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Being of Sound Mind

April 10, 2017

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (NIV)

“2 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

 

#1: The mind of Christ stands in sharp contrast to the wisdom of man

 

1 Corinthians 2:6-8 (NIV)

“6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

 

#2: The mind of Christ involves wisdom from God once hidden but now revealed

 

1 Corinthians 2:9-12 (NIV)

“9 However, as it is written: What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him— 10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 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.

 

#3: The mind of Christ is given to believers through the Spirit of God

 

1 Corinthians 2:13-14 (NIV)

“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.

 

#4: The mind of Christ cannot be understood by those without the Spirit

 

1 Corinthians 2:15 (NIV)

15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments,

 

#5: The mind of Christ gives believers discernment in spiritual matters

 

Ephesians 4:22-24

“22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

 

Romans 12:2

“2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

 

Cleansing of our minds

Our mind is corrupt regardless of how cleaned up we think we are. The lack of understanding and watered down information we have received causes us to be unable to see it or fix it.

 

God wouldn’t have said to renew our minds if we didn’t need it. Our weakness is after we become familiar with the Bible, we think we know something and that is where we actually stumble.

 

The reading of the Word over a period of years cleanses our minds of the world’s thinking.

 

Review: God’s wisdom revealed by the Spirit

1)The mind of Christ stands in sharp contrast to the wisdom of man

2)The mind of Christ involved wisdom from God once hidden but now revealed

3)The mind of Christ is given to believers through the Spirit of God

4)The mind of Christ cannot be understood by those without the Spirit

5)The mind of Christ gives believers discernment in spiritual matters

 

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