The Mind of Christ

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The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?’  But we have the mind of Christ.”  (1 Corinthians 2:10–16, NIV 1984).

My Musings – We have received “the Spirit who is from God.”  We also have been given “the mind of Christ.” Without these, the things of God are foolishness.  “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”  (1 Corinthians 1:18, NIV 1984).  With them, we have spiritual discernment with the ability to understand what God has freely given us. “I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”  (John 15:15, NIV 1984).

The world in its wisdom may consider us to be the foolish ones. They simply do not understand us.  But we are “not subject to any man’s judgment.”  And we need not be “ashamed, because [we] know whom [we] have believed, and [are] convinced that He is able to guard what [we] have entrusted to him for that day.”  (2 Timothy 1:12, NIV 1984).  How is it possible for us to be so convinced?  Because “we have the mind of Christ.

My Advice – Does it seem foolish to you?  Are you unable to understand? Would you like to understand what God is freely offering?  You can.  See my musings on “The Born Again Experience.”