POLLUTED MIND NEEDS TRANSFORMATION, RENEWED WITH REPENTANCE
The devil tried and succeeded in polluting the pure mind of Eve. Disguised as a serpent, he convinced her that God may have been keeping a secret of knowledge that she may want to know. He convinced her that the forbidden fruit was a key to finding truth. Yet, she was believing a liar, and allowing her mind to become polluted by sin.
Adam allowed the suggestion of Eve to bring into his mind the pollution of sin. We are now nearing the end of this rebellion against God, this pollution of the minds that God had created pure and perfect. Christ will soon return, and this end the devils work against the minds of mankind. He will come, and bring with Him the saints, who have been redeemed from the curse. We will rule and reign with Him for a 1000 years on this earth. Then, a final test, will determine who, of the ones we rule and reign over, will allow their minds to be polluted again. Those who allow this pollution of the mind, will be destroyed, along with the earth. The redeemed, mercifully forgiven, justified, and righteous-in-Christ, saints will then rule and reign with the Lord on the new heaven and the new earth for eternity!!! Our minds will be free from pollution at the rapture, and the minds of the humans of the millennium will also then be free from sin’s pollution.
When Adam and Eve allowed their minds to be polluted, it brought to end the first dispensation of mankind, the dispensation of innocence. In it, mankind was on probation. Could he resist the pollution of sin, or not. It had a very favorable beginning. Everything was perfect, sinless, and under man's dominion. He had only one command to obey, and everything else came natural to him.
"But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it, for in the day that thou eatest, thou shalt surely die."
This was their only test to pass. Could they resist the foul ideas of temptation, to make them believe that evil was good? Could they be made to think that God would have tried to rob them of something they deserved? Could their minds be twisted to think that they could rise to the level of God? Mankind failed, due to polluted minds, that twisted the pure and true thinking they once had.
"And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and the tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat."
Adam and Eve had the power of choice. If God had not given the power to mankind to choose sin or righteousness, mankind would have simply been robots. God's purpose was to test see if mankind could remain innocent, and be true to God's trust, and thereby remain perfect under all conditions. Mere untried virtue does not deserve the name. Goodness is not a passive quality, but a deliberate choice between right and wrong. The innocence of a baby, is one of simplicity. The child is too unaware of its world to make temptation to sin possible. But a child must grow and mature, the mind must come to a choice of purity, or of pollution. When temptation comes, a choice determines if we keep purity of mind, peace of God, or pollution of sin. Though we all love the innocence of a baby, we do not want the child to remain for decades in that state, but we desire to see the normal human development, and awareness growth. God wanted mankind to be wise, knowing, and still be faithful to Him as their Father and Creator. He knew they would sin, but He wanted to test mankind before the birth of offspring, so He could deal with such sin on a universal nature. The whole human race can now be dealt with alike, for we are all descendants of Adam and Eve who first allowed pollution of sin into the mind.
Satan is called the "accuser of the brethren", and he is known as a tempter of God's children. Temptation was subtle, but the devil could not force pollution into mankind. That pollution needs repentance, a change of mind from the thinking the devil has put into our minds.
People are now corrupt, have a bias toward evil, and are totally unable in themselves to restore their former purity of mind. God cannot be pleased with even the good works of a sinner, for the mind is polluted, tends toward evil. The polluted mind is universal, and all people must be born again into a new mind that is mercifully given. Total depravity in our minds make mankind unable, outside the merciful grace of God, to please God. Though mankind may possess goodness, civility, good deeds, charity, and seem religious, without the repentance of sins, and the acceptance of God's divine gift of the Lamb of God, i.e. Jesus Christ, and His atonement on the cross for us, there is no salvation from the polluted mind of sin!
"TOTAL DEPRAVITY" does not mean that everyone has no qualities pleasing to others. But it does mean, that people are prone to sin, and the mind tends to be opposed to God's ways. Even though many sinners do some things that in themselves would be pleasing to God, without the acceptance of Jesus as the atonement for our sins, those things will not please God.
The only thing sinners can do, that will avail, is to give heed to God's way of salvation. The grace of God, and the transforming power of the Spirit of God, can change the totally depraved mind of sin. Depravity of mind has infected all people. Inborn pollution of our minds will doom everyone who does not find the atoning work of Christ, and accept that atonement as their own.
Some feel guilt, and others claim to not feel any guilt. That feeling is not the measure of our condition. Whether we feel guilt or not, we are still totally depraved of any ability to please God, outside of His merciful plan. People are devoid of even the desire to serve God and repent for sins.
Unless God convicts sinners, they will have no desire to ask God for mercy:
"No man can come to Me, except the Father Which has sent Me, draw him."
If the totally depraved of mind sinners, who feel this drawing toward God and His mercy, accept Jesus, they are forgiven, and accepted into the family of God:
I Cor. 15:22
"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."
By Adam's sin came physical death upon a mankind. Also spiritual death ensued, the mind once alive and pure has died due to sin. This death passed upon all of mankind since:
"Wherefore by one man, sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. For if through the offense of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many... judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offenses unto justification ... Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of One, the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience, man were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous."
The tragedy of this pollution of mind, is that many stay trapped in the sins brought about by the pollution. Jesus made a way of escape from sin’s defilement. Yet, many do not choose that "narrow" way to salvation through the repentance process.
After death comes judgment, without any chance of being saved, if one has died in sin. Repentance is the change of mind that brings salvation. There is no purgatory wherein one can change his mind toward God. When we die, we are judged for where we are at that moment, lost or saved:
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment."
This life is our probation. There is no Scripture to give us hope of a purgatory, or a chance after death. If one is righteous, heaven awaits after death [II Cor. 5:8, Phil. 1:21-24]. If one is unrighteous, then hell fire awaits them moments after death [Lk. 16:19-31, Rev. 20:11-15]. There is no purgatory, no re-incarnation, no second chance.
Our chance is here and now, and Jesus made the way for us:
"That ye put off concerning the former conversation of the old man, which is corrupt ...be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."
Repentance is the ‘putting off the former’ ways of thinking. It is a process of God instilling in our mind, His way of thinking. It is not instantaneous, but it is a process that begins when we recognize sin as wrong, and want Jesus to come into our hearts, our minds, and change us.