Studies 10-11 have borrowed considerably from, Biblical Transformation—The Renewed Mind, by Steve Shober (also author of this study). The topic of a sound mind and transformation were introduced in Study 9, which should be read before Studies 10-11.
When we are saved, our “old man” (former non-regenerated self, that is, who we were before being saved) is crucified with Christ and then we are raised again in newness of life, all in the spiritual-heavenly realm. Spiritually, our old man is dead and the new man, created in Christ Jesus, is alive. In practical, earthly terms, our old man is still around and we wrestle with him daily; thus, we are asked to live as though the old man were dead (Eph. 4:22) and the new man alive (that is how God sees us, and now we are to act that way). You can be sure the old and new man war against each other for control of our minds (Rom. 7:19-25). The only way to put off the old man and put on the new man is by being renewed in the spirit of one’s mind (transformation), “and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:23-24). The spirit of the mind is a reference to our mental attitude, state of mind, and disposition with respect to God and spiritual realities. The Holy Spirit influences a believer’s spirit and mind; this influence accomplishes a renewal in the mind and allows a person to have a mind that “agrees” with the new man (new person) created by God. Renewing of the mind does not recreate the mind; it changes the mind and rearranges it so it functions in a new way.
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