The Mind of God: A Few Observations

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 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.”
–1CORINTHIANS 2:16

Not much has been written concerning the phrase “the mind of Christ.”

At least not much has been written by believers.

The phrase, “the mind of Christ” only appears once in the Bible in 1CORINTHIANS.  The thought behind that verse comes mainly from the Old Testament, with passages from Isaiah and Jeremiah chief among them.

HOWEVER, none of the OT verses refer to a man having the “mind of the LORD.”

“Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him? “
–Isaiah 40:13

“For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it?”
–Jeremiah 23:18

So, here are a few observations from some fairly recent conversations (mostly attempted) about believers having the mind of Christ.

1- Having the mind of Christ does NOT mean that the believer knows everything that God or His Son, Jesus Christ, knows.

More than one person wanted the answer to the same general question: IF one has the ‘mind of Christ,’ why doesn’t one know everything?

Having the mind of Christ means the believer now understands the purpose, goals and aims of God. It does NOT mean that the believer now understands EVERYTHING. Because of God’s Holy Spirit–who takes up residence in the body of each believer–those with the ‘mind of Christ’ now UNDERSTAND the Word of God (where previously, they relied on the world to provide answers).

God’s Holy Spirit will lead the believer into ALL truth–and the only source of truth in today’s world is God’s Word. Therefore, the believer understands so much of God’s Word which was previously foreign to him.

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
–John 16:13

2- There is another reason that believers do not possess perfect knowledge of all things despite the indwelling of the Holy Spirit: the Holy Spirit might be present, but He lives in a body of dirt (dust).

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
–Genesis 2:7

The sharp contrast of God’s Holy Spirit living in a body of corruption, decay and dirt was what the apostle Paul was referring to in 2CORINTHIANS 4:7.

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”

MORE: Man’s Suit of Dirt: Treasure in Earthen Vessels

3- There is yet ANOTHER reason why believers do not yet possess a perfect knowledge of all things, though they have the ‘mind of Christ.’

Believers may have the Spirit of God dwelling inside of them, but this is NOT the full-blown Holy Spirit as He will be when believers are no longer hampered by their corrupt bodies. Once the body of a believer is transformed, then the Holy Spirit will be present in all of His glory.

“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”
–1CORINTHIANS 15:53-55

UNTIL that time believers are completely transformed, the Holy Spirit which is present in the believer is only a down payment: what the Bible calls an “earnest.

“Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.”
–2CORINTHIANS 1:21-22

So, believers operate with a PORTION of the Holy Spirit they will receive later, after their bodies are transformed into incorruptible bodies.

4- The mind of God and the mind of Christ are one and the same.

5- Though it may seem like believers are laboring under a handicap by not yet having the full mind of Christ or a full portion of God’s Holy Spirit, it would be a mistake for any to think so.

A portion of God’s Holy Spirit still packs an incredible amount of spiritual punch.

Though the mind of Christ may have limits in this corrupt body and in this present world, enjoying the fruits of a portion of the Holy Spirit guiding a believer ‘into all truth’ is very powerful.

Deceptions which may have only been pondered–or not recognized at all–are revealed.

God’s Word is studied with a new-found burst of understanding.

IN FACT, the believer may initially be somewhat surprised at the wealth of new knowledge without a visible source which he possesses.

“How do I know this?” may be the top question the new believer finds himself asking when is not yet aware that he has the ‘mind of Christ.’

DOES the reader have the mind of Christ?

DOES the reader hope to achieve this condition in the near future?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: August 5 2020.]

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