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  1. Donald McMahon
    August 19, 2019

    “The Mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:4–16)(8.18.19)
    1 Corinthians 2:1–16 (NIV84)
    When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.
    6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written:
    “No eye has seen,
    no ear has heard,
    no mind has conceived
    what God has prepared for those who love him”—
    10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
    The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:
    16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord
    that he may instruct him?”
    But we have the mind of Christ…But we have the mind of Christ.
    The word of God for the people of God.
    Title: The Mind of Christ
    Christians have often been accused of being simple minded. Because we believe in angels and demons, we are compared to childish followers of fairy tales. You believe in God? Doesn’t science make God obsolete, a leftover of a primitive people?
    We have all heard the quote from Karl Marx: “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.” Our faith in the Lord Jesus as the Son of God is attributed to silly foolishness at best or naïve stupidity at worst.
    Must we disengage our minds to be Christians? Absolutely not! As a matter of fact, the Bible encourages us to exercise our cognitive abilities to the utmost. We are specifically told to be reasonable, thoughtful, contemplative people.
    Romans 12:2 (NIV84) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
    Isaiah 1:18 (NIV84)
    18 “Come now, let us reason together,”
    says the Lord.
    “Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
    though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool.
    2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV84) We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
    Philippians 2:5 (ESV) Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
    Then, what may be the capstone of this thought train, the closing words of today’s scripture: “But we have the mind of Christ.” Could there be a more sublime goal than to have the Mind of the Messiah?
    My Bible software is called Logos, because Jesus is called The Logos. We find it in the opening words of the Gospel of John. John 1:1–3 (NIV84)
    1 In the beginning was the Word [in the Greek: the logos], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
    14 The Word [the logos] became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
    And, we know from the account in Genesis that God spoke creation into existence.
    While it is a little more complicated, in general, thought, thinking, happens in words. I am trying to convey my insights about the Mind of Christ to you through words. You are hearing the words, processing them, evaluating them and categorizing them in a way that makes sense in your brain. The message is layered and indexed for later retrieval. Hopefully, it also connects with some emotional centers to more fully establish it in your memory. Maybe some of these images will help lock these truths in place.
    Yes, Jesus came full of grace and truth. In fact, Jesus calls himself, the way, the truth, and the life. We must use our minds to discern truth. Pilate asked the question that most all of humanity asks, “What is truth?” In this age, it seems we have competing truths. But, the man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them. He simply is not capable of receiving the truth.
    If we have the mind of Christ, we are able to think clearly and godly. If we have the mind of Christ, we have discernment. If we have the mind of Christ, we will know the truth and it will set us free. If we have the mind of The Logos, we can have access to the deep things of God.
    You will notice in this second chapter of 1st Corinthians, our Trinitarian God comes into full view. It is why I did my demonstration for the Children’s Chat. Jesus the Christ is mentioned three times. The second and last verse frame the chapter with Jesus. And, the crucifixion of the Christ is the inconceivably wisdom of God.
    God is mentioned over and over again. In several places it infers God the Father without specifying “the Father.” God the Spirit and the Spirit of God are referred to constantly. In fact, the Holy Spirit is the one who makes it possible for us to have the mind of Christ.
    Now, I am going to share an understanding of the Trinity that is more sophisticated than the ice, water, and steam model I showed during the Children’s Chat. It will require some effort to follow. I have been wrestling with it for the last six weeks. It seems to be quite appropriate for this scripture and the importance of the mind of Christ. You can hear a 20 minute explanation by going to a June 26 Facebook post on my or the Emmaus Church timeline. It is a podcast by R.C. Sproul.
    “God is a conscious being. He thinks. Your personality is contained in your mind. Our bodies are part of us, but your body is not “you” you. There is a sense that we live in our consciousness, in our soul, in our mind. God is pure spirit with no body. God is a conscious spirit. God in his very being is eternally conscious and eternally thinking. When God knows something he knows it completely, purely, perfectly, and exhaustively.
    God is completely aware of himself. We sometimes lie to or fool ourselves. Part of our self-awareness is knowing our self. God has a perfect self-awareness and it is complete in every conceivable way. God’s self-awareness goes out into all eternity and bends back to his mind. Nothing is absent from His self-conscious. This is God’s perfect image of God, all that God is in eternity. This is the eternal logos of God, the Word, the ideas and thinking of God, the second person of the Trinity that took upon himself human flesh in the person of Jesus.
    God also eternally wills – the mind choosing – the mind expressing his desire – expressing his perfect pleasure. The highest thing that God wills is the highest good because his will is altogether perfect. The supreme desire of God is for God. God’s Will also goes out into eternity and bends back to himself.
    The perfect Father and perfect Son have a perfect love. They share the same Will. There is Eternal Fellowship within the being of God. That perfect relationship is the holy Will of God. An eternal fellowship, an eternal inter-relatedness. The Will – the active choosing of Father and Son for each other. This Will is the Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit proceeds out from the Father and the Son.”
    Probably, I have not expressed this explanation exactly, if it is even possible. If you were able to take it in on this first hearing, may God be praised. I encourage you to listen to it again on Facebook or our website. Hopefully, you have assimilated enough of it to see the connection to the mind of Christ. If we have the mind of Christ, we have, in fact, the mind of God. How amazing is that?
    This chapter of 1st Corinthians makes it perfectly clear that there are two groups of people: those that have the Spirit of God and those who do not. You are either trusting in the wisdom of men or the wisdom of God. It seems like such a simple choice. The wisdom of God is only available through God the Holy Spirit.
    1 Corinthians 6:19–20 (NIV84) 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. How do we receive God the Holy Spirit?
    By faith in the crucified Lord of Glory, which Paul explains in the first few verses. When he first came to Corinth, he spoke about Jesus continually; Jesus Christ, Jesus the Messiah. AND, him crucified. As Protestants, we tend to focus on the resurrection of Jesus, which is perfectly understandable. The danger of underplaying Christ’s crucifixion is seen in the Churches of America today. The Messiah had to die for our sins, yours and mine. We must face up to our personal responsibility for Christ’s crucifixion. If we hadn’t sinned against our perfectly holy God, we would not need a Savior.
    The second part of Paul’s preaching to unbelievers is that he did not use wise and persuasive words. If you are saved through human power, you are not saved at all! Human wisdom cannot save. Human logic cannot comprehend what God has prepared for those who love him. It may be a form of religion; but, it cannot have the staying power because the power that stays comes from God the Holy Spirit.
    This week, I met with people that believe they are Christians. As children, they were baptized. They don’t go to church. They don’t read their Bibles. They don’t have a devotional life. They say, “We are spiritual, but not religious.” They say, “We are good people.” Do you think they are speaking in human wisdom or the Spirit of God?
    Before there was a church in Corinth, the people had not had the opportunity to hear the gospel, the good news of Jesus. Paul stuck to the basics, Jesus Christ and him crucified. If the people came to faith, it had to be by the Spirit’s Power; God’s power, for the Spirit is God. When that happens, they are truly new creations. The Spirit of God begins the transformation process.
    There is an entirely different message for the mature believer. Now, Paul can speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. A mature believer is prepared to hear the mystery of God, hidden in the past but is now revealed to us by his Spirit.
    There are two kinds of wisdom, human and God’s. There is the spirit of this world, the spirit of this age, and then there are the things that come from the Spirit of God. To the unbeliever, the things of God are foolishness. Without the Holy Spirit, they are unable to discern Spiritual things. We shake our head in wonder at the brokenness of this world as we listen to the daily news. It should not surprise us.
    The Holy Spirit is also called our Teacher. He reminds us of the things that Jesus said. He enables us to understand the things of God We are able to understand what God has freely given us. We have been given a place in God’s family. We have been sealed by the Holy Spirit, guaranteeing our redemption and inheritance. We wear the righteousness of Christ. We have the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit.
    You have heard of will power. This is a very real thing. Where there is a will there is a way. Without Will-power, we cannot sustain our good intentions of fulfill our purpose. Too many Christians struggle in their faith walk. They have quenched the Spirit of God or grieved the Holy Spirit. Instead of submitting to the leading of the Spirit, they turn back to the things of the world.
    For me, I want as much of God as I can get. For that to happen, I have to get out of my own way and make way for the Almighty. To have the power of God, we must have the Spirit of God. When our will is aligned with the Will of God, then we be able to test and approve God’s will for us.

