Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Mind of Christ

We know more about the thoughts of God than we do about the thoughts of man. How can that be? There are at least two ways:
1. He has revealed his thoughts to us in the Scriptures.
2. He has given us His Spirit to understand the spiritual words.

None of the rulers of this world understood God’s wisdom. If they had, they would not have nailed the Lord of glory to the cross. It is written, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has known what God has prepared for those who love him.” But God has shown it to us through his Spirit. The Spirit understands all things. He understands even the deep things of God. Who can know the thoughts of another person? Only a person’s own spirit can know them. In the same way, only the Spirit of God knows God’s thoughts. We have not received the spirit of the world. We have received the Spirit who is from God. The Spirit helps us understand what God has freely given us. That is what we speak about. We don’t use words taught to us by people. We use words taught to us by the Holy Spirit. We use the words of the Spirit to teach the truths of the Spirit. Some people don’t have the Holy Spirit. They don’t accept the things that come from the Spirit of God. Things like that are foolish to them. They can’t understand them. In fact, such things can’t be understood without the Spirit’s help. Everyone who has the Spirit can judge all things. But no one can judge those who have the Spirit. It is written, “Who can ever know what is in the Lord’s mind? Can anyone ever teach him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:8-16 NIV)

This is one of those True or False paragraphs. It is so wonderful, we hesitate to say “True.” We dare not say “False.” Meditate on this truth.

(An excerpt from On Being a Christian by Jim Wilson)

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