Tag: mind of Christ
Scripture reading for September 3rd: Philippians 2, Psalm 26, Proverbs 22
Key Scriptures: Philippians 2:3-8 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Our thinking and values determine how we behave. When we are born again through faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit brings the mind of Christ into us and makes it available. The Holy Spirit takes God’s Word and reveals it to us and it is up to us to meditate on it, obey it and make it our own. Our actions will follow the example of Christ Jesus Himself–a servant, even unto death for the needs of others.
Faith Confession: I believe I have the mind of Christ Jesus available to me through the indwelling Holy Spirit. My thinking is now in line with God’s Word and I find delight in obeying and applying it to my life in order to reflect Christ to others and delight my Savior!
Proverbs 22:17-18 “Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to My knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.”
Scripture reading for July 6th: Job 41-42, Psalm 1, 1st Corinthians 2
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 2:14-16 “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”
Spiritual things must be revealed to people by the Holy Spirit. Natural man, unredeemed and not born again, finds it impossible to understand spiritual truth. But those who are born-again have the “mind of Christ”. This is an amazing gift from the Father.
Psalm 1:1-2 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for this amazing gift! I delight in You and amazing Word that reveals Your mind and truth to me by the Holy Spirit! Amen.
Scripture reading for May 25th: Job 35-38
Key Scriptures: Job 36:22-26 “God is exalted in His power. Who is a teacher like Him? Who has prescribed His ways for Him, or said to Him, ‘You have done wrong’? Remember to extol His work, which men have praised in song. All mankind has seen it; men gaze on it from afar. How great is God–beyond our understanding! The number of His years is past finding out.”
Elihu, a younger counselor and friend of Job, tried to encourage Job by telling him about God’s amazing knowledge and understanding. God’s great wisdom and abilities are so wonderful that they are beyond our natural understanding. God’s work has inspired worship songs throughout the generations. We may not understand all of God’s ways, but we can worship!
Thankful for Christ’s mind: The New Testament reveals that now through Christ Jesus, believers have revelation enabling them to understand God’s works! “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.” (1st Corinthians 2:15-16)
Scripture reading for July 8th: 1st Corinthians 2
Paul had explained to the believers at Corinth that God chose those society deemed most lowly to exalt His Son Christ Jesus and stop human boasting in human works. “It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.” (1st Corinthians 1:28-30) Christ takes the lowly and declares them righteous and makes them holy through redemption by faith in His blood!
Even though Paul originally came to Corinth in weakness and fear himself, his message was simple: Jesus Christ and Him crucified! (1st Corinthians 2:2) The message of Christ and His sacrificial death brought the power of God for salvation to those who would humbly listen and believe. This message of Christ is a message of wisdom that opens the door for those who believe to understand the things God wants to freely give to them.
Human eyes cannot see God’s plans and purposes and human minds cannot fathom all that God has prepared for those who love Him. (1st Corinthians 2:9) But God took the initiative and gave the Holy Spirit to those who believe in Christ Jesus. Through the Spirit we can begin to understand the thoughts of God recorded in the Holy Scriptures. His plans and purposes come to light and those with the Holy Spirit end up having “the mind of Christ!” (1st Corinthians 2:16) Not only do we know Christ Jesus, we begin to think like Him because we have His thoughts in our minds and do His will! The power of God comes through the Gospel message to transform lowly members of the human family into spiritual men and women who are wise with God’s wisdom! What amazing grace!
Scripture reading for August 6th: 1st Corinthians 2:6-3:4
When we humbly confess our sins and ask Jesus Christ to be Lord, we come into a new understanding of wisdom. According to Paul, it is a ‘secret wisdom’ that God has hidden from unbelievers and even from the worldly rulers of earth’s kingdoms. (1st Corinthians 2:6-7) In their ignorance, they crucified Jesus Christ and actually helped God to complete His plans to bring the revelation of His wisdom to light.
Now, through the Holy Spirit living in us who believe, we have access to God’s wisdom. “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.” (1st Corinthians 2:12-13) Paul explained how the Spirit of God helps us to understand divine wisdom. As a result of the Spirit, we can understand and preach about this wisdom. The Spirit brings us information about the unseen realities of the kingdom of God that we can only know through God’s grace. We cannot learn them with our human minds and senses.
“Who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” “But we have the mind of Christ.” (1st Corinthians 2:16) The obvious answer to the Old Testament question (Isaiah 40:13) is “no one.” The startling revelation that Paul gives the Corinthians and us is that we now have access to the mind of Christ through the Holy Spirit! Our new life should now be characterized by living by this new ‘mind of Christ’ via the Holy Spirit.
The Corinthians had a problem because they were fighting and quarreling over which teacher of the Gospel to follow. Paul said that they were ‘mere infants in Christ’, needing milk instead of solid food. They were not walking by the Spirit and allowing the mind of Christ to reveal truth to them. They did not understand spiritually who they were.
This problem is very real in the body of Christ today! People may be born again but never grow up. They remain carnal and worldly and engage in fighting and following certain teachers who tickle their ears. Check out your own life and mind today. Are you enjoying the mind of Christ?