1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
The beginning of a transformed life for every human being is to be born again (a New Birth), receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior Romans 10:9, 10. Instantly our spirit nature is transformed by the Spirit of God and God’s grace. Christians need to realize their minds are the same before and after the New Birth. Receiving salvation does not guarantee a Christian will automatically live a victorious transformed life here on Earth. A transformed life is one that is radically altered and noticeably different. It is real change not play like or pretend change. Every Christian, without exception, needs a mind renewed to the pattern of Christ’s mind. Our behaviors, feelings, attitudes, and actions all begin in the mind. In order to change them a part of the mind needs renewed.
The same mind that created the universe (Colossians 1:15-19), with the same potency is in us, in our spirit as Christians. First Corinthians 2:16 says WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST yet Philippians 2:5 tells us to LET THIS MIND BE IN YOU. It is because the mind of Christ is within our spirit nature which is one with the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17) and we are to let it be in our natural mind. Renewing our mind with the Word of God brings it up or forward into our natural mind. A renewed mind (Romans 12:2) is the mind of Christ controlling our thinking, feeling, attitude, and actions. By grace, we have been given the mind of Christ. It is another provision of the awesome grace of God. The hope of change is Christ in us, the hope of glory. We should never say, “I can’t change.” “I can’t” is simply a defense mechanism against doing a new thing. It is saying the mind of Christ and what Jesus did on the Cross to make it a provision of God’s grace was not enough.
As we allow the Word of God implanted in our spirit to renew our mind (James 1:21) we need to keep in mind that God loves us before we get our minds renewed (Romans 5:8). God is committed to our maturity and will complete what He started. We are predestined to be conformed into Christ likeness (Romans 8:29) and He sent the Holy Spirit to live in us and to help us (Romans 8:26). Never give up, get frustrated, or lose sight of God’s commitment to the process. He will complete what He started Philippians 1:6.