    Here is a perfectly appropriate poem by Kate B. Wilkinson –

    May the mind of Christ, my Saviour,
    Live in me from day to day,
    By His love and pow’r controlling
    All I do and say.
    May the Word of God dwell richly
    In my heart from hour to hour,
    So that all may see I triumph
    Only through His pow’r.
    May the peace of God, my Father,
    Rule my life in everything,
    That I may be calm to comfort
    Sick and sorrowing.
    May the love of Jesus fill me,
    As the waters fill the sea;
    Him exalting, self abasing,
    This is victory.
    May I run the race before me,
    Strong and brave to face the foe,
    Looking only unto Jesus
    As I onward go.
    May His beauty rest upon me
    As I seek the lost to win,
    And may they forget the channel,
    Seeing only Him.
    Do not worry about what the world thinks about you. They are in no position to judge you. They are blinded in their unbelief. You love God and he will reveal the deep things you yearn to learn through the Spirit of God. When the mind of Christ rules your life, you will be truly living.
    Amen and amen. Let us pray.

    • Donald McMahon
      August 19, 2019

      SERMON NOTES 8/18/19

      1. What two statements make it clear that the Spirit is God?

      2. What are the prominent words in this scripture?

      3. Explain the major distinction being made.

      4. What is the mind of Christ?

      5. Do you have the mind of Christ? Explain your answer.


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