2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV)
“Bringing every thought into captivity through the obedience of Christ.”
Romans 5:18 says, “That by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners. So also by one man’s obedience many are made righteous.” What is that all about? We know that the one man’s disobedience was Adam. We were all made sinners because of him. There is also another man, Jesus Christ, and by his obedience we are forever made righteous. We are to place faith on him and his work on the cross. So where do I focus? Is it one man’s disobedience which causes us to be our sin conscious? Or is it one man’s obedience which causes us to be righteousness conscious?
The question is, is there still a call for obedience in the New Testament? Well, my answer is yes. Obedience not because of self effort, but obedience by a life lived in faith. Under the Old Testament, you were blessed if you did right. In the New Testament, you are blessed first because of nothing you have done. The fruit of that relationship is obedience. So when we bring our thoughts into the obedience of the mind of Christ, we then have a clear understanding that we are made righteous. Righteousness is a free gift given because of Christ’s obedience on the cross. It is believing what Jesus has done on the cross, that makes us righteous. When we believe that, grace is found. It becomes the motivating and empowering factor.
Finally, we can talk the problem or we can talk the answer. The word of God clearly says that “the just shall live by faith”. The righteousness that is declared over us comes from right believing and thinking. When you believe the gospel, it releases you to right living. That is the key to winning the battle of the mind.