The Role of the Mind, Heart, & Will in Discipleship Training #34

Mind, Heart & Will
“True sanctification (being set apart for God) comes through the ministry of the Word of God. “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you” (John 15:3). When you were saved, you were set apart for God. As you grow in your faith, you are more and more experiencing sanctification. You love sin less and you love God more. You want to serve Him and be a blessing to others. All of this comes through the Word.

God’s truth has been given to us in three “editions”: His Word is truth (John 17:17); His Son is the truth (John 14:6) and His Spirit is the truth (1 John 5:6). We need all three if we are to experience true sanctification, a sanctification that touches every part of our inner person. With the mind we learn God’s truth through the Word. With the heart, we love God’s truth, His Son. With the will we yield to the Spirit and live God’s truth by day. It takes all three for a balanced experience of sanctiflcation.

It is not enough merely to study the Bible and learn a great deal of doctrinal truth. We must also love Jesus Christ more as we learn all that He is and all He has done for us. Learning and loving should lead to living, allowing the Spirit of God to enable us to obey His Word. This is how we glorify Him in this present evil world.”

Source: The Bible Exposition Commentary Volume 1 by Warren Wiersbe

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