Keeping Yourself


J.M. Beatty

1st John 5:16-20 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I donot say that he shall pray for it. (17) All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. (18) We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. (19) And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. (20) And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. (KJV)

Unrighteousness is Sin

We are taught in these verses that all unrighteousness is sin, but that which is born of God doesn't sin. This statement creates a confusing paradox when we compare it to our own lives. We see sin in our lives, but we also see the hand of God. How do we solve this dilemma?

Godís Righteousness

To begin with let's define righteousness. Is righteousness simply right actions and motives? In the Old Testament there are 29 references establishing the fact that righteousness is the essence and substance of God. We are righteous before God when we allow Him to express Himself through us, and this action will result in right attitude and motive.

Ps 5:8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face. (KJV)

King David realized that Godís righteousness is the only thing that could lead him in a righteous way.

Ps 7:17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.

He also understood that true praise must emanate from Godís righteous-ness within us.

Ps 35:24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me. (KJV)

David also prayed for Godís righteousness to judge his life, because he didn't fear the judgment of God. In fact David realized that the meek God guides in judgment (Psa 25:9).

Ps 40:10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation. (KJV)

David understood that he had a responsibility to Godís righteousness, he would not hide it in his heart. David listed two activities that he engaged in order to prove this point: let me list them.

Unrighteous Motives

John 7:18 "He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. (NAS)

Jesus taught that the root of unrighteousness is our lust to seek our own personal glory and recognition.

Rom 1:18-19 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; (19) Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. (KJV)

Paul emphasized that true unrighteousness occurs when we hold the truth of God in an unrighteous fashion. We must understand that truth is not doctrine, it's the person of Jesus Christ. We hold the revelation of Jesus in contempt when we use His revelation for selfish gain and glory.

Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (KJV)

Unrighteousness is not an action it's an attitude. It's a process of yielding ourselves to the lusts of our own flesh, and not allowing Jesus Christ personal expression in us and through us.

I Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

There is a cleansing process we must endure in order to be free from the corruption of unrighteous attitudes.

Our lives are contaminated with unrighteousness when we yield to the lusts of our Old Man nature (Rom 6:6), and we frustrate the workings of the Holy Spirit to mature our New Man nature (Gal 2:21). Unrighteous-ness is not actions it's attitudes that frustrate the workings of God in us. Remember, all actions will have hidden attitudes.

Sin Not Unto Death

All unrighteousness is sin, but their is also sin that is not unto death. What a strange thought, isnít sin the same no matter the degree. Let's probe this concept.

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)

James 1:14-15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. (15) Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (KJV)

The wage of sin is death, but this death was paid for by Jesus. Would this fact solve the dilemma about certain sins that don't produce death. It's possible this fact would solve our paradox.

James emphasized that sin is not just a naughty action, it's a process of unrighteousness. Sin is living weeds in our spiritual lives that can choke out the word of God. Again, sin is more than action it's attitude.

I Jn 3:8-9 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (9) Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (KJV)

He that commits sin is of the devil; this is a sobering statement. Does this verse indicate that sin causes us to be the property of the devil? No, this verse doesn't have that application. When we sin we are being controlled and manipulated by the devil. It's important we remember this fact.

When we enter the family of God through the redemption of Jesus, the wage and penalty of sin is paid by Him. We have a new nature planted within us that is dedicated to the service of God. This nature cannot sin, because of it's relationship with God. But our old sinful nature can sin to the degree we yield to it.

Do these truths allow us to live in sin without the fear of sinful consequences? God forbid, No! When we allow sin in our lives we only frustrate our ability to grow in God.

Born of God

John continued in his discussion that whosoever is born of God doesn't sin. This statement is confusing when we compare it with our personal lives. Let's examine this principle in the Bible.

Old Man Nature

Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. (KJV)

Eph 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; (KJV)

Col 3:9-10 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; (10) And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: (KJV)

The Bible clearly teaches that we have a nature within us that is corrupt with deceitful lusts. This nature is called the Old Man nature which is the natural human nature of fallen man. Before we became Christian our basic human nature controlled our lives. This nature is corrupted with death and sin; it always seeks it's own selfish glory and interests.

When we walk in unrighteousness it's this nature that is expressing itself. We must never forget that this nature is crucified with Christ, but it's not dead. Our Old Man nature has freedom of expression as long as we allow it to express itself.

