“We have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16)
Today’s devotional is a review of a chapter in my book “Living the Christ Life” (the God-like potential and Christ-like capabilities that Christ’s salvation has every authentic follower of Jesus newly created to achieve — Galatians 3:27 with Philippians 1:21) that I am editing for publishing.
2 Corinthians 10:5 promises Christ’s salvation has our human mind newly created with his same mind control ability for us to control sinful thoughts from entering; or if already entered, for us to cast them out. Jesus never controls anyone’s mind for anything. Satan, other people and things control our minds if we don’t do the controlling.
1 Corinthians 2:16 promises that every person authentically saved by Christ’s salvation has Jesus’ same mind capability for learning spiritual knowledge and wisdom. Jesus makes available to all his followers all his knowledge and wisdom stored inside his mind as our own personal religious library. Bookshelves covering every inch within Earth, heaven and hell would not be enough room to store such vast knowledge.
The Bible is the doorway into Jesus’ mind, and the Holy Spirit is our teacher (John 16:13-15). Be forewarned, that the Holy Spirit will never teach any person wisdom directly from the mind of Jesus who chooses to believe the perverted doctrines within his religious denomination, pastor, favorite religious book author, radio and TV minister, religious university, rather than believe Christ’s mind. Jesus’ response to such is “let the ignorant be ignorant” (1 Corinthians 14:38).
Revelation 5:9 is exciting, that our entrance or forbiddance into the mind of Jesus to learn his knowledge and wisdom isn’t determined by our righteous or sinful behavior. Learning directly from the mind of Jesus can actually deliver us from sinful addictions (Psalms 119:9; John 15: 3; John 17:17; 1 John 3:3, 6-7; 5:18). Only Jesus’ blood, death and resurrection give us unhindering access inside Christ’s mind that will teach us how to live Christ’s same holy morality in our perverted, depraved society, as Jesus lived in his sinfully depraved society; including how to accomplish his same ministerial achievements (John 14:10).
Just as Jesus’ death on the cross guarantees us forgiveness and deliverance from all our sins including heaven when we die, even so his salvation guarantees us that we can learn as much as we desire of his knowledge and wisdom stored inside his divine mind. I have learned from Proverbs 8:34 below how entering the mind of Jesus is accomplished while reading my Bible: “Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.”
Don’t be discouraged when your heavenly tutor doesn’t meet to teach you every time you open your Bible for him to teach you. He teaches only according to his timing, not ours.
Until the first Saturday of next month, “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with each and everyone of you” (2 Corinthians 13:14).
The Rev. G. David Henderson is the pastor of Temple of the Lord at 611 S. Green St. in Dalton. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. His column appears on the first Saturday of the month.