Reference Verse : Romans 12:1
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
A person who accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior will have the “born-again experience” – a spiritual rebirth or renewal which a person receives a new life once he or she becomes a believer of Christ. Remember what Jesus said to Nicodemus, “You must be born again.” (John 3:4-7). Here Jesus was telling to the Pharisee Nicodemus that even if he has all the exterior signs of appearing to be a good person, he needed changing on the inside.
A NEW SELF
But what exactly is spiritual rebirth?
There is a physical birth, and there is a spiritual birth. The physical birth is the beginning of a mortal life here on earth. At our physical birth we entered into a world of sinners as we all live under the same curse (Romans 3:23) because of the disobedience of our descendants Adam and Eve.
On the other hand, spiritual birth means putting away our old self and putting on a new self in Christ – a new nature made in Christ image.
But at our spiritual birth only our spirit is new, not our mind and body. The mind will not change all by itself and that is why the Bible urges us to renew it daily through the Word of God. Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Now day by day we need to put on this new nature by permitting the spirit to control our being and renew our mind.
Once we renewed our mind with the Word of God, we must:
- Examine whether our thoughts line up with what God says.
- Only speak what the Bible says.
- Resist the devil.
Summary text by Camille Quintela