Man cannot approach God with an impure conscious. Just the mere thought of having to stand before our creator knowing some of the things we have done that were against His will is impossible. However, as we grasp the true power of what happened on that cross nearly 2000 years ago our minds can become renewed in the fact that God Himself made it possible to come directly to Him. Colossians 1:21-22 supports Hebrews 4:16’ Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Colossians 1:21-22 “21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight”
It is amazing at how many people I meet who think God is angry at people here on earth. I even hear pastors give God credit for all of the lives lost as a result of hurricanes and other weather related acts. Their comments wrap around the misunderstanding that God is making these storms roll in on top of bad people. I have heard some pastors say God caused Katrina to wipe out the evil in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hurricane Ike barreled down on Galveston and Houston Texas also, were they facing great devastation along the Texas coast because God was angry with these people as well? If that is the case how much longer do you have before a natural disaster comes after you? Hog wash! Read verse 21 carefully; it is truth. The alienation and being an enemy with God is in our minds and not from God toward us. If God was an enemy to the “evil” people here on earth, then John 3:16 is a lie. John 3:16 does not have the tag line, “even though I gave my only Son to die for all of your sins, I still want to kill everyone that does not live a holy life”. God did not give His only begotten Son to die for all mankind’s sins just to turn around and punish man for his sins. That is not what John 3:16 says. Who would read another word if that was the in the bible, but that is what people are saying when they give God credit for disasters where people are killed. Even the insurance industry in the US call things “acts of God” instead of what it truly is; a weather related disaster. Anyone can go to the Old Testament and find several verses where God was angry with His chosen people and other tribes of people. Christians who believe the nonsense that God is angry with us today are most likely to quote, Hebrews 12:6 “For whom the Lord loves he chastens and scourges”. How sad for people to work so hard at making a doctrine to live by, that is a stand-alone verse in the bible. Nowhere else in the bible does it say God will scourge or beat or harm His Children. Chastening and rebuke are simply corrections for His children, and are in no way administered through His anger at man’s sins. God will not risk destroying one of His children in some effort to remove an evil person. Read Matthew 13:24-30.
The last part of verse 21 and all of verse 22 is the beginning of correction to those who think God is the one keeping us away from Him because He is still angry with us. “Yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death”; Jesus has paid the price for all of us. The problem is we were enemies of God in our natural thinking so even though we have hard evidence that God has reconciled us through the blood of Jesus; we still are subject to wrong thinking. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that if we are in Christ old things have passed away and all things have been made new. This is the very reason Romans 12:2 tells us to be renewed in our minds and thinking and not stay in the mindset of the world. Natural thinking is that God wants to strike His creation because of His anger; that is just wrong.
Do you feel holy? Do you see yourself blameless? The only change in the life of a Christian at the time of their conversion is spiritual. The moment you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you became spiritually perfect. That means you are 100% 1/3 perfect. It is your soul which is made up of your mind, personality, morals, and mores that need to be redirected toward God. Do you realize that you are above reproach? Paul starts out in Romans 7:18 saying that in people, (that is, in our flesh) nothing good dwells. In our flesh nothing good is there, but God has condemned our sin in the flesh and has given us a new spirit. Yes our flesh is still corrupt and will die, but our new spirit will live forever in the presence of God through Christ Jesus. Becoming born again will change your spirit into one of righteousness, you are given the spirit of His Son Jesus, but you are left with the carnal mind that is enmity to God, Romans 8:7. Study the word and let the Holy Spirit reveal to you who you truly are. You are a new creature (a new species as stated earlier) if you have accepted Jesus and have become “born again” as spoken of by Jesus Himself. John 3:3-6. It is your thinking that is in constant need of correction.
Christians seem to be more worried about changing their actions than renewing their minds. They are more concerned in how their walk looks before man then they are in how God truly sees them. Man will always see our imperfections and many actually look for our stumbling, but God sees the heart and when He sees Christians He sees Jesus. Where we miss it is in the renewing of our minds. As long as we continue to think like we used to, we will always fall short in understanding who we are in Christ. Man in the natural will never measure up to the unobtainable standards of God. God changed our spirit and transported us into His kingdom, Colossians 1:13, but we are the ones that have to change our thinking. In Mark 12:30 Jesus told the Scribes what the first great commandment was that you love the Lord your God with your mind. How can you begin to love someone if you think they are always against you and looking for your mistakes so they can punish you? How can the carnal mind ever understand the spiritual truth of salvation unless the mind is renewed by what the word tells us? We are not to look into the word of God to see our faults and short comings; we are to look into the word to see who we have spiritually become and what God has fully done for us through the shed blood of His only begotten Son. Believing you have to walk perfect in the natural before God to receive His love is not love, that is “fear driven” respect which actually breeds resentment. The Greek word DIANOIA used for mind in Mark 12:30 literally means “thinking through”. The word DIANOIA suggests understanding, meditation, perception, or insight. As we renew our thinking by the washing of the word (Titus 3:5) then our whole mind-set changes from the natural negative way of thinking into His righteousness way of living. The Born Again experience instantly changes our spirit from one of sin nature to that of Jesus, but the renewing of the mind is necessary throughout our life here on earth. Our study of the word and listening to the good preached gospel of Jesus Christ is not how we become holy; it is the only way we can understand how holy we have already become because of Jesus’ perfect work on the cross. You will reach a point in your thinking where the sin that so easily ensnared you (Hebrews 12:1), is no longer right in your face; you will have become so engulfed in the love of God that He is your most prevalent thought.
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