be in me? (I.e.
Who will be with me forever? ...........
And when he comes, he will convince the world of sin, of justice, and of judgment. Of sin, because they do not believe in me; of righteousness, because I go to the Father and you will see me no more and of judgment, because the prince of this world has already been judged (John 16: 8-11). It is he who guides us into all truth, reveals which is to come and glorify Jesus Christ:
But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own account, but will speak all that he hears and will make known to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take of what is mine and will let you know. Everything that the Father has is mine and will let you know. (John 16: 13-15)
The Holy Spirit and the Word of God help us in this process of change:
- Growth and spiritual maturity.
- Renew the mind and put on the new man - the new man, or the new woman.
How does it have to be my new way of thinking and lifestyle? God has provided for you a new way of thinking and lifestyle according to your will. God wants the best for you, and this involves the change that takes place in you beginning from the inside out.
Remember that the Bible was given to us to teach us what is true, to make us understand what is wrong in our lives; to rebuke us and make us see our error, to get us on the right path, to help us lead a righteous and righteous life before God and in front of people.
All Scripture is inspired by God, and is useful for teaching, for rebuking, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be perfect, fully prepared for every good work. 2Timothy 3: 16-17
The Word of God is the means God uses to equip us fully to do good, as God's chosen ones, saints and loved ones.
When you study the Bible you will discover some of the following truths:
a. The Bible teaches us that we are holy (pure, separated from evil) and that sexual immorality (sexual fornication or debauchery) should not exist in us.
But fornication and all uncleanness or avarice, do not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints. Ephesians 5: 3
b.- The Bible teaches us that we should avoid dishonest words, ignorance or lack of reason (foolishness) and profanity, instead of this it is better to praise and give thanks to God: Neither speak dishonest words, nor foolishness nor profanity which is not convenient, but rather thanksgiving. Ephesians 5: 4
c.- The Bible teaches us to have good thoughts:
For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honest, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is good, whatever is good. if there is any virtue, if there is something worthy of praise, in this you should think. Philippians 4: 8
d.- The Bible teaches us that we should make the earthly things die in us: sexual sins, immoralities, bad thoughts, bad desires and greed (greed):
So let the earthly in you die: fornication, uncleanness, dishonest passions, evil desires, and avarice, which is idolatry. Colossians 3: 5
The Bible teaches us that we must remove anger, anger, evil, insults, bad words and lies from our lives and clothe ourselves with the new man (new man or new woman):
But you also leave all these things: anger, anger, malice, blasphemy, dishonest words of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, having stripped yourself of the old man with his deeds and clothed with the new. This, according to the image of him who created it, is renewed until full knowledge, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, barbarian or foreign, slave or free, but Christ is the all and in all. Colossians 3: 8-11
The Bible teaches us how to relate to one another.
f.1.- Read Ephesians 5: 21-33
Who are you talking about? (I.e.
Explain in your own words what you say to the husband: ........
What do you tell the wife? (I.e.
f.2.- Read Ephesians 6: 1-3
Who is he talking about? (I.e.
There are two facts that the children have to do, which are:
What are the promises the child receives ..........
f.3.- Read Ephesians 6: 4
Who are you talking to ......
Explain in your words what you say to the parents: ......
f.4.- Read Ephesians 6: 5-8
Who are you talking to
Explain in your words what you say to the slaves (workers): ...........
f.5.- Read Ephesians 6: 9
Who are you talking about ........
Explain in your words what you say to the masters (employers, bosses): ...........
g.- The Bible teaches us how to behave:
g.1.- Read 1 Peter 3: 1
Who are you talking about ............
What should be their behavior ...........
Explain with your words what he says to his wife ...........
g.2.- Read 1 Peter 3: 7
Who are you talking about .........
What should be their behavior ..........
Explain in your words what you say to the husband ............
g.3.- Read Romans 12: 9 to Romans 15: 6 and write down the types of behaviors that you point out in your own words:
h.- The Bible teaches me to clothe myself with the new man (of the new man or the new woman) h.1.- I have been created in Jesus Christ.
... For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2: 10I was created in .........
As for the former way of life, put off the old man, who is corrupted by deceitful desires, renew yourselves in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man, created according to God in righteousness and holiness of truth. Ephesians 4: 22-24 I have to dress of the one that was created .............
The night is far spent, the day is near. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the weapons of light. Let's walk honestly; not in gluttony and drunkenness, not in lusts and debauchery, not in strife and envy. On the contrary, put on the Lord Jesus Christ and do not satisfy the desires of the flesh. Romans 13: 12-14Values of the ..........
h.2.- I am the temple of the Holy Spirit:
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit? Who is in you, whom you have received from God, and who are not yours? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20
My body is .......
Who is inside me? (I.e.
My body and my spirit belong to ............
h.3.- I have to leave behind the way of life that I had before (old man):
As for the former way of life, put off the old man, who is corrupted by deceitful desires, renew yourselves in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man, created according to God in righteousness and holiness of truth. Ephesians 4: 22-24 I have to get rid of the ...........
I have to get dressed of ............
Your old or old man's way of life as the Bible calls it, God does not take it from you, you take it off or discard it. In this process of change - leaving the old man and dressing the new man - acts the Word of God.
The Bible shows you the will of God for your life and you take them, incorporate them into your way of thinking and acting, your thoughts change and you begin to walk in what God has established. In this change the Holy Spirit intervenes, he helps you do it.
You change, not by your own strength, but by the joint action of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.
... I will put my laws in their minds, and write upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. None will teach his neighbor, nor any his brother, saying, "Know the Lord," for all will know me, from the least to the greatest of them. Hebrews 8: 10-11
This change comes as something natural that is born in you (from within) and manifests outwardly. Your words change, your behavior changes, your way of thinking changes, everything changes for the good and not for the bad.
h.4.- I have to dress the new man (the new man or the new woman):
The new man (the new man or the new woman) has a garment as God's chosen one:
Colossians 3: 12-17
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, of tender mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, patience. Support each other and forgive one another, if one has complaint against another. As Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Especially clothes of love, which is the perfect bond. And may the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body and be grateful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly. Teach and exhort one another with all wisdom. Sing with grace in your hearts to the Lord, with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. And whatsoever ye do, whether of word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. How is my garment? (I.e.
h.5.- I have to reach the perfection of Jesus Christ.
Until we all come to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to the perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:13
I've got to get there ...........
h.6. Now I live for Jesus Christ:
The love of Christ constrains us, thinking this: that if one died for all, then all died; and he died for all, that those who live may live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and rose again for them. 2 Corinthians 5: 14-15
The love of ..........
Those who live ..........
h.7.- I have the love of God in me:
... For the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5: 5
That has been poured into my heart ..........
h.8.- I have died to sin:
Romans 6: 3-14
Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into his death? For we are buried with him to death by baptism, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father , so let us also walk in newness of life.
If we were planted together with him in the likeness of his death, so we shall be in the likeness of his resurrection; knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, so that the body of sin may be destroyed, so that we may no longer serve sin, because he who has died has been justified from sin.
And if we die with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him, and we know that Christ, having risen from the dead, no longer dies; death does not dominate him any more. As soon as he died, sin died once and for all, but as long as he lives, he lives for God.
So you also consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, so that you obey it in your appetites, nor present your members to sin as instruments of iniquity, but present yourselves to God as living from the dead, and your members to God as instruments of justice.
Sin will not rule over you, for you are not under law, but under grace. In whom we were baptized .............
How should we walk ...............
I have to know that my old man (old nature) ...................
How should we consider ................
How should I stand before God ..................