Thursday, September 8, 2022
“My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you” (Galatians 4:19,20 KJV).
Are these people really saved—or really lost?
“Quench [hinder, suppress, obstruct, extinguish, restrict, stifle, prevent] not the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19). If this verse says what it means and means what it says, and we believe it does, a “sinless Christian” in this life is an impossibility. If we believers are immune from all doctrinal and practical errors (as “entire sanctification” proponents teach), there would be no reason whatsoever for the Scriptures to emphatically instruct us Christians not to oppose the work of the indwelling Holy Spirit! “And grieve [sadden, offend, cause pain] not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30).
As believers in Christ, we do not have to engage in bad conduct and we do not have to believe bad teaching. Then, why do we? Studying the Scriptures, we find the answer to this “riddle.” We have chosen not to think like God has designed us to think in Christ! “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 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” (Romans 12:1,2).
“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:…” (Ephesians 4:17-19).
A renewed mind is key to victorious Christian living….