Monday, 17 May 2021

The Mind of Christ


Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2 v 12 - 16: "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14  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.
15  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 
16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."

Our minds are exceedingly complex and capable of great creative thinking; ability to solve mysteries; manoeuvre arguments and debates, and comfort a little child. We can make split second life-changing decisions and long term progressive unravelling of crime as well as absorb and memorise huge quantities of data.

Strange to think that its been measured that the normal human mind only uses 10% of its capacity in its lifetime. A mind like Einstein used perhaps 15%!! So why do we have such a great waste of brilliant space inside our heads?

When Adam fell under the Serpent's power in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3, he was sent out of the Garden to earn a living by the sweat of his brow. He lost his companionship with God and had to get creative on his own soul  and physical level. 

All mankind dropped from the spiritual heights they could potentially reach to the more mundane soul level.  Only individual people like Moses, David, Samuel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Elijah and Elisha, who were specifically anointed by God to prophesy and do miracles, climbed beyond the norm.

Jesus was the Last Adam, and the Second Man - 1 Corinthians 15 v 45 - 47: "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
 46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven."

So Jesus was the last human born under the fallen Adamic race, and, after His death, the firstborn of the new creation - Romans 8 v 29: "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren."

Adam was the First Man, made of clay or earthy, and he fell causing every human born after him to be born at a lower stature and be subject to sin.  This was the barrier between God and Man that only blood sacrifice could remove.  Jesus was the Second Man, like Adam created by God, but Jesus was the Lord from Heaven.  Between the two Adams were millions of souls that needed saving.

Jesus' death ended that curse. His resurrection gave every person who believed He is the Son of God the potential to be restored to the sinless stature Adam had with God before the fall. We must be born again, baptised in water and the Holy Spirit to have the fullness of the original creation.  We need to understand all that Jesus bestowed on us because we are conformed, from the moment we get saved, to become like Him.

When we discover this simple pathway to God and endeavour to live sin-free lives we begin to have more of our brain power restored to us. The gifts of the Holy Spirit reopen the Divine Life within us to possess the Mind of Christ.

Isaiah 55 v 8 - 9: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."

We need the power of the Holy Spirit to bring us to where we can possess the mind of Christ.  Our finite or carnal minds can never bridge that gap but the Holy Spirit enables us to enter in to those divine portals to fellowship Spirit to Spirit with the Lord.

A poor physical example would be from snail mail via air, land or sea becoming e-mail on the internet.  This has led to mighty changes in the speed with which information is passed between people and groups, until now we have Zoom and Skype where we can communicate face to face.  Very special tools during lockdown and social distancing.

Speaking in tongues edifies our minds as we communicate with unknown words directly with our Father in Heaven. We pour out our real needs to God and He responds by refreshing our spirit and sending solutions to our problems.  This heavenly language enables us to pray without ceasing as we can speak in tongues while driving our cars, washing the dog, cleaning house or doing our devotions.  Many times, if we ask Him, God will give us the interpretation of our tongues.

A word of knowledge or word of wisdom pops into our minds. It is supernatural knowledge, something we did not know beforehand. It gets us out of trouble or helps us minister to someone else in a deep and fruitful way. It opens up revelation knowledge to us from the Word of God.

Prophecy and interpretation of tongues are real encouragement from our Father to know He is watching over us and will bless us if we do well and chastise us if we need it. Miracles, healing, deliverance from demons - through being able to discern spirits - is of unimaginable value.

The gift of faith which so surpasses our normal faith to believe God for the utterly impossible, and see that happen, over and over, is indescribable in its depth, breadth and height. This is how, through the power of the Holy Spirit, that we possess the mind of Christ.

We enter into His thoughts and flow with His will for us when we allow Him full control of our lives. Entire days are spent in effective prayer when you are constantly in tune with the mind of Jesus, aware of His plans, being made party to overall outworking of the lives of all people who on Earth do dwell.

To know what Jesus is thinking and desiring about people and situations is 90% of the solution to problems. The 10% is to pray it through with Him before the Father. If the Father hears our petitions which should be according to His will, we will get whatever we ask for.

It takes time to get into the flow and staying tuned in to the voice of the Lord especially with the many distractions of the world to contend with, but when your spiritual life is enhanced by the Holy Spirit your involvement with worldly pursuits decreases remarkably. 

You have to want the Mind of Christ with all your heart to come up to it, but when you do, and you receive it, there is nothing to compare with that adventure of Spirit. It is joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Prayer: Heavenly Father we need to walk in Your truth with the Mind of Jesus Christ. Help us to get to this place in our spiritual lives where we are using the full capacity of our minds, so that we can turn this world upside down for You, and rescue the sinners for eternity in Heaven. In Jesus' name. Amen.