Sunday, February 14, 2010
Mind of Christ
In cross examination by the religionists of His age, Jesus was asked which was the greatest of the laws. He responded in Matthew 22 as follows;
37... Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38This is the first and great commandment.
He was recalling Moses' great standard from Deuteronomy 6.
But that precedent did not include the final words "with all thy mind". Why the addition? I believe that it is not the natural mind or the legalistic mind which can love the Lord as required. But rather the imparted "mind of Christ".
This is a New Covenant opportunity which through the new birth and the indwelling Spirit gives us eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to understand the things which are spiritually discerned, the things which are wisdom from above, but considered foolishness by the natural man.
Jesus was constantly saying, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear, etc." In just such a fashion our minds are renewed. In His light we see light. It is a gift more than an education.
This is the mentality constituting a worthy sacrifice unto the Lord, in addition to the sacrifice of the heart and will. All of these offerings generate the "love response". Without it there can be no holy living.
Now would be a good time to consider the first and second chapters of First Corinthians. Think on these things.
1 Corinthians 2:
16For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.
(Sculpture, The Thinker by Rodin)