THE CHURCH MUST PREACH THE WORD,
THEN THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL CONVICT,
MANKIND THEN MAY CHOOSE TO REPENT AND BE TRANSFORMED.
This generation seems to feel little conviction for their sins. The first repenters for this should be we, the church. The truths of the Word of God have not been preached as they must be, to allow the Holy Spirit to then convict the truths implanted in the heart by truthful preaching. Repentance is not happening as it should in this generation, for the church is currently failing in preaching the Words of God.
In previous generations, nearly two thirds of church youth said the church would continue to play a significant part in their adult lives.58% Now, only one third say the same. Some have estimated that between 14 and 19 out of every twenty youths depart the church after high school years.
63% of youths in the church do not believe Jesus is the Son of God.
58% of youths believe all other religions have truth too.
51% of youths do not believe Jesus rose from the dead.
65% of youths do not believe the devil is a real person.
Why has the church failed to preach the Word to the youth. If they do not hear truth preached, the Holy Spirit cannot convict and bring them to repentance.
HEARING THE WORD OF GOD
LEADS TO THE HEARING 0F CONVICTION
AND THAT CAN LEAD TO REPENTANCE,
THAT REPENTANCE LEADS TO A TRANSFORMING OF THE MIND.
Philippians 2:1-12 (KJV)
1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies
This passage is saying that if there is any ‘consolation’, i.e. encouragement, in Jesus, and any comfort of love from Jesus, any fellowship of the Spirit, and any bowels of mercy from the Lord, then we should have the ability to do the righteous living that the Word of God commands. As Christians, we should have experienced the, love of Jesus, had fellowship with the Spirit, and enjoyed the mercies of God.
We must realize that a ‘change in our thinking’, i.e. repentance, is vital, necessary, and unquestionably needed from the warped thinking that the world has if void of the Word of God,
Fulfil ye my joy that ye be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Paul instructs that we need to make his joy complete by doing some specific things. If we do these things, the ‘mind of Christ’ will be manifest through our lives, through our words, through our thinking.
Becoming like minded is done by having the ‘same love’, getting into ‘one accord’ on doctrines, and having one mind on decisions of how to serve the Lord. One should not therefore be seeking self notice, or be striving for superiority. Rather we should humbly esteem others as better than themselves. We should not be seeking our own good, but seeking good things for others. This is how God thinks, and we must repent and change from any other kind of thinking.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God
The saints are to allow the same self-emptying thinking that Jesus had when He came to be a man, suffer hardships, and even be crucified for the sake of others, to be in us. Jesus was ‘in the form of God, and thought it not robbery to be equal with God.’ That means He knew Who He is, and was not conscious of being less than His true power and glory made Him. We are not ‘God’ nor equal to Him, but we need to recognize how far we are from thinking as Jesus. When we learn from the Word of God, what Jesus thinks, we can be convicted and repent of our errant thinking.
EXAMINATION OF OUR THINKING,
FINDING HOW REPENTANCE IS TRANSFORMING US,
AND OUR YOUTH, IS VITAL
II Corinthians 13:5-6
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.
Once in the process of mind transformation via repentance, we need a daily examination, while living in a sin infested world. We need to see if we are in the true faith.
The Greek word for ‘examine’ is peirazo (G3985). It means to make full proof by testing. If we ‘test’ and ‘examine’ ourselves, we will know if we are truly thinking aright in our minds. The Word of God is our ‘testing’ agent. It is where we go to find the standards for which we are to measure our thinking.
Then we must “Prove” ourselves. This is the Greek word: dokimazo (G1381) meaning to assay metals; to prove or test with the hope and expectation of finding great worth. One does not test ‘gravel’ for gold content. One will test a stone that appears to be gold, that weighs like it is gold, and that all signs suggest it is gold. That rock is taken to the assayer, and one is anxiously awaiting the news that it is ‘gold’ as they thought. So, the word ‘prove’ suggests we should be living, thinking, acting in such a way, that when we ‘test’ our thinking, we are in assumption that it will prove to be Godly.
2 Corinthians 13:11 (KJV)
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
We should be ‘perfect’. For the Greek of the word ‘perfect’ is katartizo (G2675), meaning to adjust, to put in order again, settling by mediation. In the proper thinking manner, ordained by God, we get into the ‘one accord’ by understanding another’s viewpoint, finding common ground, being more concerned with peace than with being right. By jointly agreeing the Word of God is the infallible truth, and then searching and understanding it as it is meant, we then begin to believe "the same thing." Then we can think and teach those same things, and to have no disputes. The church will then be living in peace and harmony.
‘Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates’ means, we have Jesus in us, and He is there to teach us, instruct us, transform us. Yet, unless we are ‘counterfeit’ Christians, pretend, but no reality in our faith type church member, we know Jesus can and wants to transform our mind to think perfectly.
Paul said he was concerned lest he become a ‘castaway’ which is the same Greek word, adokimos (G96), that is translated here ‘reprobate’. It means to become Christ-less, and rejected.
The church today needs to preach truth, introduce Jesus, allow the Holy Spirit to convict, and encourage repentance, so the youth and even the adults in need of transformation to the ‘mind of Christ’ can find true peace.