Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Mind of Christ

1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 & 16, New King James Version

The Mind of Christ

As Christians, we do not begin to understand the power God has given to us. The Apostle Paul is a perfect example. When he came before the people, he did not wow them with excellent speech, thereby impressing them with his great intellect. He was also not afraid to walk right beside them, experiencing the same things that they experienced.

Why was this? Paul certainly had the capacity to show his greatness to them. He gives us his own explanation in verses 3-5 shown above.

3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

We must never loose sight of the fact that we are not representing ourselves, but rather, everything we do and say, as Christians, is representing Christ. Whether people even know that we are Christians, we walk before them as, perhaps, the only "Bible" they have ever read. It is an immense responsibility, and one which we tend to minimize because we are so consumed with our own lives and our own interests.

Do you find yourself offering the excuse, "Well I am not all that intelligent, and I know very little about the Bible."? To say such is to not understand the power that God has instilled in us upon our conversion to Christ. Very few of us are denied the opportunity to read and study our Bibles; we are assured that the Holy Spirit within us will guide us in understanding the Word. It is also our responsibility, if possible, to find a Bible-believing church so that we may grow under the faithful ministry of a Pastor, as well as fellowship with other people of God.

But, even more than this, look at verse 16.

16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

We have the mind of Christ! I encourage you to ponder that as you go about the duties of this day.

God Bless You,
Linda

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