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Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon comes from 1 Corinthians 2:9-16. The title of this sermon is: The Mind of Christ. This is the second week in 1 Corinthians 2. This is week 5 in our series in the book of 1 Corinthians.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:37-38 that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
We are familiar with commandments. God expects commandments to be followed. This is similar to when Dad establishes rules in the house and he expects his kids to follow or obey the rules. This means that to not follow a commandment is to walk in disobedience. Disobedience stalls our progress in sanctification. We can slow down being conformed to the image of Christ so much that we become complacent and apathetic.
We understand what it means to love God with all your heart and soul. We know we are to love him with all that we are, all that we do, all that we say. How we live this life is our ultimate form of worship. Where we get stuck is loving God with all of our mind. Why?
Nobody likes to be told that the way they think is wrong. However, if everything in our mind was made perfect at salvation, then Romans 12:2 would not exist and there would be no process of sanctification because you would be obedient and kind and loving and joyful and generous all of the time.
Because that is not the case, we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Renew means to regenerate, to restore, to rejuvenate, to revive.
How do you know that your mind needs to be renewed?
- The Bible says so
- You are a Christian
- You struggle with areas of unbelief
- You are not perfect
In 1 Corinthians 2, Paul says that we have the mind of Christ. This is not something you achieve or that you earn. It is something you have. You already have the Spirit of God in you. Because of that you also have the mind of Christ. You must believe it. Then you must begin the process of having your mind renewed so that all of you may be transformed.
1 Corinthians 2:9-16
There are things in the Bible that you will understand when God is ready for you to understand them. However, the more we are in the Word, and the more our mind is being renewed by the Word, the more that God will reveal to us through the Holy Spirit.
Who knows your thoughts? We know that God knows your thoughts but who else? Who knows exactly what you are thinking every moment of every day? Not your spouse. Not your friends. Not your kids. Not your co-workers. People only know what you let them know. They have limited information. The only person that knows all of your thoughts every single one of them every moment of every day – is you.
Why is that important?
Because in the same way – No one can grasp or comprehend the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
Here comes the fascinating news: We do not have the spirit of the world. We have the Spirit of God inside of us.
The Holy Spirit helps us to understand what God gives freely to us to understand.
Non-Christians are not able to understand because they do not have the Holy Spirit inside them. Paul calls them natural meaning they have not been renewed. Christians, he calls spiritual because they have entered a process of being renewed. The things of God, preaching, the Bible, they are all folly to a non-Christian. As long as their eyes remain closed to the truth, their hearts remain darkened and we must pray that God would have mercy on them and pray that Jesus saves them.
The Christian is to progress through sanctification, becoming more and more like Jesus. They are to grow up and be mature. They are able to handle deeper things and more theological things. The Christian is able to discern things. What thoughts are from God vs. what thoughts are definitely not from God. What is true and what is false? All truth finds its basis in Jesus because Jesus is the source of all truth.
No one can fully grasp or understand the mind of God. But…Paul says we have the mind of Christ.
We are able to learn, hear, read, and understand. The Holy Spirit helps us grow into maturity renewing our minds to have the mind of Christ.
There is a huge difference in not being able to understand and not wanting to. Non-Christians are not able to understand. Christians have to choose whether or not they want to understand. If you don’t grow into maturity, or you halt or stall your transformation by not having your mind renewed, it’s not the Holy Spirit’s fault. It’s not the Bible’s fault. It’s yours. The Holy Spirit is there to lead and guide you into the understanding of the Bible. The responsibility of everything else falls on you. You have to want to be transformed. You have to want to be renewed. You have to want to be more conformed to the image of Jesus.
You have to want to love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind.
You love God with your mind by having your mind renewed through his Word.
Embrace the gifts that God has given you, stop fighting and resisting what he wants to do in you and through you. Be renewed. Learning to think, talk, and love like Jesus is evidence that you have the mind of Christ. Keep learning. Keep growing. Keep obeying. Keep becoming more like Jesus.
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