In the final article of this series, I would like to remind us of what we have learned.
We know that the eighteen-inch gap is the distance from the brain to the heart. We have learned that we bridge the gap with lies or truth.
Truth bridges the gap and produces righteousness. We have also learned from part 2 that bridging the gap is based on our free will. If we are swaying between the lust of the flesh and the battle of the mind, then there is no way that we can bridge the gap between righteousness and unrighteousness. We learned in part one that this bridge can only be built by one thing: The Word of God. It is alive, and Christ dwells in it. His Spirit rightly divides it for you, and you are the one who decides to use it as a bridge or reject it as a plague.
Based on 1 Peter 1:13-15, we are given complete instructions on what it takes to bridge that eighteen-inch gap between the flesh and the Spirit. In verse 13, we are instructed to gird up the loins of our minds, to be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto us at the revelation of Jesus Christ. The word “gird” in this verse implies that we are to daily refresh our minds. Peter actually gives us five principles of bridging the gap and refreshing our minds daily is one. The second is to be sober, which means to keep your mind under self control on a daily basis. The third is to hope to the end. If we place our hope in Jesus Christ, I can promise you that you will be bridging the gap. Jesus Christ is the bridge. This leads us to the fourth principle found in verse 14 that tells us to become obedient children, not fashioning ourselves to former lusts. We have to be obedient to the Word of God and remember to be not only hearers but doers of the Word of God. The most important principle is found in verse five, where he exhorts us to be holy in all manner of living. Becoming holy is a daily process. All five of these principles require us to examine ourselves on a daily basis to make sure that we haven’t caused any gaps in the bridge of our relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
From my heart to yours, I pray that you have enjoyed this four-part series. My prayer for you is that you will be holy as He is holy.
I Just Love Jesus,
Dr. Brenda J. Robinson