Monday, July 6, 2009

A Sound Mind

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
2 Timothy 1:7

Although humanistic intellectuals often scoff at the Christian intellect, the fact is that it is only the born-again Christian who is able really to understand spiritual truth, for "the god of this world hath blinded the minds (or 'thoughts') of them which believe not" 2 Corinthians 4:4.

By the miracle of the new birth, however, received through faith in Christ, the believer is "transformed by the renewing of your mind" Romans 12:2.

In fact, "we have the mind of Christ" 1 Corinthians 2:16.

That potential is implicit in the great truth that in Christ "are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" Colossians 2:3.

We therefore should seek to bring "into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ"
2 Corinthians 10:5.

Certainly we should not allow our minds to dwell on the vain imaginations of those "professing themselves to be wise" Romans 1:21-22 in the "wisdom of this world" which will soon "come to naught" 1 Corinthians 2:6. It is we, not they, to whom God has given a "sound mind"!

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