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Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I woke up one morning with these words in my heart, ". . . be
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
Ekklesia,
renewed
in the spirit of your mind;"
(bold added). When I could, I looked it up to find the reference. It was Ephesians 4:23. Because Ephesians and Colossians parallel so many subjects, I looked for a similar passage. Colossians 3:10 says, "And have put on the new
man
, which is
renewed
in knowledge after the image of him that created him:" (bold added).
Be renewed in the spirit of your mind. Be renewed in knowledge after the image of our Creator. Following this thought, I looked for other passages which speaks about renewing. Paul tells us, "For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward
man
is
renewed
day by day" (2 Corinthians 4:16; bold added).
Paul tells us in Romans 12:2: "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the
renewing
of your mind, that ye may prove what
is
that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (bold added). Paul writes in Titus, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and
renewing
of the Holy Ghost;" (Titus 3:5; bold added).
David cries, "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me" (Psalm 51:10). Isaiah records, "But they that wait upon the LORD shall
renew
their
strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary,
and
they shall walk, and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31; bold added).
What does this tell us? We are renewed in the spirit of our mind (our thinking). We are renewed according to knowledge of our Creator and Lord and Savior, the agent of creation. We must be renewed daily in order to not faint (not lose heart). Renewing is an act of the Holy Ghost. We must cry out to God and wait on Him. Yes, Lord. Yes.