If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
If your mind is not aligned to Jesus’ sound instruction, you understand nothing! Your mind is corrupt! You will see the ‘’fruit’’ of conceitedness, unhealthy interests, controversies, quarrelling, envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions, constant friction….. The list just goes on and on!
2 Tim 3:8
Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected.
Their folly will be clear to everyone
If you oppose the truth of Jesus, your mind is depraved of truth and your folly will become clear to everyone. Your mind can be depraved of truth, depraved of faith, depraved of wisdom. Have you ever seen someone who talks on and on about things that are not true? They can argue themselves into a knot. For me that is folly. I don’t know about you, but I do not want to be full of folly.
To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.
Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honour and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and godless in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened.
Not taking Jesus’ truth will darken your mind and your mind will become futile. A dark mind can lead to your mind becoming agnostic towards God
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour
Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud.
Another aspect of a mind not renewed, is pride. Pride in earthly things.
But all of this can also lead to the temptation of unnatural sexual desires. The whole of chapter one in the book Romans talks about this.
Furthermore, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, He gave them up to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.
May God never give up on me! It takes a lot for a loving father to give up on their children. It will take a lot for God, who is so loving towards us, to give up on us. Let us not tempt that fate!
So I tell you this, and testify to it in the Lord: You must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardness of their hearts. Having lost all sense of shame, they have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of very kind of impurity, with a craving for more.
Not only should we guard our hearts, but we need to guard our minds as well. We need to enlighten our understanding, otherwise we can get alienated from God and live in ignorance.
If your mind is not aligned to Jesus’ sound instruction, you understand nothing!
Not taking Jesus’ truth will darken your mind and your mind will become futile.
Another aspect of a mind not renewed, is pride.
Not only should we guard our hearts, but we need to guard our minds as well.
May the LORD bless you and keep you.
May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you
May He turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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