Spirit – Power – BT2
Spirit-power is how we are ongoingly renewed
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Paul strongly urges Christians who have “already learned (a) Christ . . . and were already taught by the means of Him, . . . to be ongoingly renewed (b) by the means of the Spirit belonging to your mind (c) and/so to put on the new self [as fresh clothes] . . . in true righteousness and holiness” (d). This is likely the same as: “Ongoingly do not be conformed to this world, but ongoingly be [metamorphically] transformed by the completely different-in-kind inward renewal (e) of your mind (c) in order to discern/scrutinize (f) what is the will of God” per Romans 12:2 – see New Covenant Ways – BT16. This is the same kind of inward renewal (e) “by the means of the Spirit” that is coupled with “the luo bathing/washing of regeneration” in Titus 3:5. Colossians 3:10 similarly says, “the new self, which is ongoingly being completely different-in-kind inward renewed (e) toward/at genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge down-from/according-to the image (Christ) of its Creator (God).” This also corresponds to 2 Corinthians 4:16, where Paul says, “even though our physical body is wearing away, our inner man is being ongoingly being completely different-in-kind inward renewed (e) day by day.” Clearly, the Holy Spirit is the agent of this radical ongoing renewal in every case! <Notes> a) been informed by, b) ananeoo: renovated, refreshed, c) The Spirit dwells in this part of man – see Identity. Just as the Hebrew OT does [cf. Hebrews 8:10, 10:16 citing Jeremiah 31:33; also Hebrews 4:12], Paul uses “mind or thinking” interchangeably with “innermost being/man” [Ephesians 3:16; Romans 2:29, 7:22, 8:23; 2 Corinthians 4:16] and interchangeably with “heart” [Romans 2:29, 5:5, 10:8-10], though sometimes he distinguishes them as Greeks would [Philippians 4:7; cf. Revelation 2:23], d) Ephesians 4:20-23, e) ana + kainosis, f) dokimazo: test, examine, or discern to demonstrate or prove something is acceptable, genuine, approved, good, and approved.
As a Christian musicians, can you see that the Spirit of Christ is now our “One Teacher” per Matthew 23:8 (see Teach One Another – BT10) of our new inner man/being/mind/heart, and this alone is the means/instrument by which we can be ongoingly refreshed and radically renovated within in order to be metamorphically transformed by the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of Christ, and this alone is how we will discern or scrutinize what the will of God really is and actually have the enabling-power to put on the fresh clothes (behaviors) of the new self? Again, there is nothing here about reading, studying, memorizing scripture and then being determined to do it!
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