New Man Nature

2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (KJV)

Eph 4:21-24 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: (22) That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; (23) And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; (24) And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (KJV)

Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that create him: (KJV)

The Bible also teaches that all born again Christians are possessed with a new nature that is patterned after the image of Jesus Christ. This new nature is born of God, and is created in righteousness and true holiness. When we read in the Bible about that which is born of God cannot sin we assume it indicates our entire person (body, soul, and spirit), but this is not the case. Our New Man nature is the only part of us that cannot sin because of Godís presence, but our Old Man nature can and does sin. We never must forget that we have a freewill, and we can choose which nature has influence by our attitudes, motives, and actions. When we read in the Bible about those born of God not being able to sin, reference is being made to our New Man nature.

Keeping Ourselves

Keep - tereo (threi tay-reh'-o/5083); from teros (a watch; perhaps akin to 2334); to guard (from loss or injury, properly, by keeping the eye upon; and thus differing from 5442, which is properly to prevent escaping; and from 2892, which implies a fortress or full military lines of apparatus), i.e. to note (a prophecy; figuratively, to fulfil a command); by implication, to detain (in custody; figuratively, to maintain); by extension, to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively, to keep unmarried); by extension, to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively, to keep unmarried): KJV-- hold fast, keep (-er), (pre-, re-) serve, watch.

tereo- (Thayer Greek/English Lexicon)

to attend to carefully, to take care of

a) to guard

b) metaphorically, to keep, one in the state in which he is

c) to observe

d) to reserve: to undergo something

The writings of John now state that those saints who allow the New Nature of God to influence their freewill will keep themselves from the corruption of this world. Notice, it's our responsibility to maintain a watch over our spiritual condition. Our spiritual apathy indicates our ignorance concerning our personal responsibility. It also indicates our ignorant belief that God will ignore our compromise, and still do great spiritual things in our lives. We are responsible for our spiritual condition, we canít blame God, our church, or even our mother for our spiritual weakness and failure.

The Greek word "Tereo" provides for us clues as to why we maintain such a defeated spiritual condition. We are admonished to "Keep Ourselves" from the corruption of this world. Our actions speak louder than our words. We think we are keeping ourselves from the world by occasionally attending church on Sunday, but this is not the case. The Greek word "Tereo" clearly indicates an attentive watch, to guard with great care. It's a military term indicating the guard we would have over a fortress. It's also a guard we would have in order to prevent an escape of something. We must realize the seriousness of this concept.

We must maintain a serious guard against the lose of our spiritual vitality. We also must see our spiritual relationship with God as a fortress that we guard against the assaults of the devil.

Keeping Our Tongues

Ps 39:1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. (KJV)

Ps 119:101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.

Keeping Our Hearts

Prov 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues o life. (KJV)

Prov 4:23-27 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (24) Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. (25) Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. (26) Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. (27) Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil. (KJV)

Keeping Ourselves From the World

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Unspotted - aspilos (a&spilon as'-pee-los/784); from 1 (as a negative particle) and 4695; unblemished (physically or morally): KJV-- without spot, unspotted.

aspilos- (Thayer Greek/English Lexicon)

1) spotless

2) metaphorically,

a) free from censure, irreproachable

b) free from vice, unsullied

The saints of God must keep themselves unspotted from the corruption of the world. The world is full of lusts and desires that the carnal man hungers to experience. The peer-pressure of the world will also manipu-late the saint of God to deny his or her faith through compromise. Why must we be concerned about this world? Who is the prince of this world? The Bible emphatically teaches that Satan is the prince of this world. The spiritual atmosphere is patterned after his rebellion (Jh 12:31 14:30 16:11 Eph 2:2). We keep ourselves unspotted from the world by resisting the deceptive workings of Satan in our lives.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (KJV)

Satan, the Great Dragon is the one who has covered the entire world in the death shroud of his deception. When we touch the things of this world, Satanís deception clouds our minds with his lies. To remain unspotted from the world is to walk in the reality of the Spirit of Truth.

I Jn 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (17) And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (KJV)

The Apostle John taught that those who love the world don't have an understanding of the love of God, their Father. John listed three elements that is part of the deception of the world.

John warned his readers that the world will pass away, but only those who do the will of God shall abide forever. When we fail to keep ourselves from the deceptions of the world, we frustrate the love of God in us.

