Last week, we learned that Salvation is all about relationship: our relationship with Jesus Christ, who is God, through the Holy Spirit, who is God, also.
As a quick refresher, let’s read Ephesians 1:13-14 from the NLT.
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.
We also learned that we are mobile temples who house God.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples 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 bodies.
Today, we learn about sin, righteousness, and judgement. John 16:8-11
When he [the Advocate] comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
These verses give us a picture of all that Jesus did on the cross.
- He will now convict all people personally of their sin through His Spirit. Romans 1:18-19 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
- He, through His sacrifice, makes eternal intercession for us to the Father. Romans 8:26-27 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
- He sealed Satan’s fate. Revelation 20:10 10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
The next thing we need to know is found in 1 Corinthians 2:10-15.
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so 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, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.[c] 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments,
Let’s break it down:
- The Spirit shares God’s heart and mind with us. The Spirit is God, therefore, God shares His heart and mind with us. Proverbs 1:23 says, 23 Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make my heart known to you.
- The Spirit helps us to understand what God has freely given us. He speaks to us by way of our spirits, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.
- Without the Spirit, there is NO WAY to understand spiritual ANYTHING. In fact, spiritual stuff is just downright foolish to the worldly person. Indeed, he cannot understand them because they are spiritually discerned and he is dead in his trespasses and sins. We were, too, at one time.
- What we learn from the Spirit cannot be judged by man, nor can we be held accountable (judged) by what the Spirit says to each of us. I know this idea sounds crazy dangerous, but it is known as the priesthood of the believer. We all get to hear directly from God! We are accountable to Him. Just bear in mind that if what we say or think the Holy Spirit says to us conflicts with the Word of God, then we must go with the Word of God. It is the revealed will of God to mankind. It trumps experience and revelation.
The last verse of the chapter gives us a revelation that we need to unpack. “We have the mind of Christ.” What does that even mean?
- He speaks directly to us. “It’s not that I literally hear His voice–it’s much more than that.” – Jimmy Cox. We sense the rightness of it, sometimes the urging to do His will; sometimes the comfort of His love and His joy in our conversation. Sometimes it’s His peace that flows through us as we settle on the proper meaning of the text or circumstance. We KNOW when we are on track with Him.
- We see the world as He does. Once a beautiful world, now a fallen one. But, one day, Jesus will restore it to its former glory.
- We see people as He does. He sees people who are like sheep without a shepherd, who are being ravaged by wolves, lions, and bears (oh my). He sees us who are His brothers and sisters, co-heirs to the riches of heaven. He sees those who won’t ever come to Him, but also those who will! He uses us, mostly, to reach them.
How do we access the mind of Christ?
- Acknowledge Him as King of the universe and as your LORD.
- Open up your mind and will to Him (climbing up on the altar).
- Open up His Word and digging in.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that the person of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
God is looking for people who will fellowship with Him. Will you?