September 16, 2021 – 1 Corinthians 2: 14-16 – Mind of Christ

Today we are reading from 1 Corinthians 2: 14-16:

14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,

“Who has known the mind of the Lord
    so as to instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.

My first job out of college was working at, what was at the time, the Baptist Book Store, which later became LifeWay.  It was a great first job, made some great friends, and as an inspiring preacher, was able to buy a lot of books at an employee discount! 

There were a lot of great and classic bible studies that were popular at that time, studies such as Experiencing God.  If you’ve never done that one, even though it’s really old, I encourage you to buy a participant book and go through it, even on your own.  Another classic study came from today’s passage – The Mind of Christ. 

This study asked the question, who should control our thoughts? Where should our minds be?  On who/what/where should our thoughts rest. The Bible tells us that our bodies are not our own, they were bought with a price.  What of our minds?  Who has control of our minds and our thoughts?  Or those ours?  Of just our bodies belong to Christ, so should our minds.  

Like Experiencing God, this is a classic that I believe everyone should go through.  

Through the Holy Spirit, we have the mind of Christ.  Through the Holy Spirit, we can know the mysteries of God’s love.  Through the Holy Spirit, we can know God, understand God, grow closer to God, and learn to see the world through God’s own eyes. 

Through the Holy Spirit, when we take on the mind of Christ, we are able to see the world as God does, and that is wisdom.  Wisdom is learning to see the deeper truths of life, understanding what really matters. Wisdom is a gift from God, that comes through this gift. 

Today, friends, we have the mind of Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. May we approach all of life through that understanding.  

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