SIN CORRUPTED US,
AND TRANSFORMATION IS REQUIRED;
REPENTANCE BEGINS THE TRANSFORMATION.
We are commanded to let God transform our mind. Our minds are normally carnal, self centered, ill-informed, easily misled. Sin has corrupted the thinking of our minds. Yet, we are more than a body. We have a soul and a spirit. God Who made our body so fantastic, also made our soul and spirit fantastic. We are made in the likeness of God:
‘And God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him.’
Adam’s and Eve’s sin brought evil upon others. Mankind had changed from being innocent to being a failure. The ‘eyes were opened’ and man sensed and saw the change. God’s desire to re-clothe man, and man’s attempt to re-clothe themselves, shows the recognition of the change. Mankind had become totally depraved of any goodness that would replace the innocence and righteousness that they once had. The original righteousness was corrupted and instead of an inclination to do right and good, mankind has since has the inclination toward evil. Total depravity refers to man’s total inability to restore the Creator/creature relationship without God’s help.
Every tear, every drop of sweat, every pain, every sorrow, every death, every heartache, all trace back their origin to the first sin of mankind.
Mankind’s whole nature is tainted by sin:
The human spirit is darkened
(Ephesians 4:17-18, I Cor. 2:14).
Man’s soul is inclined to sin
(Jer. 17:9, Eph. 4:11).
Man’s body is diseased dying
Man’s will is easily misled
Man’s conscience is deadened, and needs awakened
(II Timothy 4:2).
Man’s mind is deceitful
(Gen. 6:5-12, Romans 1:17-28).
Man is under a judgment for sin
(John 5:28-29, Psalms 130:3, Romans 2:5-12).
Man is a guilty sinner, a child of the devil
(Luke 19:10, Romans 3:9-23, Ephesians 2:2).
Mere untried virtue does not deserve the name of ‘virtue’ for it is untested, unproven to be any more than lack of sin. It does not denote any effort or desire to stay that way, to avoid sin, or to choose righteousness. Goodness is not a passive quality, but it is a deliberate choice of right over wrong, resistance to evil.
We live amidst choice. We are certainly not infallible but now are ‘depraved’, if we are in sin. Mankind is ‘dead in trespasses and in sins.’ (Ephesians 2:1) Physical death of this body, and eventual ‘second death’ (Rev. 20:14) is the one choice. That choice results in lack of communion with God.
God offers, as He did to Adam and Eve a new garment that covered their sin, a new garment of righteousness of Jesus that totally removes our confessed sins. The garment is the righteousness of Jesus, and repentance is the means to appropriating this garment. Mankind was once clothed with that sinlessness, but sin ruined that original clothing. Yet, God has provided a garment for us, and we are to put it on our person. We are offered a great garment to wear.
All Christians also have a garment of righteousness to put on:
I Corinthians 15:39-58
(53, 54) “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying, that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.’
Death came upon all at the fall. When mankind comes to Jesus the body is still, temporarily, bound for death, Yet, immediately, the soul that was also in ‘death’, is given life. The soul therefore takes on righteousness, and soon the new body we shall receive will have eternal glory of righteousness.
Our thinking has been so distressed, corrupted, or at least, tainted by the world in which we live. The ill manners, the immorality, the sinfully inspired ethics of the world affect the minds and beliefs of many.
What can we do to heal faulty thinking? We are told in the Bible to ‘let this same mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus’. That means that we are not to let the world’s thinking be ours. We are to think in a healthy way, as Jesus did. We enter a process of transformation, when we repent.