Renewed Mind -
New Testament study on the ‘how’ of the renewed mind.
SNT – 349
Publication Date: 07/14/68
Victor Paul Wierwille (December 31, 1916 – May 20, 1985) dedicated his life to the research and teaching of the Bible. In his quest for truth he consulted and worked with some of the most outstanding individuals in Biblical studies and Christian living; including Karl Barth, Joseph Bauer, Glenn Clark, Karl J. Ernst, Joseph Friedli, Louis C. Hessert, Elmer G Homrighausen, E. Stanley Jones, George M. Lamsa, Richard and Reinhold Niebuhr, K. C. Pillai, Paul Tillich, Ernst Traeger, and many others.
Dr. Wierwille received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from present day Lakeland College, and conducted graduate studies at the University of Chicago and Princeton Theological Seminary. It was at Princeton that Wierwille earned the Master of Theology degree in Practical Theology. He later completed his Doctor of Theology degree at Pike's Peak Bible Seminary and Burton College in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
Dr. Wierwille was the author of numerous books in the field of Biblical research, including Are the Dead Alive Now?; Receiving the Holy Spirit Today; Jesus Christ Our Passover; and Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed. Additionally, he developed and taught several comprehensive classes directed toward helping people to understand the Bible and to increase the power of God in their lives, such as the Power For Abundant Living series, Living Victoriously, and the University of Life courses. Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille was the founder and president of a world-wide Biblical research, teaching, and fellowship ministry for forty years; as well as the founder and president of several Biblical research centers, colleges, leadership training, and Christian outreach programs associated with it.
Victor Paul Wierwille served the Lord with unending joy all the days of his life as he travelled continuously throughout the world to hold forth the Word of God. He reached thousands of people during his lifetime through his live presentations, numerous radio and television broadcasts, film and video classes, and recorded teachings. And countless others continue to enjoy and be enriched by his books and hundreds of hours of recorded works, many of which are available in the public domain. A detailed listing of his work, as well as more information about his life and teachings can be found at Eternally Blessed (www.eternallyblessed.org).
Excerpt from 349 Renewed Mind (07/14/68)
Turn to Romans chapter 12 tonight, please. Before you were converted, born again of God’s spirit, you were a man or a woman of only body and soul. The man of body and soul has a mind. He has free will. Everything that ever comes to that human mind comes over one or the other of the five, the category of the 5 senses; seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting or touching.
Now, when you were converted, born again, or saved, when you accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and believe God raised him from the dead, you receive the spirit of Christ within, but your mind was not affected. The moment you were born again of God’s spirit you still had the same mind that you had one second before you were born again.
If you have never had anything there is one word that is used in the Bible with mathematical exactness and a scientific precision, which God uses over and over and over again to describe the reality of bringing into concretion, bringing into existence, that which has never been before. And that is the word, create. Whenever something has been in existence and man endeavors to change his life, to tap into resources that are more meaningful, more in concretion, more definite, there is a word that is used in the bible again with a very great exactness, and that is the word, renew. You cannot renew an automobile tire, recap it, unless you first have the tire. You could not renew your mind had you not had a mind to begin with.
Now, there is one thing you cannot renew and that is the spirit, because the spirit you never had to start. Man is dead in trespasses and sin, without God and without hope. He is a man of body and soul, but he does not have the spirit of God until he is born again of God’s spirit. And no person is born again of God’s spirit until he is obedient to the record given in Romans 10: 9 -- if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus.
And boy, Father just again brings to my mind the great reality of confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord. Not to confess your sin. You can confess your sin till you are blue in the face and still go home unsaved. Because you do not get saved by confessing your sin, because confessing of sin is works, hard work. And the Word of God says we are saved by grace, and not of works lest any man should boast. Romans, I mean Ephesians. So we do not confess our sin. We confess the savior from sin, the Lord Jesus Christ. And we confess with our mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God has raised him from the dead, at that moment we are saved. And for God to save us, he has do one thing, bring into concretion that which has never been in us before, which is spirit and this he has to create.
Now once you are born again of God’s spirit, you are body, soul, and spirit. You still have a mind, like you have a body. Now this mind, after you are born again of God’s spirit, can be renewed. And it's in the renewing of the mind that you have the key to power. If you want to tap in, you have got to renew your mind. And this mind must be renewed according to the Word of God, and not according to what people say, or some theologian, or some preachers, or anyone else may talk about. It has got to be according to God's rule book, His regulations. Because this is what we play the ball game by, not what people say or think or do.
Now, Jesus Christ was God's plan for the bridging of the gap between the natural man and the spirit world. You and I know by believing that which is spiritual, but it's demonstrated in the natural realm when we act upon it.
Reason holds the same relation to the spirit that the body does to reason. If reason is allowed to rule the spirit, and it takes control over the spirit, endeavors to control the spirit, it always takes the whole spiritual world and desecrates it. Likewise, when the body, the flesh, the senses, the passions are allowed to rule beyond reason, it makes the body a sort of a bad situation. Bless your heart. It just takes it and throws it out of the way. The reason is gone. This is why reason holds the same relation to the spirit that the body does to reason. Unless you reasonably take care of your body and you keep it under control, your body, your passions, the flesh, the five senses will just drive you.
And if you take your reason and endeavor to put the spiritual things into practice according to your reason, you will always desecrate the spiritual things. Because, you will bring them down way below par.
(Ephesians 2:8, 9)
Romans 12:1, 2
Romans 12:2; 13:14
Ephesians 4:25, 28, 31, 32
Philippians 4:13, 2:5