How the Apostles See Our Lives Being Redirected by Christ

This is a subsidiary post of Apostles.
It is also a subsidiary post of Christ.
It is also a subsidiary post of Direction.

The New Testament scriptures in the table below demonstrate a consistent point of view from the apostles about just how fundamentally and dramatically our lives are changed when we decide to follow Jesus Christ.

When people first approach the Bible, or are only superficially familiar with it, they think it is saying many different things. The actuality is that it is sounding the same fundamental themes over and over and over. This is so we might thoroughly understand those themes, incorporating the truths into our thinking and the principles into our behavior.

The apostles wrote this way because they thought this way. And they thought this way because Jesus taught them to think this way.

From One Way of Living to Another

Chapter and verseOld Way of LIvingNew Way of Living
BeforeAfter
(living as Adam)(living as Jesus)
fleshlyspiritual
Matthew 6:1practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them(practicing your righteousness before God to be noticed by Him)
Matthew 16:23setting your mind on man's interests (Lit. "the things of man")setting your mind on God's interests (Lit. "the things of God")
Matthew 26:39, 42, 44do as I willdo as God wills
Mark 8:33setting your mind on man's interests (Lit. "the things of man")setting your mind on God's interests (Lit. "the things of God")
John 5:24deathlife
John 5:30I seek my own willI seek the will of Him who sent me
John 5:41, 44seeking glory from menseeking the glory that is from the one and only God
John 7:18seeking my own gloryseeking the glory of the One who sent me
John 12:43loving the approval of menloving the approval of God
Acts 14:15turned to vain thingsturned to the living God
Acts 26:18turned to darknessturned to light
Acts 26:18the dominion of Satanthe dominion of God
Romans 1:25worship and serve the creatureworship and serve the Creator
Romans 2:28-29receiving praise from menreceiving praise from God
Romans 6:11(alive to sin, dead to God)dead to sin, alive to God in Christ Jesus
Romans 6:13presenting the members of my body to sin as instruments of unrighteousnesspresenting myself to God as one alive from the dead and the members of my body as instruments of righteousness to God
Romans 8:6my mind set on the flesh (which is death)my mind set on the spirit (which is life and peace)
Romans 12:2conformed to this world (or age)transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect
Romans 14:7lives for himself and dies for himselfwe live for the Lord and die for the Lord
Romans 16:18slaves of their own appetties (lit. "belly")slaves of our Lord Christ
1 Corinthians 4:5(each man's praise comes to him from other men)each man's praise comes to him from God
1 Corinthians 6:9, 10, 11the unrighteous: fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, effeminate, homosexuals, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, swindlerswashed, sanctified, justified
1 Corinthians 10:24seeking his own goodseeking the good of his neighbor
2 Corinthians 4:5 preaching ourselvespreaching Christ Jesus as Lord
2 Corinthians 4:18looking at things which are seen, and are temporallooking at things which are not seen, and are eternal
2 Corinthians 5:7walking by sightwalking by faith
2 Corinthians 5:15living for selfliving for Him who died and rose again on our behalf
Galatians 1:10seeking the favor of menseeking the favor of God
Galatians 1:10striving to please menstriving to please God, being a bond-servant of Christ
Galatians 2:20I liveChrist lives in me
Galatians 5:19-23the deeds of the flesh: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like thesethe fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
Ephesians 2:1-7dead in our trespasses and sins, in which we walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience; living in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, by nature children of wrath; dead in our transgressionsalive together with Christ, raised up with Him, and seated with Him in heavenly places, in order that He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus
Ephesians 4:22, 24your former manner of life, the old self, being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceitthe new self, created in the likeness of God in righteousness and holiness of the truth
Ephesians 4:23(unrenewed in the spirit of my mind)renewed in the spirit of my mind
Ephesians 4:25falsehoodspeaking truth
Ephesians 4:31-32bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander, malicekind, tender-hearted, forgiving
Ephesians 5:3indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mindwalking in good works
Ephesians 5:4filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fittinggiving thanks
Ephesians 5:18dissipationbeing filled with the Spirit
Ephesians 6:6as men-pleasersas slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart
Philippians 2:4looking out for your own personal interestslooking out for the interests of others
Philippians 2:21seeking after their own interestsseeking after the interests of Christ Jesus
Colossians 1:13the domain of darknessthe kingdom of God's Son
Colossians 3:2setting your mind on the things that are on earthsetting your mind on the things above
Colossians 3:24doing your work as for mendoing your work as for the Lord
1 Thessalonians 2:4pleasing menpleasing God who examines our hearts
1 Thessalonians 5:9destined for wrathdestined for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ
2 Timothy 3:4a lover of pleasurea lover of God
Titus 2:14lawless deed(s)(purified for Himself) a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds
Hebrews 10:38, 39shrink(ing) back to destructionliv(ing) by faith...to the preserving of the soul
Hebrews 11:25enjoying the passing pleasures of sinenduring ill-treatment with the people of God
James 4:4hostility toward God, friend of the world,
enemy of God
(hostile to the world, friend of God, enemy of the world)
1 Peter 1:14-16conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorancebe holy yourselves also in all your behavior...holy as He is holy
1 Peter 1:17, 18your futile way of life inherited from your forefathersconduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay upon earth
1 Peter 2:9NOT A PEOPLETHE PEOPLE OF GOD
1 Peter 2:9in darknessin light
1 Peter 2:25straying like sheepreturned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls
1 Peter 4:2-4living for the lusts of men (carrying out the desire of the Gentiles, pursuing a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries...running with them into the same excesses of dissipation)living for the will of God
2 Peter 1:5-9blind or short-sighteddiligence, faith, moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.
2 Peter 2:20-22entangled in the defilements of the world...vomit...wallowing in the mireknowing the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ...knowing the way of righteousness
1 John 2:15-17loving the world, the things in the world, and its lustsloving God and doing His will
1 John 3:14deathlife
Revelation 3:1deadalive
Revelation 22:11do wrong, is filthyrighteous, holy
Revelation 22:14, 15dogs, sorcerers, immoral person, murderers, idolaters, loves and practices lyingwash their robes
This table shows the similarity of thinking in various New Testament verses regarding the old way of life being abandoned and the new way of life being adopted by believers in Christ. Thus it is a chart of "the before and after" of the life that pursues Christ to the end.

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