Dear Fellow Believers in Christ, (Either it is Christ with the Renewed Mind or Us with the Unrenewed Mind)
Paul clearly writes Romans 5, 6, 7, & 8 to Sprirt rebirthed, born again sons? What are the four (4) important things that Paul declares that Christ put to death on the cross? What are the spiritual transformations in a rebirthed son as the Spirit rebirthing? What are the things that are continually being renewed in the mind and the soul? What part does revelation and reckoning play in mind renewal? How is the body of sin rendered powerless in a Spirit rebirthed son? What is the dual mind of a rebirthed son? Holy Spirit we always look to you to teach, reveal, and renew our minds to the fullness of Christ in us.
THE DUAL MIND OF REBIRTHED SONS
"For those that are ever being according to the flesh, ever mind the things of the flesh, but those according to the Spirit ever mind the things of the Spirit. For the mind of the flesh ever is death; but the mind of the Spirit ever is life and peace" (Rom. 8:5,6, expanded Greek translation).
First, Paul is Focusing on Truth to Rebirthed Sons in Romans 5, 6, 7 and 8
Without question, Paul is speaking to the brethren in this entire passage of Romans Chapters 5, 6, 7 and 8. Rebirthed sons are the ones being discussed as "justified by faith" and that have "peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom. 5:1). Rebirthed sons are "alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom. 6:11). Paul is clearly addressing this entire passage to the "brethren" (Rom. 7:1). Also, the rebirthed sons are the ones in whom the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ dwell (Rom. 8:9). "Rightly dividing the word of truth" (II Tim. 2:15) within this entire passage, that speaks of things regarding rebirthed sons, properly focuses our minds on the things of the Spirit. This provides the Holy Spirit fertile ground for the renewing of our minds with His confirmation of the Word of Truth. Paul determines that we should focus our minds on "Jesus Christ and Him crucified" (I Cor. 2:2). Let us view Him crucified.
Second, Christ was Prepared and Obedient to the Father to Go to the Cross
Christ was first "born of a woman" (Gal. 4:4), so that he would have a human body, yet without sin or knowing sin (II Cor. 5:21). Christ was "born under the law" (Gal. 4:4), in order that He might fulfil every ordinance of the law without sin. When Christ went to the Garden of Gethsemene, He partook of the cup of obedience to the Father's will to go to the cross. While there is much discussion about other contents of this cup, the scriptures confirm nothing more or less, than Christ's obedience to the Father's will to go to the cross (Matt. 26:39). In all purity, sinless Jesus was put on the cross, still in close fellowship with His Father. In all purity, Christ asked the Father to forgive His crucifiers, and assured the one thief that he would be with Him that day in Paradise (Luke 23:34,43).
Third, Christ as the Spotless Lamb Put to Death 4 Things on the Cross
However, when Christ was on the cross from the sixth hour until the ninth hour, there was darkness over all the earth (Luke 23:44; Matt. 27:45). This is the time that the Father upon made Him, to be sin for us (II Cor. 5:21). It does not say that any sin ever went into Christ. The Greek word is eipoiesen which means upon made or to be covered upon. The Father put everything of and about sin upon Christ to bear or carry on the cross for us. When the eternal spotless Lamb – Christ was put to death, the original "sin" (Rom. 5:12,18) of the "old man" Adam (Rom. 6:6) was completely put to death. "All trespasses and sins of man" (past, present, and future) were put on the cross (Col. 2:13; Eph. 1:7) and put to death along with "the Law" (Eph. 2:15; Col. 2:14). Christ had already fulfilled the Law without sin in the Mary body of Jesus of Nazareth. Christ's shed blood and death as the spotless and sinless Lamb reconciled us to the Father.
Fourth, Rebirthed Sons are Complete in Christ in the Spirit in All Things
Since Christ did everything He did by "the eternal Spirit" (Hebr. 9:14), this became an eternal sacrifice. As a result, we have obtained an "eternal redemption" (Hebr. 9:12) and an "eternal inheritance" (Hebr. 9:15). His bodily resurrection is an eternal bodily resurrection. At our Spiritual rebirthing, the Holy Spirit baptizes believers into the Body of Christ. Rebirthed sons receive a Spiritual exchange. Everything in the spirit from the corruptible word and nature that we received from Satan through Adam's original sin is exchanged with everything eternal of Christ in the Spirit. "We are complete in Him" (Col. 2:10) and He is complete in us with His fullness to fill us (Eph. 1:23).
Fifth, Rebirthed Sons are Not Yet Complete in Mind and Body
Rebirthed sons still have an unrenewed mind that focuses in on fleshly, temporal, or earthly things. Our earthly body is still here that can express these things of the unrenewed mind should we chose to obey that unrenewed mind that is contrary to the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:7). The unrenewed mind with corresponding body expression is defined as "the body of sin" (Rom. 6:6). "Knowing continually this, that our old man was once then co-crucified with Him, in order that the body of sin might once then be rendered powerless, that we are to no longer continually serve sin" (Rom. 6:6, expanded Greek translation). The old man and the original sin of Adam, with all of its spiritual consequences, were put to death upon the cross with Christ. Without a renewed and obedient mind, the body of sin will be re-employed in us. We still have a temporal earthly body and it will not be exchanged to a glorified body until one split second after death (II Cor. 5:1-4). Our temporal earthly mind was not put to death on the cross either, but is being renewed or exchanged throughout life by the Holy Spirit. Operating out of the unrenewed mind, we can still express sin and death.
Sixth, Revelation and Reckoning Renews and Releases Rebirthed Sons
We need revelation by the Holy Spirit that the old man was put to death on the cross (Rom. 6:6). As a result of this revelation, we "reckon" ourselves "to be dead indeed to sin, but ever alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom. 6:11). The Holy Spirit uses this Divine truth to renew our mind. Obedience to the revelation and reckoning releases us from the body of sin in order that it might be rendered powerless, down from work, or unemployed in us. Within the limits of the sovereignty of God, He has left His rebirthed sons choices to make for their love fellowship with Him. His Spirit in us will express the eternal love flow for others.
Seventh, The Dual Mind of Rebirthed Sons Can Choose Sin or Christ
James tells us that a "double-minded" or "double-souled" brother is unstable in all his ways, and doubtful to receive anything from the Lord (Jas. 1:7,8). Paul clearly tells us, "For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace" (Rom.8:6). There are dual focuses possible with the mind of the rebirthed sons. The unrenewed or carnal mind can easily focus and choose to allow the body of sin re-employment and an expression of sin and death in this world. The renewed mind of the Spirit will always focus and choose to be an expression of love and life in this world. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom. 6:23). While this verse is certainly a strong salvation verse, remember that in context, this verse is the summary related to the two choices of the mind of the rebirthed sons of God.