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1 Corinthians 2:14-16
1 Corinthians 2:14–16 (ESV): "14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 "For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ."
A mind is a beautiful thing to waste and that can't be any truer for the Christian who has been given the mind of Christ. May we not waste it!
Paul, speaking to very carnal Christians, reminds them of the spiritual truth that the natural man cannot discern the things of God. He has no capacity to understand the Word of God for it is a spiritually discerned book, thus he considers it foolishness. In order to understand we need the Spirit of God. He becomes our teacher and our empowerment. He has given us the mind of Yahweh who is Christ.
Believers are called to a different level of living because our eyes have been opened by the truth. We are no longer in the dark but we have been brought into marvelous light. Although the natural man can't judge us, we are called to a higher standard of living by the Spirit of God. Having Christ's mind we are to walk as Christ walked. So walk Christian and share the Gospel with words if necessary but never expect the natural man to respect who you are and what you stand for because he cannot, he is void of understanding spiritual truth. Live it before him that Christ might use you as an example of what a changed life looks like!
Father, we thank You for Your Spirit who gives us the mind of Christ. What an incredible gift we've been given. Help us to not take it for granted but to use this beautiful mind to witness by our walk before the natural man. Let our lives reflect that of Jesus that He might use us to bring many to glory we pray in Jesus name, amen!
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