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The true Christian who has been born again by God’s Spirit and made a new creature receives an enlightened mind from God with which he clearly sees that his natural mind is a blind guide in spiritual things (1 Cor. 2:4). He also sees that if he were to be led by is natural mind, he would fall into the pit of ruin, for, as Christ says, “if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch” (Matt 15:14). The regenerate person also sees that man’s wisdom is pure foolishness to God and that we are mere children in the things of salvation. When our natural mind is not led by the Holy Spirit, it provides us only with wisdom that is earthly, sensual, and Devilish, as James 3:15 declares.
In order to be saved, then, we should deny our natural mind and to let ourselves be guided by the spirit. We will not be happy and blessed unless we follow the Lords Counsel, for a true spiritual life cannot be modelled after our own insight but, rather must be formed according to God’s Word (Psalm 119:6). We see that the only true measure of diligent and godly exercises is not derived from worldly sources or from our imagination but is found in the Word of the Lord. We see the futility of all earthly things — riches, pleasures, and splendours — which so lamentably bewitch the worldly.
We also see the glorious bliss of a peaceful conscience, the living hope, and the excellence of heavenly treasures, which are completely hidden from the eyes of worldly people. These considerations will greatly fortify us against our natural mind, which would otherwise tend to mislead us.
—Willem Teellinck “The Path of true godliness” pp. 89