”And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
Wow! He enables us to “behold the glory of the Lord.” I am informed that the mind is renewed by “steadfastly gazing at the glories of Christ for what they really are”. But to enable us to do that, the Holy Spirit must do a double work. He must work in two directions: from the outside in and from the inside out. He must work from the outside in by exposing the mind to Christ-exalting truth. That is, Holy Spirit must lead us to hear the gospel, to read the Bible, to study Christ-exalting writings of great, spiritual men, and to meditate on the perfections of Christ.
This is exactly what our great enemy does not want us to do, according to 2 Corinthians 4:4, “The god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.” Because to see that for what it really is, Paul says, will renew the mind and transform the life and produce unending worship which is the inside out, living the gospel under the absolute influence of Holy Spirit.
As Holy Spirit divinely renews the mind. It is first and decisively his work to influence individuals for good, off evil. We are radically dependent on him with our full efforts follow his initiatives and enablings. Peace be unto you!