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Reprobate Mind.

Until you understand a "Reprobate Mind," you will never understand what's taking place before our very eyes: The concept of a "reprobate mind" is primarily derived from the New Testament, particularly from the writings of the Apostle Paul. We'll look at three scriptures often associated with this concept, break down the critical Greek terms, and provide an example to illustrate each. 1. **Romans 1:28** - "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;" - Greek Term: ἀδόκιμον νοῦν (adokimon noun) meaning "reprobate mind" - Explanation: This phrase refers to a mind that is rejected or found to be worthless in the sense of failing to meet the test of God's standards. It's like a counterfeit coin that fails the test of authenticity. - Example: If someone consistently chooses harmful behaviors despite knowing better, it can be compared to using a counterfeit coin. They may appear genuine, but their actions reveal their lack of actual value regarding moral and spiritual standards. 2. **2 Timothy 3:8** - "Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith." - Greek Term: κατεφθαρμένοι τὸν νοῦν (katephtharmenoiton noun) meaning "corrupt minds" - Explanation: This term refers to morally corrupted or ruined minds. It implies a deterioration or decay in moral and spiritual understanding. - Example: It’s like a piece of fruit that was once healthy but has now decayed. Similarly, some individuals might start with a sound understanding but gradually decay morally and spiritually, resisting the truth. 3. **Titus 1:16** - "They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate." - Greek Term: ἀδόκιμοι (adokimoi) meaning "reprobate" or "not standing the test" - Explanation: This term denotes individuals who, despite a profession of faith, fail to demonstrate the reality of that faith through their actions. - Example: Imagine someone who claims to be an expert mechanic, but when given the tools, they can't fix a simple problem. Similarly, these individuals claim to know God, but their actions contradict their words, revealing a lack of genuine faith. Dealing with someone with a reprobate mind, as depicted in these scriptures, involves a balance of truth, love, and discernment. It's essential to confront the behavior truthfully, offer guidance and support, and recognize when someone is persistently resistant to change. This doesn't mean giving up on them but rather understanding the limitations of our influence and the need for God's intervention in their hearts.

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