Renewed in the Spirit of the Mind
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:23
and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, (ESV)
What is the nature of the new life of the Christian? From his sermon on Ephesians 4:23, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says the renewal of the mind by the power of the Holy Spirit transforms man’s most central faculty. This is what the Apostle Paul calls the renewal in the spirit of the mind. This transformation is not simply a repair of men’s minds, but it is a Spirit empowered supernatural recreation of what the fall and sin has corrupted and distorted. This does not mean that fallen men are not as smart as Christians, or that only Christians can know truth. But this transformation allows the new man to see the fingers of God in all life. It is a new orientation towards the same world that both Christians and none Christians live in. This does not mean that when the minds of sinful man are renewed, they immediately become more intelligent, but this Spiritual renewal allows him to see the gross nature of sin and the glorious love of God. The Spirit transforms the men from the inside to the outside. This new man lives in accordance with godliness because he has been renewed by the power of the Gospel!