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“And have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.”

 

“who is renewed in knowledge”

The word “renewed” means to cause something to become new and different, with the implication of becoming superior. It means to make new, to cause a change to a previous, preferable state. This word comes to mean to restore, to bring back, not in the sense of recent but different. This is the renewal of spiritual power.

A Christian who enters into a pattern of sinning goes into reverse in his Christian development. This is done by going negative to thirst for the Word of God. Once we go into a pattern of retrogression the believer deepens in propensity to sin. When we do this we turn to sin as a substitute for fulfillment.

An ignorant soul cannot live the Christian life (Prov. 19:2). God works upon our behavior by renewing our knowledge. The “new man” needs renewal of knowledge. The Greek word here is knowledge that we experience. It is not enough to leave knowledge in the cranium. Once we apply truth to experience over many applications, we begin to mature again. At some point, our maturity will reach an edification construct.

“Is renewed” is present tense. Day-by-day victory over sin rests upon renewal in knowledge. We need daily renewed knowledge of Christ, as opposed to heretical teachings (Hebrews 6:4-6).

“Yet our spiritual being is renewed day after day” (2 Cor. 4:16) — the daily renewal of “the inward man” (in contrast to the physical frame), i.e., of the renewal of spiritual power.

“But be transformed by the renewal of the mind” (Romans 12:2).

“And put on the new self which is made new in knowledge Col 3:10.

“To be made new in the spirit of your mind,” but more accurately, “to be made new in your spirit and mind” (Ephesians 4:23).

Principle:

God wants us to know Jesus experientially and intimately so that God will renew our souls when we enter fellowship with him.

Application:

A renewal comes from experiential knowledge (insight, experiential knowledge, Colossian 1:9; 2:2) of Jesus Christ. This revived state comes from a personal, intimate, deep knowledge of fellowship with Jesus Christ.

Do you have a full or thorough personal, experiential knowledge of Jesus Christ? Have you experienced knowing Jesus as the apostle Paul did (Phil. 3:10)? Do you have enough discernment about Jesus Christ to know his mind?

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