Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mind of Christ

This morning I was reading from 1 Corinthians in my Cambridge ESV Wide Margin (which will be a project post this weekend Lord willing) and I was tremendously uplifted by a portion of scripture that I had never really studied before: 1 Corinthians 2:10-12,16

10these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.

16 "For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.

Is this not a truly awesome truth? The Bible says that even as our individual human spirit searches our thoughts  and knows the intents of the heart, the Holy Spirit which was given to us as a comforter, counselor, advocate (paracletos) searches the thoughts of God Almighty and reports back to us. Not only does He, the Holy Spirit, inform us of God's thoughts, but he also interprets them and gives us a spiritual understanding of God's mind (1 Corinthians 2:14). This gives us our understanding of God and His will.

But even greater than that, this gives us the mind of Christ. The Holy Spirit is communicating Christ's mind and  the thoughts and intents of His heart to us, God's children. So when we look at a situation or a person we can see God's desires and thoughts for that instance through the Holy Spirit. We can look at a tough situation and understand that God works everything for good, we can understand His purpose. We can look at a person with Christ's thoughts and truly have thoughts for good towards that person not thoughts of evil and a desire to bless them and see them prosper and see them have a hope and future: Jeremiah 29:11.

The Holy Spirit reveals the mind of Christ to us through His word. This is the most universal revelation of the mind and heart of God. But Paul wrote these words before the Bible existed, there was only the OT and a few letters just beginning to be circulated. The Holy Spirit is a person, and though I constantly exalt God's Word, the Holy Spirit is not bound up in a book. He lives today and interacts with us in our lives, speaking to us and revealing the mind of the Lord Jesus: giving us the mind of Christ.

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