Armor of God

When we fortify ourselves in order to keep ourselves unspotted from the world, we are surrounding ourselves with the armour of God.

Rom 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. (KJV)

The Apostle Paul realized that the armour of God was composed of pure spiritual light. In order to put on Godís armour we must stand in His light. We can only do this through prayer.

2 Cor 6:7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

At another point, Paul referred to Godís armour as the armour of right-eousness. When we develop Godís righteousness in our lives we cloth ourselves in the armour of His righteousness. This is a very important point for us to understand. Satan has access to us only to the degree we manifest unrighteousness in our lives.

Eph 6:11-18 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (18) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (KJV)

The Apostle Paul even described each element of our spiritual armour. He admonished us to put on Godís armour in order for us to stand against the wiles (deceptions) of the devil. The greatest weapon in Satanís arsenal is the lie. Each element of Godís armour is designed to manifest the righteousness of Godís truth and expose Satanís lie.

We put on Godís armour by standing in His light, and allowing the light of God to expose the corruption of our secret sins (Psa 90:8). When we allow this to occur on a regular basis we develop His righteousness (Rom 1:17), and this action closes the doors of unrighteousness in our lives.

The Devilís Touch

Touch - haptomai (a%ptetai hap'-tom-ahee/680); reflexive of 681; properly, to attach oneself to, i.e. to touch (in many implied relations): KJV-- touch.

haptomai- (Thayer Greek/English Lexicon)

to fasten oneself to, to adhere to, to cling to

a) to touch

b) to kindle, set on fire

c) used of carnal intercourse with a women or cohabitation

d) used of levitical practice of having no fellowship with heathen practices. Things not to be touched appear to be both women and certain kinds of food. So, celibacy and abstinence of certain kinds of food and drink are recommended.

e) to touch, to assail anyone

haptomai- (Lexical Aids to the New Testament - by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D)

"Handling of an object as to exert a modifying influence upon it or upon oneself "

haptomai- (Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words)

to fasten to," hence, of fire, "to kindle," denotes

(a) "to touch

(b) "to cling to, lay hold of

(c) "to have carnal intercourse with a woman

(d) "to have fellowship and association with unbelievers

(e) (negatively) "to adhere to certain Levitical and ceremonial ordinances," in order to avoid contracting external defilement.

(f) "to assault," in order to sever the vital union between Christ and the believer.

haptomai- (Vincentís Word Studies of the New Testament)

"a touch which exerts a modifying influence upon an object "

The Greek word "Haptomai" has several applications that influence the direction of our lesson. Let's examine a few applications.

To Kindle, Set on Fire

James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. (KJV)

The Bible teaches us that the one member of our bodies that can be set on fire of hell is our tongues. Should we not keep a watch on our tongues, Satanís touch will enflame us to be his agents of gossip.

A Modifying Influence

2 Cor 4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: (4) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (KJV)

Satanís touch is a modifying influence on our lives. His goal is to corrupt our spiritual walk by exerting his influence. When we fail to respond to the word of God through unbelief, Satan has the ability to blind our minds to the truth. We think this verse only applies to unbelievers, but it also can apply to us. Our unbelief can blind our minds to the truth of divine revelation often found in the fresh wind of the Holy Spirit. Christians often reject the new revelations of God, because it challenges their humanistic doctrine. Should we believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues is of the devil, then our unbelief has blinded us to the truth in Jesus Christ.

In the Old Testament, clay is used as a symbol for the spiritual moldability for humanity, and that God is the master potter who can work the clay into any shape He desires (Isa 64:8 Jer 18:6). Satan also understands this truth, and his goal is to mold our lives through his manipulating touch. God uses the tool of righteousness to mold our lives, while Satan uses the corruption of unrighteousness.

To Assault

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

To understand Satanís primary attack strategy we must understand his basic personality. Jesus taught that Satan is a liar, and the truth is not in him. The primary weapon of Satanic spiritual assault is the lie. He assaults our minds with subtle lies, and these lies are powerful and cun-ning to deceive.

Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (KJV)

2 Cor 2:10-11 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; (11) Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (KJV)

We are warned to not be ignorant of the wiles and devices of Satan, lest he gain an advantage over us. In order for Satanís lie to have power it must have the fertile ground of unrighteousness to breed.

