Renovation Time

It's time to make some changes.

by Edward Langenback

© March 11, 2001

Can you imagine having the same mind as Jesus? Do you think that there's no way that you could have something so awesome as to operate in the fullness of knowledge and wisdom that would be available from such a mind? Well, according to God's word, we Christians have exactly that:

1 Corinthians 2:16, "For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."

Remembering that the word Christ refers to The Anointed One and His Anointing, this means that we have the same Anointed mind as Jesus. If we put ourselves in agreement with God's word and allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit of God, then we are enabled by the spirit of God to know His mind.

This gift of having the same mind as Jesus is not just something that we have the ability or option of having if we want to or think it's cool, it is an obligation. The word of God tells us that we are to renew or renovate our minds, and this renewal will transform, or completely change us.

Romans 12:2, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

The word 'renew' in this verse is translated from the Greek anakainosis {pronounced an-ak-ah'-ee-no-sis} [strongs number 342] which means a renewal, renovation, complete change for the better. And its use here makes it clear that our minds and our way of thinking need to be completely changed. The program of what and how we think needs to be transformed, renovated or re-programmed, so that it lines up with the word and will of God.

The word 'prove' in this scripture is important, it is translated from the Greek dokimazo {pronounced dok-im-ad'-zo} [strongs number 1381] and means to recognize as genuine after examination. This importance is because it is when we are transformed by the renewing or reprogramming of our minds to agree with God's word and the mind of The Anointed One, we then have the ability to know what the genuine will of God is for us.

Simply put, we can, and in fact should BE a "know it all"! How do we accomplish this feat of transformation? By ourselves and our own efforts, we cannot, but we can with God's help. And He has given us nothing less than His own Spirit to help us.

1 John 2:20, "But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things."

The word 'unction' is another one of those old English words that is rarely if ever used anymore. It is translated from the Greek chrisma {pronounced khris'-mah} [strongs number 5545] and means anything smeared on, an unguent, ointment. What the Anointing of the Holy Spirit means is that God's Spirit is poured over, smeared onto, and rubbed into us. We should seek that Anointing in every aspect of our existence, including our minds. This Anointing gives us real power as believers, including power to know the mind of God.

The word 'know' is translated from the Greek eido {pronounced i'-do} [strongs number 1492] and means to get knowledge of, understand, perceive. And the phrase 'all things' is translated from the Greek pas {pronounced pas} [strongs number 3956] and means every, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything. God does not want us to live in ignorance, He wants us to know, not only His will, but also the things that He has prepared for us and made available to us.

Now the first reaction that a lot of folks will have is to say "Oh no you don't! You can't say that. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says 'But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.' You never know what God's gonna do." Claiming that this makes it clear that there is no way that we can literally know all things, and especially no way we'll ever know what's on God's mind.

Unfortunately, these folks have neglected to examine the rest of that passage:

1 Corinthians 2:10-12, "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God."

Thus we find that one of the reasons that God has given us His Spirit is so that we can know what He has given us. Another reason is because through His Spirit, God teaches us all the things that we need to know.

1 John 2:27, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him."

Why does God teach us through His Spirit? Because it is only by His Spirit speaking to our spirit that we can truly know the things of God. Just as only your spirit knows the innermost things of your being, only the Spirit of God knows the innermost things of His being. We can read and study the Bible all of our lives, but if we are not born again and have the Holy Spirit within us or we are not willing to be led by and be open to instruction from the Holy Spirit, we will never come to a revealed knowledge of God and His word. This is one of the reasons that people who don't know Jesus cannot know or understand the things of God:

1 Corinthians 2:14, "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

John 4:24, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."

Because God is a Spirit, the things of God cannot be understood by the natural physical, sensual person who does not have the Holy Spirit within them. Fortunately, when we are born again, the Holy Spirit dwells within us, and if we allow God's Spirit to lead us He will teach us, giving us understanding and spiritual insight, revealing His word and will to us. If we are walking after the spirit instead of the flesh. This means that we can know everything that is on God's mind!

The way we access this treasure is by study and prayer. Study, because we are expected to know the word of God:

2 Timothy 2:15, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

And by prayer, which is talking with God. If we are seeking His will with all our heart, then we have every reason to expect Him to answer us. This gives us access to knowledge:

Jeremiah 33:3, "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."

And wisdom, which is the skill of knowing what to do with knowledge.

James 1:5, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."

So the next time you don't know what to do, ask God. The next time you have any decision to make, learn what God's word has to say about the topic, and pray for God's direction and wisdom. If you decide to seek God's input on all things, and learn to follow the leading of His Holy Spirit, then by that decision, you will have become a child of God.

Romans 8:14, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God."