For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Cor 2:16 NASB
Paul concludes 1 Corinthians 2, “We have the mind of Christ.” In the preceeding verses he explains what that means.
Paul says he didn’t come with “brilliance of speech or wisdom but in knowing Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” Paul of himself, came in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling, not with persuasive words of wisdom. But, in knowing “Jesus Christ,” he came. “not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit, so that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom but on God’s power.”
1When I came to you, brothers [and sisters], announcing the testimony of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom. 2For I didn’t think it was a good idea to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit, 5so that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 HCSB
“Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God.” Cf. Ro 8:15 …“We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people.” “Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God.”
6However, we do speak a wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age, or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7On the contrary, we speak God’s hidden wisdom in mystery, a wisdom God predestined before the ages for our glory. 8None of the rulers of this age knew this wisdom, for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9But as it is written:
- What eye did not see and ear did not hear,
- and what never entered the human mind —
- God prepared this for those who love Him. [Is 52:15; 64:4; Lk 10:27; 1Jn 4:20]
10Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man that is in him? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God. 13We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. 14But the unbeliever does not welcome what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated spiritually. 15The spiritual person, however, can evaluate everything, yet he himself cannot be evaluated by anyone. 16For
- who has known the Lord’s mind,
- that he may instruct Him? [Is 40:13]
But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 HCSB Cf. Col 2:2
“But we have the mind of Christ.”
By the Holy Spirit to our spirit, we can discern thoughts, words, and deeds, as to their sinfulness or agreement with the Word and will of God. Those with only the spirit of the world can’t.
“That is, we believers possess the Holy Spirit, who reveals the thoughts and purposes of Christ. The revelation of the kingdom of God that Jesus preached was not understood by the intellect of men but by those who welcomed his truth. Humanly speaking, no one can understand the mysteries of God without the Holy Spirit. Those who have the Holy Spirit now possess the perceptions of Christ’s mind and can implement his purposes on the earth.” Footnote from The Passion Translation
Let other people decry and condemn the preaching of the Cross as unreasonable, utter nonsense, those whose hearts and minds the Spirit has prepared through faith are able to comprehend its unspeakable wisdom.
…Every one that attempts to pass judgment upon spiritual persons presumes to be a counselor of the Lord; every one that endeavors to correct the words of the Spirit’s teaching presumes to be a teacher of God. To all carnal-minded critics, therefore, we Christians can throw down the challenge: As for us, we have the mind of Christ. Kretzmann 1Cor 2
Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians and us for spiritual insight
15For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, 16do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; 17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Eph 1:15-23 NASB
May that prayer soak into your spirit by the Holy Spirit—Spirit to spirit.