2 Cor 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (KJV)

The lie is designed to corrupt our minds from the truth found in Jesus.

2 Cor 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. (14) And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (15) Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (KJV)

II Th 2:8-10 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: (9) Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (10) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (KJV)

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (KJV)

Satan shrouds himself in pure deception and lie. He transforms himself into an angel of light, and he has enveloped the whole world with the deception of his lie. The Bible teaches that Satan is the prince of the power of the air (Eph 2:2). When we pray we must press through this atmosphere of pure satanic deception.

Carnal Intercourse

James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

James taught that friendship with the world is spiritual adultery. Those who are fond of the world are hostile to God. Friendship with the world corrupts the mind with satanic deception. A corrupted mind is insensitive to the movements of the Holy Spirit.

I Jn 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

lieth - keimai (keiÄtai ki'-mahee/2749); middle voice of a primary verb; to lie outstretched (literally or figuratively): KJV-- be (appointed, laid up, made, set), lay, lie. Compare 5087.

keimai- (Thayer Greek/English Lexicon)

1) to lie

a) used of an infant

b) used of one buried

c) used of things that quietly cover some spot; for example, a city situated on a hill

d) used of things put or set in any place, in reference to which we often use "to stand": of vessels, of a throne, of the site of a city, of grain and other things laid up together, of a foundation

2) metaphorically:

a) to be (by God's intent) set,, that is, destined, appointed

b) used of laws, to be made, to be laid down

c) lies in the power of the Evil One,, that is, is held in subjection by the Devil

John taught in our theme text that the whole world is held in the power of Satan, the Wicked One. When we identify with the world system we are open to the touch of the wicked one. Much of traditional religious thinking is corrupted by worldly wisdom, therefore Satan, the Wicked One, can touch any congregation caught in this trap. Churches are not immune from satanic touch, when they are governed by worldly principles, pride and government.

Giving Place

Eph 4:27 Neither give place to the devil. (KJV)

1 Pet 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (KJV)

In our theme text, John taught that those who keep themselves the wicked one cannot touch them. This is a powerful statement when we compare it to our frustrated spiritual lives. Satan can only have access to our lives to the degree we give him access. He can only follow the path of unright-eousness. Satan roams the world seeking whom he may devour; he seeks for the corrupting stench of unrighteousness.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (KJV)

Christians believe that by quoting this scripture to Satan, he will shudder in fear and flee. This is not true. In order for us to resist the devil to the point of spiritual victory, we first must submit ourselves to God. We submit ourselves to God when we stand in His light, and allow Him to cloth us in the armour of His righteousness. Submission to God also requires obedience to His revealed will, these are the actions that frustrate the wiles of Satan.

Knowing Jesus

In the 20th verse, John identified the one key that caused the rest of these verses to work, and that key is "Knowing Jesus".

Personal Revelation

we know - eido (oi&damen i'-do/1492); a primary verb; used only in certain past tenses, the others being borrowed from the equivalent 3700 and 3708; properly, to see (literally or figuratively); by implication (in the perf. only) to know: KJV-- be aware, behold, X can (+not tell), consider, (have) know (-ledge), look (on), perceive, see, be sure, tell, understand, wish, wot. Compare 3700.

eido or oida- (Thayer Greek/English Lexicon)

1) to see

a) to perceive with the eyes

b) to perceive by any of the senses

c) to perceive, notice, discern, discover

d) to see

1) that is, to turn the eyes, the mind, the attention to anything

2) to pay attention, to observe

3) to see about something that is, to ascertain what must be done about it

4) to inspect, to examine

5) to look at, to behold

e) to experience any state or condition

f) to see, that is, to have an interview with, to visit

2) to know

a) to know of anything

b) to know, that is, to get knowledge of, to understand, to perceive

1) used of any fact

2) the force and meaning of something which has definite meaning

3) to know how, to be skilled in

c) to have regard for one, cherish, pay attention to (1 Thess. 5:12)

John is saying that he knows these things to be true because he has experienced them; he has entered a personal revelation of Jesus. John knew by experience that Jesus was the key to spiritual victory. Now we come to the question. Why is a personal revelation?

2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Revelation is not new understanding of the Bible or Christian doctrine. Revelation is the personal understanding we each have of Jesus. It's the dimension of Christ we abide in.

