And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
Do you truly want to live in Holiness, you must become spiritually minded by the process called the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2). The reason why renewing of the mind is so important is because your mind is what determines what you eventually manifest. Forget about the flesh. “The flesh profiteth for nothing…” (John 6:63). If you can renew your mind, your body would comply. You’re not angry, for example, because you were provoked, you were angry because of the state of your mind. Jesus says “Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt…” (Matt 12:33), “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh”
The state of the mind of a natural man is determined by experience gathered by observing information through his 5 senses. These information may be fact; but, held against the true light of the Word of God, they are called lying vanities (Jonah 2:8). If the state of your mind is determined by such information you’re said to be carnal. When you get born again, your mind may yet be in that state (untransformed). Now in Christ, it is your duty to transform your mind by changing the source of your information supply from your senses to the Spirit. This is what we call spiritual growth. This is where another mighty operation of Grace comes in.
The God referred to in our text is God the Holy Spirit–the Spirit of Grace. He it is that Jesus left with us to train us (John 14:26, 1John 2:27). Like we see in the text, he builds us up through the Word of his grace. The reason why many people aren’t making much progress in the renewing of their minds is because they’re either not recognizing the ministry of the Spirit of Grace or they’re focusing on the wrong dimension of the Word of God. There are various dimensions of the Word of God. But it is not all of them that are responsible for your spiritual growth. That which is responsible for your development is the Word of His grace. It is the aspect of the word of God that shows you who you are and those things (inheritance) that belong to you in Christ. The logical presentation of the word of His grace in such a way that the mind can relate with, is what 1Pet 2:2 calls the milk of the word of God. That is where you should start from. Invest your time and resources in studying this dimension of God’s word. You’d grow by it. The result of such growth is effortless walking in righteousness.
LET US PRAY
Father thank you for the Word of your grace that builds me up
I yield myself to the ministry of the Spirit and the Word. I grow by the word of God
Father, I pray for your church that you’d cause us to yield totally to the ministry of your spirit that we may grow thereby
I John 2:27