Considering how our natural thoughts default to ways opposed to God, I’m grateful to be a new creation in Christ with an entirely new capability of seeing things from God’s perspective. These Scriptures are brimming with hope:
But as it is written,
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” –
these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the Spirit of the world , but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-16)
What grace is found in the discipline of Bible study that leads to renewed minds and correct vision!
Tomorrow we’ll look at three specific ways Bible study helps shape our minds. Catch up here on any previously missed posts: