Renewing the Mind Cont...
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind, Ephesians 4:23.
We are commanded to have our minds renewed. Here in Ephesians we are told to renew the spirit of our minds. The best analogy to describe what a spirit is and what it does, is to think of the cursor on a computer screen. Inside of that computer is a wealth of knowledge contained in spread sheets, word processors, photographs, movies and every type of file imaginable. In that regard it is like human memory.
How do we access these files on our computer? We consciously maneuver the cursor on the screen to point to which file we want and we and click on that file. Suddenly, a new file is displayed on our screen. Using that same cursor we can edit that file, scroll through it, or store in in another place. The spirit of our minds works that way with the volumes of stored data in our memories.
In one degree of consciousness or another we direct our spirits to review such data as we have. When we receive more facts, or hear new opinions about such facts as we know, we are enabled to come to new conclusions, modify old conclusions or to reaffirm our existing conclusions. It is our will which directs our spirits just as it is our hand which guides the mouse which guides the cursor on the computer. It is this lively spirit which operates within our consciousness and which darts from thought to thought that we are commanded to renew.
When a person is born again, a new man is born inside of them. There are varying descriptions in the word of God for this new man. In fact the verse that follows our opening verse gives a command and a description about this new man. And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness, Ephesians 4:24.
A person born of God has two sets of controls with which he can operate his life. He can allow the old man to continue in its destructive ways or he can put on the new man. We are assured that; if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live, Romans 8:13. So much for the myth of the man who got saved but never lived like he was saved. God will chasten his sons. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? Hebrews 11:7. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent, Revelation 3:19.
The believer can choose life and live by the precepts of God. He is enabled to do so by the power of God in the new man. He can choose to live after the flesh and after a few cycles of chastisement from God he can die an early death. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep, 1st Corinthians 11:30.
The single greatest verse in a King James Bible to demonstrate eternal security is 1st John 3:9, Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. Naturally, the Funnymentalists tamper with the verse because they don't understand it. The new man inside of a believer cannot commit sin. Granted, if it did sin I would spiritually die, but it cannot sin. Likewise, the flesh cannot stop. Eve was not cast out of the garden when she sinned. It was not until Adam sinned that she was cast out. Likewise, I will be cast out of eternal life when my Adam from above, Jesus Christ sins. Don't hold your breath.
What then is my responsibility? The Apostle Paul commanded Timothy to; lay hold on eternal life, 1st Timothy 6:12. We bear the responsibility to put on the new man. That is impossible without renewing the spirit of our minds. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart, Hebrews 4:12. The word of God is a cleansing agent. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word, Psalm 119:9.
There is simply no English Bible calibrated like the King James Bible to restore the mind of a believer to holiness and right thinking. There is no English Bible calibrated like a King James Bible to form right thought in the minds and hearts of unbelievers. No Spirit filled man or woman ever changed the words of a King James Bible. Notice, I did not say that they were lost who do such things, I state that they are not led by the Spirit of God.
The changes wrought by the new bibles are a grief of mind to the Holy Ghost. The new bibles are the cumulative work of carnal minds bent on substituting their own wisdom for the words of God. A person reading them may gain an insight or two, but it is like hearing the drums of a distant marching band, when in reality they could have a front row seat and hear every note played by every instrument.
For every one of those dull distant insights given by those new versions, some heresy can be reinforced in the reader's mind. The new versions are full of mistakes. One of the greatest proofs of the King James Bible is that when read in context, it is impossible for anything stated in a King James Bible to contradict anything said in another place. There is simply no statement in a King James Bible which if read in its context and applied to whom it is directed can speak an untruth. No other English Bible written since 1611 can say that.