The sons and daughters of God, His princes and princesses, those born of Him–they will have a new conversation. They will not speak of the things of their old natural life, for now their “conversation is in heaven” (1). They are like seedlings freshly regenerated from a once hardened seed; they transcend the earthy grave and reach for heaven’s light. These children of the most High are “risen with Christ” and now “seek those things which are above” (2).
And they realize that their old life is now dead and that their new life is “hid with Christ in God.” Their old nature and old self dies with Christ on the cross. And with it dies “whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed.” They begin to see themselves changing, being “transformed by the renewing of their minds” (3).
“The Mind” Is the Key
Our conversation is determined by the thoughts rattling around in our mind. Whatever we are thinking about–that is what comes out of our mouth. But what determines our thoughts? Christ said that a person’s heart will dictate their thoughts. “Those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart…evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (4). Those things proceed, of course, from an old heart. So then, a new heart, infused by the Spirit of God will issue forth thoughts of love, peace, harmony, truth, sharing, and giving. And these new thoughts will manifest themselves in our new conversation.
Based on Faith and Belief
The new heart of love creates in us new thoughts, which in turn, creates a new conversation. Our spiritual change then hinges on the new heart He has given us. And it can only come by our belief that He has given us it. Faith is the key (5). Our new heart, our new center core of being, now renews our mind with truth about God, about who He is, what He is doing, and how we fit into that plan.
This is the fertile bed of truth from which our new mind grows. Our minds are nourished by the truth. Falsehoods and misconceptions about God choke out the seedling minds, and they are left to wither and finally decay for lack of real spiritual food and water. This is why we are admonished to “purge out the old leaven that the lump may be holy” (6). This is why we are admonished to beware of false prophets and teachers who will bring in “damnable heresies” (7). Kenneth Wayne Hancock
- Phil. 3: 20
- Col. 3: 1
- Col. 3: 3; Rom. 12: 2
- Matt. 15: 18-19
- I Cor. 5: 7
- II Peter 2: 1