14 But the natural man does not receive the things ofthe Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; norcan he know them, because they are spirituallydiscerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things,yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For "whohas known the mind of the Lord that he may instructHim?" But we have the mind of Christ.1 Corinthians 2:14-16
Paul quotes Isaiah 40:13 – then makes astatement for all believers.“We have the mind of Christ.”We share in the plans, purpose, and viewpointor perspective of Christ. We think like Christthought.
Having the mind of Christ means : We understand Gods plan for the world We seek to bring glory to God We preach salvation for sinners We agree with Christs purpose, to seek andsave the lost We share the compassion of Christ
Put this passage in its context.In this chapter (1 Corinthians 2) thereare some truths concerning the mindof Christ.
1 – Mind of Christ is in sharp contrast to thewisdom of man1 Corinthians 2:5-6 5 that your faith should not be inthe wisdom of men but in the power of God.6 However, we speak wisdom among those who aremature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of therulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
1 – Mind of Christ is in sharp contrast to thewisdom of manWe do not think or act the way the world doesWe think and act they way Christ doesWe do not depend on human wisdom for thedecisions we make in life
2 – Mind of Christ involves things once hidden,but now revealed1 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom ofGod in a mystery, the hidden wisdom whichGod ordained before the ages for our glory,
2 – Mind of Christ involves things once hidden,but now revealedWe know things that Abraham and Moses did notknow or understandWith greater knowledge and understanding comesgreater responsibility
3 – Mind of Christ is given to believers throughthe Spirit of God1 Corinthians 2:10-11 10 But God has revealed themto us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches allthings, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what manknows the things of a man except the spirit of theman which is in him? Even so no one knows the thingsof God except the Spirit of God.
3 – Mind of Christ is given to believers throughthe Spirit of GodWe have the mind of God revealed in the BibleThere is no other way to know the mind of God exceptthe Spirit of God reveal it.
4 – Mind of Christ cannot be understood bythose who do not have the Spirit1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man doesnot receive the things of the Spirit of God, forthey are foolishness to him; nor can he knowthem, because they are spiritually discerned.
4 – Mind of Christ cannot be understood bythose who do not have the SpiritWe often make the mistake of trying to follow thosewho are not Gods (dont have the Spirit of God).If they are not Gods people, they do not have theSpirit of God dwelling in them.
5 – Mind of Christ give us discernment inspiritual matters1 Corinthians 2:15 But he who is spiritualjudges all things, yet he himself is rightlyjudged by no one.
5 – Mind of Christ give us discernment inspiritual mattersThinking with the mind of Christ helps us to : Make correct decisions Know right from wrong Know what is correct doctrine Worship in spirit and truth
In order to have the mind of Christ :We must have a saving, obedient faith.We must follow the direction of Christ.We must be in tune with the Spirit of Christ.We must have a renewed mind – Romans 12:2