“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” (1Cor. 2:16)
What does it mean to “…have the mind of Christ”?
The word “have” in the Greek means to access, and the word “mind” in the Greek means the intellect or the understanding.
In other words, to say that we “have the mind of Christ” means that we are able to access the intellect or understanding that Christ has.
We have this access through the Holy Spirit.
“For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” (1Cor. 2:11)
Jesus Christ said that He is the fullness of the Godhead bodily. (Col. 2:9)
The Bible says that He is the image of the invisible God. (Col. 1:15)
Jesus said, “I and my Father are one.” (John 10:30) and Jesus said, “…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” (John 14:9)
“For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.” (John 3:34)
Even though Christ is the fullness of the Godhead, even though He and the Father are one, even though He is the image of the invisible God and has the full measure of the Spirit, there are still even some things that the Father has not revealed to Him.
“But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” (Mark 13:32)
In the same way that there are still some things that the Father has not revealed to the Son, there are some things that the Son will not yet reveal unto us.
But those things that He will reveal, those things of which the Bible says “…Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man…” He will make us to know and understand completely “…by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”
This is done by us having (accessing) the mind of Christ.
But what exactly is the mind of Christ?
First of all, the mind of Christ is an attitude.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” (Phillip. 2:5)
The word for “mind” in this verse of Scripture is the Greek word meaning “to be mentally disposed” or “attitude”.
“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Phillip. 2:6-8)
Before we can ever access the intellect or knowing of Christ, we must first have the attitude of Christ.
The Bible says,
“Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.” (1Cor. 8:1)
The Bible teaches that having knowledge has the potential to make one proud, and that “…God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” (James 4:6)
Before God will reveal the “deep things” unto us, we must make a decision to do whatever is necessary to be humble before God and man.
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” (James 4:6)
“Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” (1Peter 5:5)
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” (James 4:10)
Being humble is not something that God will do for us. God will not make us humble, but He will help us to be humble when we “humble ourselves” and set our hearts to walk in humility.
It is not something that will happen automatically. Humility will only happen when we crucify the flesh daily and strive to walk in it, especially when the devil begins to tell us how “smart” we are as God begins to reveal His “deeper things” unto us.
Once we have set our heart to walk in humility and having knowledge does not “puff” us up or make us proud, then God will entrust to us the “deeper things”.
We will give God, and not ourselves, all the glory for the revelation of the knowledge of His Word.
The mind of Christ is not only knowing the “deeper things” of God but understanding what they mean and how they apply.
“Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. (Pro 24:3-4)
If knowledge is knowing the deeper things of God, then understanding is realizing their meaning and wisdom is discerning how they apply to us and others.
There is only one source for all three:
“For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” (Prov. 2:6)
No amount of Scripture memorization, writings of great theologians, or modern translations of the Bible can take the place of the Holy Spirit.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1Cor. 2:14)
A very wise old Pastor once told me, “If the Holy Spirit can’t teach you the King James Version, then He can’t teach you any other version.”
The Apostle Paul was on the backside of a Syrian desert when the Lord supernaturally revealed unto Him the same truths that He had spent three years teaching the other disciples.
The Apostle John was imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos when the Holy Spirit revealed unto him The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul talks about a man who was “…caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.” (2Cor. 12:4)
The only way to have the mind of Christ and receive the deeper revelations of the things of God is to first seek after the Holy Spirit. And the only way to receive the Holy Spirit is to ask.
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13)
The revelation of the mind of Christ is sometimes manifested in the Church as a gift of the Holy Spirit so that the whole Body can receive edification.
“For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;” (1Cor. 12:8)
“But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” (1Cor. 12:11)
However, every individual who has been born again and received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost is a candidate to have the manifestation of the Spirit and the mind of Christ; whether in the Church, during their personal time alone with God, or manifested in ministry to others.
“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry…until ye be endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” (1Cor. 12:7)
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2Tim. 2:15)
“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” (1John 2:27)
How do we know when we have received the revelation knowledge, understanding, and wisdom that is from the Holy Spirit and of the mind of Christ?
First, our born again spirit will bear witness with His Spirit much as the babe leaped in the womb of Martha when she met Mary.
“For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.” (Luke 1:44)
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” (Rom. 8:16)
Secondly, the wisdom from above will always bear the characteristics of the Holy Spirit.
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17)
And thirdly, when we have the mind of Christ there is a boldness and an authority which we possess that is not our own. We know that we know that we know.
“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” (Prov. 28:1)
“The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.” (John 7:46)
“For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” (Mat. 7:29)
There will be a clarity and understanding that was not possessed before.
It will seem as if the Word of God, its meaning, and its application will “open up” and can be declared with utmost and unwavering certainty.
“And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” (Luke 24:32)
We will know within our heart of hearts that we have heard from God and have the mind of Christ.
(TO BE CONTINUED)