'THE MIND OF CHRIST'
Monday, 25 November 2019
1 Corinthians 2 : 1-16
“… But we have the mind of Christ.” - 1 Corinthians 2:16
The Epistle of 1 Corinthians was written by Apostle Paul to correct certain mistakes in the Church in Corinth. It was a response to two letters received by Paul – one from the household of Chloe (1 Cor. 1:11) detailing the divisions and immorality in the Church. These problems arose because the young Church at Corinth failed to protect itself from the pagan culture of the city. The second letter that Paul received was a set of questions written by three men Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus (1Cor.16:17)-on questions about marriage and singleness (1Cor.7:1-40) and Christian liberty (1Cor.8:1-11:1).
The immaturity of Corinthian believers have given way to divisions and visible presence of their ego centric life style. Corinthians gloried in their strength, their wealth and their gifts. Christ was glorified in His humility and death. [Adapted from NKJV Study Bible]
Paul here exhorts the believers at Corinth and believers everywhere to model Jesus Christ. Our key verse today -1 Cor. 2:16 summarizes it all – have the mind of Christ! ‘Mind’ refers to the faculty of mental perception and apprehension and of conscious life. Paul also exposes the folly of Gnostics, a group of false religious teachers who always claimed some secret knowledge that was only available to a very special inner circle of spiritual leaders.
Christian life should be without pretense--it is not unapproachable by common man; it is not impractical either. Paul in this portion is breaking the wall of religiosity and speaking about the pure and plain Christian character which has the distinct mark of humility.
Looking at Paul from today’s reading, we can see the mind of Christ reflected in him:
Paul’s message and preaching – by the demonstration of the Spirit and of Power (1 Cor. 2:4). He did not choose to impress people but impart to them Christ crucified whom he had experienced.
Paul’s faith rested not in the wisdom of men but in the power of God (1 Cor. 2:5). The basis of our faith is in the power of GOD! Faith in who He is and what He can do. Hebrews 11:6 says, “…for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Paul spoke the wisdom of God which was revealed to him by the Spirit of God working within him (1 Cor. 2:6-12). Anyone who believes there is some mysterious wisdom to be searched and sought after (like the Gnostics) should understand what it says in Colossians 1:26-27: “the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Paul being spiritual was able to discern/understand/judge all things (1 Cor. 2:13-15)- had a spiritual discernment. Only a mind given to the Spirit of God can have such discernment while living in this world.
However, it is impossible for a person of the world to attain this humility!- attained only by having the mind of Christ! 2 Peter 1:4 says we become “partakers of the divine nature.” The divine nature, which is the reflection of the “mind of Christ” is not acquired rather it is imparted, we partake in it. This is possible only if a person becomes one with Christ and maintains that position. Brothers and Sisters, endeavor to have the mind of Christ! That’s the key to a successful Christian life!
Heavenly Father, I pray that You impart to me the
mind of Christ that I may live a life pleasing to You.
In Jesus' name, Amen.
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