Biblical Concept: Thought, thinking

 

Biblical Conclusions on thinking and thoughts:

 

Good thinking = faithful thoughts, Christ centered thinking, think low of self, thoughts of Christ as the Warrior Conqueror, thinking with a Divine perspective on time, spiritual maturity = mature spiritual thinking, Godís omniscient thinking, an omniscient God over your thoughts, application of Bible Doctrine, thinking Biblical spiritual thoughts, thinking with your conscience, a relationship with God = a good human psychology, Godís omniscient thoughts = comfort, the relationship between righteousness and good thinking, the relationship between an attitude of improvement and good thinking.

 

Bad thinking = earth oriented, lowering God, group think, religious thinking, defective religious thinking,polytheistic religious intellectualism, weak thinking of the weak believer, a human nature to sin = evil thoughts, illogical spiritual thinking, a rejection of God consciousness, an evil group-think of nations against Israel, ignorance of Godís thoughts, thoughtless speaking.

 

(The bold and parentheses are mine.)

 

NAS Psalm 49:11 Their inner thought is, that their houses are forever, And their dwelling places to all generations; They have called their lands after their own names. (The thoughts of the earth oriented rich.)

 

NAS Psalm 50:21 "These things you have done, and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you, and state the case in order before your eyes. (The thoughts of those who lower God.)

 

NAS Psalm 64:6 They devise injustices, saying, "We are ready with a well-conceived plot"; For the inward thought and the heart of a man are deep. (See the evil group-think of 64:1-6.)

 

NAS Ecclesiastes 5:2 Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few. (The vanity of religious thoughts and words.)

 

NAS Mark 5:28 For she thought, "If I just touch His garments, I shall get well." (Faithful thoughts: see 5:21-34.)

 

NAS Acts 8:20 But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!(Peter to the new believer Simon the magician.)

 

NAS Acts 17:29 "Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. (Paul to the polytheistic religious intellectuals of Athens: Religion leads to defective thinking.See 17:16-29.)

 

NAS Acts 26:9 "So then, I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. (Paul to King Agrippa: recounting that religion blinds thinking.)

 

NAS 2 Corinthians 10:5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, (A goal of Christian Way of Life: Christ centered thinking.See the war context of 10:3-5.)

 

NAS Job 35:2 "Do you think this is according to justice? Do you say, 'My righteousness is more than God's'? (Elihu to Job: think low of self.)

 

NAS Ezekiel 11:5 Then the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and He said to me, "Say, 'Thus says the LORD," So you think, house of Israel, for I know your thoughts. (Misguided group-think of Israel before the Babylonian invasion: see 11:1-12.)

 

NAS Matthew 10:34 "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. (Part of Jesusí instructions as He commissioned the Twelve. See 10:5.) (Think Christ the Warrior Conqueror.)

 

NAS Matthew 24:44 "For this reason you be ready too; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. (See Acts 1:6-8 for instructions about time and thinking.)

 

NAS Matthew 26:66 what do you think? "They answered and said," He is deserving of death!" (Jesus trial before the high priest: Religious group-think killed Jesus.)

 

NAS John 5:39 "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me; (Jesus to the Jews: Religion leads to defective spiritual thinking.)

 

NAS John 16:2 "They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. (Religion leads to defective religious thinking. Compare Acts 26:9 above.)

 

NAS Romans 2:4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?(Religion leads to defective spiritual thinking and lowering God.)

 

NAS Romans 12:3 For through the grace given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. (See 12:3-8 for humble use of spiritual gifts.) (Think low of self.)

 

NAS Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, (Do not think low of God.)

 

NAS 1 Corinthians 14:20 Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be babes, but in your thinking be mature. (Spiritual maturity = mature spiritual thinking.)

 

NAS Romans 14:14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. (The weak thinking of the weak believer.)

 

NAS 1 Corinthians 2:11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.(Godís omniscient thinking.)

 

NAS 1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become foolish that he may become wise. (Think low of self.)

 

NAS 1 Corinthians 10:12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.(Think low of self.)

 

NAS 1 Corinthians 14:37 If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Lord's commandment.(Think: Apostle over other gifts.)

 

NAS Galatians 6:3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.(Think low of self.)

 

NAS James 1:26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless.(Thinking religion versus doing religion.) (Think: application of Bible Doctrine.)

