This is not a second part to our last post but again, we can interchange “the Christian Faith” with “the Gospel.”
The Christian faith is the effect of “the gospel” on the mental state of a follower of Christ.
Every religion has its power over the human mind. We see this example in those who are willing to destroy themselves while destroying others.
The Gospel ~ the good news of Jesus Christ ~ has the power to change the mind and enables a person to think differently. A person who is brought under the authority of the Word of God changes their direction from the natural state of destruction to a spiritual state of an abundant life here and forever ~ a new life we desire for others.
The gospel ~ read and preached from the Holy Bible ~ changes the whole mindset and fixes it on Jesus Christ.
Every religion has a figurehead, someone who instigated and orchestrated the religion according to his beliefs.
None make the same claims as Jesus Christ and they are too many for us to copy for this post. Reading God’s Word reveals these claims; and should the Spirit of God move in the heart of the reader or the hearer of God’s Word, their hearts and minds will be changed.
The same power of the Spirit that inspired its writing is the same power that works in the reader and hearer.
“For prophecy never came by the will of man,
but holy men of God spoke
as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
2 Peter 1:21
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world,
but the Spirit who is from God,
that we might know the things
that have been freely given to us by God.”
1 Corinthians 2:12
It is the Spirit of God that reveals what was written centuries ago.
We have no power of our own to change our minds or our lives. We must have a new heart and a new spirit that accepts the new power of the Spirit of God that turns the mind and the life in a new direction.
When Jesus said, ““Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God,” he was drawing on the promises from the Old Testament.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you;
I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh
and give you a heart of flesh.
“I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts;
and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
Reading from God’s Word moves the meaning of the words from the page to the mind. The mind then works to bring the actions of what is written.
None of this is new. What any person watches, listens to, and reads will shape their minds and their behavior. Their lives witness to what they know and believe.
Such is the mentality of those whose lives are shaped by the reading and hearing of God’s Word.
As Paul states in 1 Corinthians 2:13,
“These things we also speak,
not in words which man’s wisdom teaches
but which the Holy Spirit teaches,
comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
The Centrality of our Faith
The Christian faith is centered on Christ. The centrality of the gospel is Jesus Christ. Because He was the power of creation and in person revealing the kingdom of God, He is the power to reveal Himself and draw us to Him. Because He is now ruling in power at the right of God, He is the power to give us eternal life; to turn us from our own evil nature to follow Him.
Because He lives forever, He has the power to keep us now and forever with Him. His Spirit is His power here on earth to finish the work of redemption for, in, and through His people.
We cannot be too emphatic when we say that the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is powerful to change our whole being. By the way we think, we live. When our minds are filled with the truths of Christ we become new creatures (2 Cor. 5:17)
We must read and pray for the Holy Spirit to move in our hearts to keep us in His Word, seeking His kingdom and His righteousness.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly
above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that works in us,”
Dear Father in heaven, we praise you for the power of your Spirit to draw us to your written Word and through your written Word to reveal Christ your Son. Do your work today in the hearts and lives of your people. By your grace, make us a channel of blessing to others for your glory and our joy. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.