I have always believed that the way to fully comprehend the doctrines of the Bible is to go back to the source of the doctrine for study. It is the Lord Himself who laid down the mindset of the born-again believer. He taught the mind of the kingdom in no uncertain terms. Later in the epistles written by His disciples, we are given more detail as to how to accomplish this mind of the Son of God.
Here, I think it is necessary to reiterate or explain what I mean by “to accomplish” this mind. I truly believe that the Body of Christ and even those who have been privy to the revelation of the “Walk in the Spirit” have not fully understood the method by which the mind of Christ becomes evident in our daily walk.
St. Matthew 22:37-38
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
This passage is the first time the Lord mentions the mind in any of His teachings. Note that the Lord declares one must love God the Father with all their heart, which for the sons of God includes the hidden man of the heart, and/or the spirit or conscience (the new creature). The soul also, which is the spirit of the mind, and the fleshy mind itself must be consumed with love for the Father.
If we are to walk in the spirit, we must obey this commandment. There is no other way to accomplish the will of God in this body of vanity.
Now if you ask any born-again believer if he or she loves the Father, I am sure that each of them would say, “Yes.” Nevertheless, the Lord said that if we loved Him, we would keep His commandments. The truth is, most of us have not kept the commandments. We have sinned, and walked in the vanity of this flesh. Why? Why have we found it so hard to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind? Well, once again, we need to dissect the facts here.
- We are born-again; therefore, our life (being) is in Christ.
- Christ is the Master. He is the life who has pleased the Father. He is the only one who can love the Father according to the above commandment.
- If we never submit to Him as the Master, then we will never overcome opposition to righteousness.