Day Two: The Mind of Christ

1 Corinthians 2:12-16  12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 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.

“Thus Paul’s preaching of the cross came with “words taught by the Spirit” (v. 13), which included “explaining Spiritual things by Spiritual means” (= the things taught by the Spirit with language appropriate to the Spirit). To have the Spirit in this way means not to be subject to merely human judgments; rather, it means to have the mind of Christ (vv. 15–16; cf. 7:25, 40). Pivotal to Paul’s argument is that this revelation should be the common experience of all who have received the Spirit. Paul’s problem with the Corinthians was that they considered themselves to be people of the Spirit, yet were abandoning the cross for human wisdom and rhetoric. Hence the vital role of the Spirit, who reveals to those who love God what was formerly hidden (1 Cor 2:9–10), namely, what God in Christ has freely given us (v. 12). [Fee, Gordon. Paul, the Spirit, and the people of God. Page 80]

Today let’s pray and ask for the Spirit given revelation in our lives—to have the mind of Christ in regards to all things.  As you pray listen to this song “Living with a fire” by Jesus Culture (click here).

-GK

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