Grace Bible Church

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Mk 12:30, 2/22/15

Grace Bible Church, Gillette, Wyoming

Pastor Daryl Hilbert




A.    The mind can have something or someone in mind, have something put in the mind, have something come to mind, call something to mind, keep something in mind, set the mind on something, do all in one’s mind, tell all that is on one’s mind or it can be told “never mind.” It can also be described as the spirit of the mind.

B.    Obviously, the mind has thoughts. It can also invent, be intelligent, be wise, be prudent, and be sound. It can desire, plan, prepare, apply, guide, be stirred up, be renewed, be steadfast, be directed, be changed, and be fully convinced,

C.    It can also err, be led astray, blinded, crooked, depraved, defiled, fleshly, double, hardened, unfruitful, hostile. It can utter perverse things and devise violence.

D.    Something can be recalled in one’s mind or never enter one’s mind. Someone can be out of his mind or he can be clothed in his right mind. The mind can be haughty or humble, perplexed or understand, reel in horror or be kept in perfect peace.

E.    It is the location where God placed revelatory dreams and visions. It can serve the law of God, be set on the Spirit as opposed to the flesh, have the mind of Christ, and it can love God entirely.




A.    The general word for “mind” in the NT is nous and denotes the faculty of thinking and moral consciousness. It encompasses the other synonyms for mind: dianoia (knowing, understanding), phroneō (judgments, opinions), noēma (thought, design, device), and ennoia (idea, notion, intent).

1.     The Greek word for “mind” used in Mk 12:30 (and Mt 22:37; Lk 10:27) is dianoia (from noeō - to perceive or think) and can specifically refer to (1) as the seat of perception and understanding of the mind (Ep 4:18), (2) the inner disposition and attitudes of the mind (Lk 1:51), and (3) the function of the intellect resulting in insight and comprehension (1Jn 5:20).

2.     In Mk 12:30 the idea would be to love God with all our thinking, perceptions, attitudes, insights, and understanding (cf. Mk 12:33, “understanding” - sunesis - bring together, comprehend).

B.    Like conscience, mind is more specifically a New Testament concept. In the Old Testament heart is usually the word behind the translation mind. Mind includes both the faculties of perceiving and understanding as well as those of feeling, judging, and determining. (Ryrie, Basic Theology)




A.    The Lord Possesses a Mind

1.     God possesses the eternal infinite mind of an eternal infinite Being (Ro 11:34; 1Co 2:16). His mind is infinite in knowledge, understanding, and truth and knows all things in actuality and potentiality (Ro 11:33; Job 21:22; Ps 147:5).

2.     God is described as omniscient and He knows all things concerning the past, present, and future for both individuals and events (Pr 15:3; Mt 10:29-30; Job 28:24).

3.     God knows every true proposition in every area of knowledge. He also knows and rejects every false proposition. Therefore, God knows all truth and reality.

B.    The Lord Searches the Mind

1.     Since God is omniscient and omnipresent, He knows, searches, and tries the minds of all men (Ps 7:9).

2.     Since God is righteous, man is accountable to God not only for his deeds but also his thoughts (Jer 17:10; 20:12; Re 2:23).

3.     The response of the believer is to be transparent before God so that He can reveal our sinful thoughts and renew our minds (Ps 26:2; Ps 139:23).




A.    To Love the Lord We must have a New Mind


1.     The unsaved man’s mind is depraved (Ro 1:28; 1Ti 6:5; 2Ti 3:8), futile (Ep 4:17), defiled (Tit 1:15), blinded (2Co 4:4), hostile (Col 1:21), darkened (Ep 4:18, dianoia), and does not understand (Ro 3:11, sunesis).

2.     When a sinner places his faith in Christ, his mind is made alive to God and opened to spiritual things (Lk 24:45; 2Co 5:17). The believer’s mind will continue to occupy a central place in his spiritual development.


B.    To Love the Lord We must Keep Renewing our  Minds (Ro 12:1-2)


1.     Though the believer has a new spiritual mind, he is still susceptible to the influences of the world (cf. 1Jn 2:16, temptations as well as world-view) (Ro 12:1-2). Therefore, Paul commands the believer to “not be conformed” (or “stop being conformed”) to the world.

2.     Instead, the believer is commanded to “be transformed” (metamorphoō) by the renewing of the mind. The mind is a key element in this spiritual renewal (anakainōsis - new in quality or nature).

3.     The mind is predominantly renewed through the Holy Spirit by meditation on Scripture (Ps 1:2-3; Josh 1:8; Col 3:16; Mt 4:4).

4.     This cooperation with the Spirit’s sanctification is “setting our our mind on the Spirit (Ro 8:5-7) and is the basis for true worship (Jn 4:23-24 cf. Col 2:18) and true change (Ps 37:31; Ps 119:9, 11).


C.    To Love the Lord We must Make the Mind of Christ our Goal (Col 3:1-2)


1.     A believer’s mind is being renewed not only according to Scripture, but ultimately to the mind of Christ (1Co 2:16). The mind of Christ is the spiritual mind of the believer through the indwelling Holy Spirit. The believer’s mind is able to combine spiritual thoughts (1Co 2:13) and make spiritual examination of all things (1Co 2:14-15). This includes spiritual understanding of the blessings in Christ (1Co 2:9-12 cf. Ep 1:3).

2.     Since believers have the mind of Christ, they must set their minds on the things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God (Col 3:1-2). Inevitably, the believer’s thoughts are focused on the character of Christ, doctrine of Christ, and the program of Christ (present (Col 3:5-10) and future (Col 3:3-4).


D.    To Love the Lord We must Discern Truth with our Minds


1.     The believer must understand that there is a battle for the mind. He must not only know Christ’s truth (Jn 14:6; Jn 17:17), but be able to detect and oppose falsehoods (2Co 11:3; 1Ti 6:5; 2Ti 3:8).

2.     The believer must learn that there are no contradictions in God, His truth, and His Word (Ps 31:5; Ps 117:2; Nu 23:19; Tit 1:2; Heb 6:18; Ps 119:142, 160).

3.     The believer must comprehend and explain truths from his Christian world-view and must be be able detect and explain errors in false world-views (1Pe 3:15).

4.     When the believer is able to articulate the distinction between a Christian world-view and other world-views, he is able to influence his culture rather than culture influencing him. Paul stated that Christians were to destroy “speculations” (logismos - reasoning, thought) against the knowledge of God (2Co 10:4-5) and bring every “thought” (noēma - scheme of thinking) to the obedience of Christ.

5.     It is in this way that the believer is able to “prepare his mind for action” (1Pe 1:13), understand and prove the will of God (Ep 5:17; Ro 12:2), serve God with a willing mind (1Ch 28:9), and love Him with all his mind (Mk 12:30).




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