A. Those of us in Christ have a renewed thinking (Colossians 3:10).
- The word translated renewed in Colossians 3:10 [ἀνακαινόω] is defined as: “to renovate: — renew. To cause to grow up, new, to make new; new strength and vigour is given to one; to be changed into a new kind of life as opposed to the former corrupt state” (Strong’s # 341).
- That renewed way of thinking takes us from conforming to the world, or to our way, to conforming to the will of God (Romans 12:1-3).
- There is a clear distinction in the thinking of a babe from that of a mature saint (Hebrews 5:13-14).
- This NEVER justifies someone sinning, overlooking sin, doing something in sinful ignorance, etc. (I Corinthians 15:34, James 2:10-12, and I John 3:1-10).
II. Body: Step Back, Take a Second Look (II Corinthians 10:1-18).
A. Dealing first with this context… Had they stepped back and taken a second look at Paul, they could have considered his fruit (Matthew 7:15-20).
- Paul’s fruit showed he didn’t walk after the flesh (I Corinthians 7:1-8; 7:32-33 and Philippians 3:4-11).
- Paul wasn’t just bold in writing (Acts 17:1-6 and Acts 19:8).
- Paul wasn’t out to be a public orator (I Corinthians 2:1-16).
- Paul wasn’t a boaster, didn’t seek man’s approval, and he certainly was not out for himself (I Corinthians 4:1-21).
- The Corinthians should have been able to examine things more maturely, but they failed. Would they take a second look and start with looking at themselves first (II Corinthians 13:1-10)? If they did, they would find the conclusions they made about Paul were VERY wrong. What else should that tell them?
- If we find our thinking is not right on something, we have to get to the heart of that incorrect thinking and consider what other areas may be affected thereby (ex. I Corinthians 3:1-3; cf. James 3:16).
- At the same time, wrong thinking on something(s) doesn’t mean you’re wrong on everything. Corinth had a lot of problems because of their carnal thinking; but they weren’t wrong on all things (II Corinthians 7:7-11 and II Corinthians 9:1-2).
- I say that because, we don’t want to become such as whom take so many second looks that we become double minded (James 1:8) and of a doubtful mind (Luke 12:29). We can be sure of things (I John 5:13; 5:20).
- The ability to grow, pace, cap, etc.; is not the same for all of us (Matthew 25:14-30 and Luke 12:48).
- Growth in knowledge, understanding, etc. doesn’t mean you were sinning before (I Corinthians 13:8-13).
- As you experience things, the information you have learned will come to life in different ways, though the truth remains unchanged. Even the most knowledgable gain understanding through experience (Hebrews 4:14-5:9).
- We should be humble enough to know that we can keep learning endlessly in this life (I Thessalonians 4:1-2).
- Being willing to think again must be balanced. You cannot embrace new conclusions on things settled in the Scriptures (Proverbs 23:23, Colossians 1:23, and I John 2:24), but must be willing to be better at doing the right things the best way (Philippians 1:9-10).
- If any or all of us were to err, we’d need to be able to rethink things to bring about the process of repentance (Ezekiel 18:27-28).
III. Conclusion: Work on knowing better tomorrow than you do today (Proverbs 9:9).
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