Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5
When Paul came to town he had recently had to flee from Thessalonica and from Berea because of persecution and he came “in weakness and fear, and with much trembling”. But that didn’t matter so much – because when he spoke the simple message of Jesus Christ crucified –this simple message was accompanied by a demonstration of the Spirit’s power. What exactly happened we don’t know – but we can assume that lives were miraculously changed.
Paul reminds us that in order for someone to understand and respond to the gospel message (that Jesus’ death on the cross provides the way of salvation for all humanity) takes a work of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the mind of Christ at work in every believer. Have you ever wished you could read someone’s mind? Here Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit knows the thoughts of God (verse 10), and then he goes on in verse 12 to teach us that we who are believers in Christ have received the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
What does this mean?
- -this means we can judge ethical matters rightly.
- -this means we can understand the truth.
- -this means we can apprehend the deep things of God. (for the spirit of God searches all things – even the deep things of God.)
- -this does not mean we are guaranteed to always be right.
- -this does not mean we do not need to read and know the Bible.
As wonderful as it is to know that “we have the mind of Christ” we’ll always be given a choice about whether we will follow the “mind of Christ” or the “mind of ourselves”.