"For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members." - Romans 7:22-23
I've been doing an intense study of the Book of Romans, especially Chapters 6-8, and I'll be honest with you, I have been swimming around in some deep theological waters here.
With that said, what you are about to read may be heavy to grasp and digest, but it is my goal with this series to articulate the Law of the Mind in such a way that you will be able to understand the power you possess within your own human will.
Now, this is the first part of a three-part series of articles where we will discuss the three main laws (or principles) that Paul referred to in his letter to the Romans. Those three laws are as followed:
In this first article, we are going to focus on the details of the Law of the Mind and how it is working in the midst of our lives, even when we are not aware of it.
You may have heard of such "Universal Laws" as the Law of Attraction, as well as others, and you may have even read such books as Think and Grow Rich (AFF), Working With The Law (AFF), and As a Man Thinketh (AFF). In many of these books there is much talk about working (walking) in harmony with the Law.
In fact, in Napoleon Hill’s work, Think and Grow Rich, he talks about six higher intellectual faculties that make up our wondrous mind. Those higher faculties are:
For those of you who are new to this kind of information, before we can really go to the meat and potatoes of this Bible Study, we have to lay a foundation of what our minds really are. You have to understand that your brain is not your mind. Your brain is no more your mind then the fingers on your hands are.
You see, your brain is of the body, where your mind is of your soul. The true phraseology is not that you “have” a soul but that you “are” a soul. You are not a physical being that has a spiritual experience every now and then, you are a spiritual being having a human experience – you are the highest form of God’s creation.
Paul understood these truths, he was not confused about the illuminating power of the mind. And he knew the difference between body and soul, brain and mind. You see, you read with your brain, but you study with your mind.
And I am sure you've heard the saying, “the eyes are the windows to the soul." Well, let me put to you like this: You don’t “see” with your eyes, you “look” through your eyes. The real you is not what is on the outward, but rather what is on the inward. The outward is only a reflection of what is on the inward. And there is actually scripture for this, “For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7).
Moreover, what you have to understand is your brain is divided into a left and right cerebral hemisphere, and because of genes, some are more right brain dominate while others are more left brain dominate.
The right hemisphere of our brain is associated with cognitive skills such as creativity, emotion, and abstractness. It also controls the left side of the body, therefore, most right brain people are often left-handed. With that said, these kinds of people are considered to be artistic, innovative, and perhaps random. And most of these types make great leaders because they possess vision.
However, when it comes to left brain dominate people, they are often times more logical, analytical, and objective in nature. These types are often very good managers, but lack vision.
Now, I say all that to say this: Just as the brain is divided up in hemispheres, the mind is divided up by the conscious and subconscious. With that said, in ancient Greek text, the subconscious was referred to as the heart of man. Paul was familiar with this because he was often influenced by Greek philosophy.
Now, that isn't to say that his theological views were swayed by this type of philosophy, but rather, that he used Greek philosophy to better articulate his theological views to the gentiles.
Now, with those things in mind, neurology is the study of the brain, where psychology is the study of the mind. Where psychology often falls short, though, is where it loses its connection to the soul aspect of our mind.
In the Book of Romans Paul talked about “doing what he hated and hating what he did." Now, I understand that, for some, this kind of language is difficult to grasp, but what he is trying to say is that he walks after the spirit, and not of the flesh. You see, the flesh side of him hates that his soul side chooses to do the will of the Father (We will talk more about this in the last part of this series).
With that in mind, what Paul was trying to say in his letter to the Romans was, that before the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus came into the picture, there was only the Law of Sin and Death (unholiness, unrighteousness) and the Law of the Mind (our soul, our conscience, our human will, our higher intellectual faculties, etc.).
You see, we have all been born into sin, and fallen short of the glory of God -- for it has been written, “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Isaiah 41:26, Romans 3:10).
Now, with that said, in Paul’s day he was dealing with self-righteous Jews that were putting their faith in their own abilities to uphold the Law (the Law of Moses) and not in the Messiah (Jesus Christ). In other words, what Paul was trying to get across to them was that the Law was nothing more than a mirror or "looking glass" to give man knowledge and/or insight into their heart -- where sin does abound -- and that it was impossible for man to be righteous by their own accord, or by their own works.