The Mind of Christ
1 Corinthians 2:6–16
Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” — these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:6–16 ESV)
Paul, just got done talking about how he did not approach the Corinthians with plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. He’s still arguing through the issue of the Corinthians putting people on pedestals and dividing over who was baptized by whom. What he’s arguing for here is that the mature in Christ have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. So, we should no longer be controlled by the natural man. We judge things by the new man, for we have the mind of Christ.
Paul starts his discussion by arguing for the Corinthians to resist the natural man’s tendency toward division and judge for themselves because they have the mind of Christ. He doesn’t give them a list of do’s and don’ts but first seeks their heart.
I have the mind of Christ, I am no longer controlled by the natural man. But how many times do I live like I am controlled by the natural man? And how many times do I approach people with a do and don’t do list rather than imploring them to they have the mind of Christ? Lord help me live in this truth today that I have been given a secret wisdom, a spiritual wisdom, that I have the mind of Christ.