Thursday, July 3, 2014
The Mind of Christ
Just before a big test, a student may wish he could have a brain transplant. Old-school science fiction films, Looney Tunes cartoons, and one Steve Martin movie all speculate on what it would be like to transfer one person's brain to another person's body. But it's not really possible...is it? 1 Corinthians 2:16 says it is. In fact, according to that Scriptural promise, we have access to the greatest mind in human history: The mind of Christ. This doesn't mean that Jesus wants to wipe out all of our personality, thoughts, and memories. It does mean we can learn to see the world as He does. That's one of the wonderful, life-giving ways the Holy Spirit makes Himself known to us.
The God we believe in is a God who has all knowledge. Everything that’s worth knowing, everything you will ever need to know for every question, every mystery, every situation of life, He knows. And because He loves you, He wants you to have the knowledge you need, too. He wants you to understand the answers to the most important spiritual questions of life, so you can live righteously and be assured of eternal life in heaven. He wants you to know right from wrong, so that in every situation, every moral decision, you have a fool-proof standard by which to make your choice. He wants you to see the world as He does. And He is trying to communicate these things to you. So let me ask you: Are you interested in knowing what God wants you to know? If your honest answer is no, then my sermon this Sunday isn’t the sermon for you. But if it’s yes, that’s where the Holy Spirit comes in, as our text today (2 Corinthians 2:10-16) shows. The Holy Spirit of God is our teacher. How do we learn the lessons He is trying to teach us?