Posted by Bishop McDuffie | Posted in default | Posted on 02-02-2012
The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7 NASB
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NASB)
The word often translated into English as law is the Hebrew word “Torah”. But, the best translation of Torah is the English word “teaching”. The word translated as restore in verse 7 of Psalm 19 means to revive, reverse, or to bring back. It is consistent with the New Testament concept of renewing something. In the Bible, particularly in the New Testament the words soul and mind are used interchangeably.
With this in mind, we can express Psalm 19:7 this way: The Teaching of the LORD is perfect, restoring or renewing the soul, which is the human mind. In other words, the teaching laid out in the Word of God is the perfect source and standard for renewing the mind to the perfection which is in each of us in Christ. The Bible unequivocally states that as believers we are perfect. Therein we read, “and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority” (Colossians 2:10 NASB). Complete is another way of saying perfect or mature. Now, don’t try to apply perfection to the tripartite aspects of your soul or body. They are not perfect, but one day will be. Your spirit, which is the essence of your being, on the other hand, is absolutely perfect.
When we use God’s Word as the basis for our lives, we line our thinking up with the spiritual perfection in us through Christ Jesus. We restore or renew our souls to the original condition God intended; one in which the principles of God are fully accepted and never disobeyed.
Spend time in God’s Word today and everyday. Perfection will eventually show up in your mind and body.