 

NAS Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Think: Omniscient God over your thoughts.)

 

NAS 1 Corinthians 2:13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. (Think spiritual thoughts.)

 

NAS Romans 2:15 in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness, and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, (The relationship between thought and conscience.) (Contrast 1 Timothy 4:2a and a seared conscience.)

 

NAS Luke 2:35 and a sword will pierce even your own soul-- to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed."(A prophecy about the baby Jesus: Jesus reveals thoughts of hearts.)

 

NAS Luke 1:51 "He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.(Think low of self.See Maryís comments in 1:46-55.)

 

÷NAS Luke 6:8 But He knew what they were thinking, and He said to the man with the withered hand, "Rise and come forward!" And he rose and came forward.(See 6:6-11 for religion over good thinking.)

NAS Luke 9:47 But Jesus, knowing what they were thinking in their heart, took a child and stood him by His side,(See 9:43-48, for religion over good thinking.)

 

NAS Mark 7:21 "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, (The human nature to sin = evil thoughts.)

 

NAS Matthew 12:25 And knowing their thoughts He said to them, "Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself shall not stand.(See 12:24-26, an example of illogical spiritual thinking.)

 

NAS Matthew 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, "Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? (The human nature to sin = evil thoughts.)

 

NAS Genesis 6:5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.(The human nature to sin = evil thoughts.) (Evil group think.)

 

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.(Think: Omniscient God over your thoughts.)

 

NAS Psalm 10:4 The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, "There is no God."(Some human natures to sin reject God consciousness.)

 

NAS Psalm 40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which Thou hast done, And Thy thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with Thee; If I would declare and speak of them, They would be too numerous to count. (Godís omniscient thoughts.)

 

NAS Psalm 56:5 All day long they distort my words; All their thoughts are against me for evil.(The human nature to sin = evil thoughts.)

 

NAS Psalm 92:5 How great are Thy works, O LORD! Thy thoughts are very deep.(Godís omniscient thoughts.)

 

NAS Psalm 94:11 The LORD knows the thoughts of man, That they are a mere breath.(Think: Omniscient God over your thoughts.)

 

NAS Psalm 94:19 When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Thy consolations delight my soul.(A relationship with God = a good human psychology.)

 

NAS Psalm 139:17 How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! (Godís omniscient thoughts = comfort.)

 

NAS Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;(Think: Omniscient God over your thoughts.)

 

NAS Proverbs 12:5 The thoughts of the righteous are just, But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. (The relationship between righteousness and good thinking.)

 

NAS Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.(The relationship between attitude of improvement and good thinking.)

 

NAS Isaiah 55:8 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways," declares the LORD. 9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.(Godís omniscient thoughts: Do not lower God.)

 

NAS Isaiah 59:7 Their feet run to evil, And they hasten to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; Devastation and destruction are in their highways.(The human nature to sin = evil thoughts.)

 

NAS Isaiah 65:2 "I have spread out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, Who walk in the way which is not good, following their own thoughts,(The human nature to sin = evil thoughts.)

 

NAS Jeremiah 4:14 Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem, That you may be saved. How long will your wicked thoughts Lodge within you?(The relationship between attitude of improvement and good thinking.)

 

NAS Ezekiel 11:5 Then the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and He said to me, "Say, 'Thus says the LORD," So you think, house of Israel, for I know your thoughts.(See 11:1-12 for evil group-think.)

 

NAS Ezekiel 38:10 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "It will come about on that day, that thoughts will come into your mind, and you will devise an evil plan, (A great tribulation war context: An evil group-think of nations against Israel.)

 

NAS Amos 4:13 For behold, He who forms mountains and creates the wind And declares to man what are His thoughts, He who makes dawn into darkness And treads on the high places of the earth, The LORD God of hosts is His name.(Think: Omniscient God over your thoughts.)

 

NAS Micah 4:12 "But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD, And they do not understand His purpose; For He has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor.(See 4:9-13, great tribulation for nations gathered against Israel, ignorant of Godís thoughts.)

 

NAS Leviticus 5:4 'Or if a person swears thoughtlessly with his lips to do evil or to do good, in whatever matter a man may speak thoughtlessly with an oath, and it is hidden from him, and then he comes to know it, he will be guilty in one of these.(The human nature to sin = evil thoughts = thoughtless speaking.)

 

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