Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Frame your mind on the things above, not upon the earth, for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. – Colossians 3:1-3
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Astounded, to God, A Saved Frame of Mind to You, 2 Corinthians 5:13
Astounded – To Stand Out From
The Devout Jews in Jerusalem Hearing the Galileans Speak in Their Dialect, Acts 2:7
Simon the Magician astounding the people of Samaria, Acts 8:9
Simon the Magician’s Seeing the Signs and Wonders Phillip Did in Samaria, Acts 8:13
The Jews with Peter at Cornelius’ House, Acts 10:45
Peter Knocking at the Door of Mary’s House, Acts 12:16
Astounded Is Primarily Used in the Gospels and the Book of Acts
Being Astounded is a feeling or showing of great surprise or wonder
Does not mean to be out of one’s mind
The Jews Concerning Jesus Being Insane, John 10:19-21
Paul Speaking Truth to Festus, Acts 26:24-25
Seeing Something That Blows the Mind
Our Astonishment is Towards God
Towards Others, Having a Sound Frame of Mind, 2 Corinthians 5:13
Having a Saved Frame of Mind
Young Men are to Have a Saved Frame of Mind, Titus 2:6-8
The End is Near So We All Should Have A Saved Frame of Mind, 1 Peter 4:7
The Framing of the Mind is What Boundaries We Set on Our Mind
We Are to Frame Our Minds on The Things Above, Colossians 3:1-2
Not Having a High Frame of Mind Concerning Yourself, Romans 12:3
Having the Same Frame of Mind as Christ, Philippians 2:5-8
What Paul is Expressing to Us is Not Astounding, For With the Holy Spirit We Can Understand
So that since someone is in Christ, a new creation (κτίσις), archaic things have passed away, behold, all things have become new – 2 Corinthians 5:17
This is a very important verse when it comes to understanding what God did in the resurrection of Christ and the creation of the Church, yet, due to very poor translations is often completely misunderstood. Frequently “he is” is inserted into the translation, even though there is no support for its addition. Other translations change the word from creation to creature. κτίσις is creation (Mark 10:6), κτίσμα is the result of creation – a creature (1 Timothy 4:4). By misrepresenting the words used in the original language and adding in additional words, many translations imply that we become either a new creation or a new creature. However, Scripture states that the Christ is the new creation.
It was Christ who died for all so that we who live should live not for ourselves but for Him who died and rose again on our behalf (2 Corinthians 5:15).
The Christ is God’s new creation in which Christ is the head and the Church is the body.
For just as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of the body, being many are one body, thus also is the Christ – 1 Corinthians 12:12
For He Himself is our peace, the one making both one and tearing down the partition of the wall, the enmity in His flesh, having rendered ineffective the law of commandments in ordinances, in order that He should create of the two in Himself unto one new man, making peace – Ephesians 2:14-15
And put in subjection all things under […]
For our weapons of warfare are not fleshly, but inherent ability by the God towards the tearing down of strongholds, casting down logics and every high thing lifting itself up against the knowledge of the God and bringing every thought into captivity into the obedience of the Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
Within our mind we can build up strongholds that are very difficult to overcome. These can be false beliefs or temptations like living by law, speaking in tongues, drinking alcohol, pornography, lying, stealing or anything else that holds us. Often these strongholds are built with the help of others who influence what we believe and how we perceive life. However, when they come up against the knowledge of God, we struggle to overcome them.
Dealing with what goes through our minds can be very difficult when we are not using the methods provided for us in Christ. Our battle is not fleshly, it is spiritual, it is a battle for the mind, and this is why it is important for us to frame our minds correctly. Remember, framing the mind is about setting a proper boundary around who you are and what you allow to remain in your mind. As Christians our frame of mind needs to be on the things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above where the Christ is seated at the right hand of the God, Frame your mind of the things above, not the things upon the earth – Colossians 3:1, 2
Having this frame of mind, we can then compare the thoughts in our mind with whether or not they fit and if they […]
Law has been something humans have always struggled with. Using law to justify themselves before God, make society better, or look good before others. Law at its essence is good, for it seeks to do what is righteous. Criminals are punished and the innocent are protected. However, in reality this does not work out that way. Criminal end up making laws that overlook or cover up their wickedness and the innocent are punished, there is no justice. The reason is that all humans have a corruption within them that negatively reacts to law. This is the same issue we face in our Christian life when we try to live by law.
So then indeed the law is holy, and the commandment is holy even righteous and good. – Romans 7:12
It is good, but the issue is our sin nature uses it against us.
For the sin [nature] taking opportunity through the commandment deceived me and through it (the commandment) it killed. – Romans 7:11
So, how do we overcome this and do what is right?
For sin will not rule you, for you are not under law but under grace. – Romans 6:14
God freed us from the law so that we could live in newness of spirit, not in the oldness of the letter
But now we have been rendered ineffective from the law, having died in which we were being held, so that we are slaves in newness of spirit and not to oldness of letter. – Romans 7:6
Because of this, if we obey His commandment we are free from law. He instructed us to love one another, referring to other Christians, as He has loved us. For by this others will know that we are His disciples, […]