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!
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.