Biblical Concept: Mind

 

(Underlines and parentheses are mine.)

 

Mind and spiritual maturity:

 

NAS Romans 12:1 I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (The spiritually mature have spiritually renewed their mind.)

 

NAS Ephesians 4:21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, (The spiritually mature have an attitude of improvement.)

 

NAS Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. (The spiritually mature have the proper spiritual focus.)

 

NAS Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. (The spiritually mature have the proper spiritual focus.)

 

NAS Romans 8:5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (The spiritually mature have the proper spiritual focus.)

 

NAS 2 Peter 3:1 This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, (The spiritually mature have a repetition of proper spiritual focus.)

 

NAS Psalm 16:7 I will bless the LORD who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. (An example of mental spiritual momentum, see vv.7-9)

 

NAS Proverbs 15:14 The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly. (The spiritually mature have the proper spiritual focus.)

 

NAS Proverbs 18:15 The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. (The spiritually mature have an attitude of improvement.) (The spiritually mature have the proper spiritual focus.)

 

NAS Proverbs 22:17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your mind to my knowledge; (The spiritually mature have an attitude of improvement.) (The spiritually mature have the proper spiritual focus.)

 

NAS Ecclesiastes 7:4 The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure. (The serious wise and the laughing fool.)

 

NAS Isaiah 26:3 "The steadfast of mind Thou wilt keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in Thee. (An example of mental spiritual momentum.)

 

NAS Mark 12:30 AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.' (An example of mental spiritual momentum.) (The spiritually mature have the proper spiritual focus.)

 

NAS 1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (An example of mental spiritual momentum.) (The spiritually mature have the proper spiritual focus.)

 

Mind and Godís omniscience:

 

NAS 1 Chronicles 28:9 "As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.(Believers miss, forget, ignore, put out of mind, and rationalize the obvious: we cannot hide our mind from God.)

 

NAS Nehemiah 2:12 And I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. I did not tell anyone what my God was putting into my mind to do for Jerusalem and there was no animal with me except the animal on which I was riding.

 

NAS Psalm 7:9 O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds.

 

NAS Luke 24:45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, (Resurrected Jesus for the disciples.)

 

NAS Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.(Divine Spiritual empowerment for the Believer.)

 

NAS Hebrews 8:10 "FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS, AND I WILL WRITE THEM UPON THEIR HEARTS. AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. (A millennial passage concerning the spiritual resuscitation of Israel.)

 

NAS Revelation 2:23 'And I will kill her children with pestilence; and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. (A great tribulation passage for the benefit of church Thyatira.)

 

NAS Psalm 7:9 O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds.

 

NAS Proverbs 16:9 The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps. (Volition + Divine guidance.)

 

NAS 1 Kings 4:29 Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore.Cp. James 1:5

 

Mind and flesh:

 

NAS Romans 7:23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind, and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. (War between our spiritual mind and our nature to sin.)

 

NAS Romans 8:6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so; (Fleshly or spiritual mindset.)

 

NAS Ephesians 2:3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. (Unbelievers: Mind dominated by flesh.)

 

Mind malfunction:

 

NAS Romans 1:28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, (Rejection of God consciousness = unbeliever mental malfunction.)

 

NAS Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind,(Attitude of improvement overcomes mind malfunction.)

 

NAS Colossians 1:21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, (Unbelievers, hostile in mind.)

 

NAS Colossians 2:18 Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, (The relationship between religion and mental malfunction.)

 

NAS 1 Timothy 6:5 and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.(The relationship between religion and mental malfunction.)

 

NAS Titus 1:15 To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.(The relationship between religion and mental malfunction.)

 

NAS Mark 8:33 But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter, and * said, "Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God's interests, but man's."(The relationship between religion and mental malfunction.)

 

NAS Job 15:35 "They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity, And their mind prepares deception."Compare Psalm 36:1-4.

 

NAS Psalm 83:5 For they have conspired together with one mind; Against Thee do they make a covenant: (Nations who conspired against Israel and Israelís God.)Compare Psalm 2:1-3.

 

NAS Proverbs 12:8 A man will be praised according to his insight, But one of perverse mind will be despised. Compare Psalm 36:1-4.

NAS Proverbs 17:20 He who has a crooked mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.

 

NAS Proverbs 18:2 A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.

 

NAS Ecclesiastes 2:23 Because all his days his task is painful and grievous; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is vanity.(See the following context, 2:24-26, which concerns getting oriented to God and enjoying life.

 

NAS Proverbs 24:2 For their minds devise violence, And their lips talk of trouble.Compare Psalm 36:1-4.

 

NAS Jeremiah 14:14 Then the LORD said to me, "The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds. (The relationship between religion and mental malfunction.)

 

NAS Acts 14:2 But the Jews who disbelieved stirred up the minds of the Gentiles, and embittered them against the brethren. (Events in Iconium.)(The relationship between religion and mental malfunction.)

 

NAS 2 Corinthians 3:14 But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. (The relationship between religion and mental malfunction.)

 

NAS 2 Corinthians 4:4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (Angelic Conflict and minds.)

 

NAS 2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. (Angelic Conflict and minds.)

 

NAS Philippians 3:19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. (Reversionistic walk.)

 

NAS Jeremiah 14:14 Then the LORD said to me, "The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds. (The relationship between religion and mental malfunction.)

 

Miscellaneous:

 

NAS Isaiah 29:24 "And those who err in mind will know the truth, And those who criticize will accept instruction. (A millennial passage concerning the spiritual resuscitation of Israel.)

 

NAS 1 Corinthians 14:19 however, in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind, that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.

 


NAS Psalm 36:1 {For the choir director. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD.} Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart; There is no fear of God before his eyes. 2 For it flatters him in his own eyes, Concerning the discovery of his iniquity and the hatred of it. 3 The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good. 4 He plans wickedness upon his bed; He sets himself on a path that is not good; He does not despise evil.

 

NAS James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

 

NAS Psalm 2:1 Why are the nations in an uproar, And the peoples devising a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth take their stand, And the rulers take counsel together Against the LORD and against His Anointed: 3 "Let us tear their fetters apart, And cast away their cords from us!"

 

NAS Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen, that it is from the hand of God. 25 For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him? 26 For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who is good in God's sight. This too is vanity and striving after wind.

 

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