A revelation of God is ushered in by experiencing the glory of our Lord. The light we endure during this experience takes root in our spiritual man, and it's primary responsibility is to change us into the same image.

The revelation of Jesus Christ is not a one time experience we have at new birth, but it's a progressive revelation of His person - "...from glory to glory - as we walk out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12)

Eph 1:17-18 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. (18) I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, (NIV)

The Apostle Paul also understood that revelation is much more than new knowledge. In this verse Paul implies that revelation is a Spirit that we may experience. The mission of this Spirit is to draw us into a deeper revelation of Jesus. This Spirit can only be the Holy Spirit, whose mission is to reveal the person of Jesus to us (John 15:26).

1 Pet 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (KJV)

The Apostle Peter emphasized the importance of guarding the thought processes of our minds, that we may enjoy the grace that will be granted to us by the revelation of Jesus. What are some of the benefits that will manifest when we enter a new revelation of Jesus.

I listed four, but their are many more. Each fresh revelation we enter we experience a renewing of the Holy Spirit in us. All of these benefits are the fruits of the glory of God we have entered.

Battlefield of the Mind

understand - dianoia (dia/noian dee-an'-oy-ah/1271); from 1223 and 3563; deep thought, properly, the faculty (mind or its disposition), by implication, its exercise: KJV-- imagination, mind, understanding.

dianoia- (Thayer Greek/English Lexicon)

1) the mind as a faculty of understanding, feeling, desiring

2) understanding

3) mind, that is, spirit, a way of thinking and feeling

4) thoughts, either good or bad

This word carries with it the application of "Deep Thought"; the arena of our deepest desires and yearnings.

we may know - ginosko (ginw/skwmen ghin-oce'-ko/1097); a prolonged form of a primary verb; to "know" (absolutely) in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as follow, with others not thus clearly expressed): KJV-- allow, be aware (of), feel, (have) know (-ledge), perceived, be resolved, can speak, be sure, understand.

ginosko- (Thayer Greek/English Lexicon)

1) to learn to know, to come to know, to get a knowledge by perception, to feel, to become known

2) to know, to understand, to perceive, to have knowledge of

a) to understand

b) to know

3) a Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman (compare Gn. 4:1)

4) to become acquainted with, to know

This Greek word is used 13 times in the New Testament, and it's usage clearly indicate that we have an arena within our minds where the Holy Spirit reveals the person of God. The Greek translation clearly refers to the arena of "Deep Thought" where this revelation will occur.

Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. (KJV)

We are commanded to love the Lord our God with all our mind. It would appear that this area of our thoughts was designed by God to love Him.

Eph 4:17-18 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, (18) Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: (KJV)

According to Paul it's possible to darken this area of our minds to the point that cannot experience the understanding of God. We think we are immune from indictment of this verse, because we are born again Christ-ians, but we are not. Many Christians have darkened their understanding of God because of doctrinal traditions. It's possible that God could be an enemy of our minds, because of our foolish thought lives. (Col 1:21)

Heb 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: (KJV)

Godís intention is to put His laws into our minds, and this implantation will occur in the arena of our deep thoughts. We frustrate Godís revelation by not cultivating our deep and meditative thought life. This is the reason we are admonished to gird up the loins of our minds, and to guard a pure thought life, in order for us to enter the deep thought of the Holy Spirit. (1Pet 1:13 2Pet 3:1). The Apostle Paul also confirmed this point.

2 Cor 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (4) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) (5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (KJV)

We are to bring every thought into the obedience of Jesus. When we guard our thought life to this extent, we purify the arena of deep thought. When we allow our thoughts to become pure, Satanís lie has no influence because his lie can only flourish in a darkened mind.

Eternal Life

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

John implies that the result of this type of intimate relationship with Jesus is a greater revelation of eternal life. Why do we given eternal life? Does eternal life only affect our relationship with God in heaven? Eternal life was given to us that we might know God, we might walk with Him, and enjoy relationship. We have eternal life in order for us the enter the glory of God, and be changed into the same image.

The key to keeping ourselves from the touch of the wicked one is to nur-ture an intimate relationship with Jesus. By doing this we will enter His glory and be changed into the same image through progressive revel-ation. Our personal responsibility is to maintain an open face before the Lord; a face of honesty and truthfulness.