Mind of Christ


1Cor.2:[16] For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

The Bible tells us ‘as a man thinketh in his heart so is he.’ So we as Christians are to portray Christ in our daily walk then we must “think” in our hearts as Christ does. In First Corinthians it tells us we have the mind of Christ. One of the keys of being molded by the Spirit into the image of Christ is to allow the mind of Christ to become ours and when we act we act as Christ would and not act in the flesh.
When the Bible tells us we have the mind of Christ it is a statement of fact and not something we might have or get but something we already have as a possession. It is not getting the mind of Christ but allowing it to so permeate our being it reveals in our actions and attitudes. Let us look in the Scriptures for the ways of Christ which we as Christians should manifest to those around us.

If we have the mind of Christ in control we will be better able to resist sin. Look in Hebrews:

Hebrews 2:[14] Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
[15] And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
[16] For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
[17] Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
[18] For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

Have no doubt in your mind, Jesus in the flesh was tempted to sin. He did not succumb to the temptation. If He had then He would have had His own sin to die for and would be an unacceptable sacrifice on the altar. He had to be pure in order to be the Perfect Lamb of God and for His blood to be effective to the saving of our souls and cleansing of our sin.
He was able to endure temptation knowing the necessity of His purity and for His great love towards us. When we grasp the importance of maintaining our purity and have the love towards others that we as Christians should, we too will be better able to resist.

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.(Galatians 5:14)

We need the mind of Christ when dealing with the sins of others.

Luke 23:[33] And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
[34] Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

We need the mind of Christ when dealing with sinners. Too many Christians forget the life they have left behind due to the grace of God and they become hyper-critical of those who are lost. Jesus did not condemn the people at the crucifixion but rather asked the Father for forgiveness for them. We too need the mind of Christ in dealing with sinners.

We need the mind of Christ when we face our greatest challenges and fears.

John 16:[27] For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
[28] I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
[29] His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.
[30] Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.
[31] Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
[32] Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
[33] These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Before Jesus faced the spectacle of the trial crucifixion, death and resurrection He counted Himself as having already overcome the world! He counted Himself as having overcome knowing the great reward on the other side. Knowing He was to obtain salvation for those who put their trust in Him. This could not be done without His sacrifice. We too need to face our challenges in this life with the assurance of the eternal blessing on the other side. Knowing this life is but a temporary thing and we too will overcome it all through the grace of God. Jesus experienced the pangs of death and punishment of Hell for us so that we do not have to. We indeed are overcomers through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. What can the devil do to us? We have already died and are risen with Christ. Our salvation is certain being obtained by Jesus Christ Himself.

We need the mind of Christ in our relationship with others. In Philippians chapter two:

Phil.2:[1] If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
[2] Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
[3] Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
[4] Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
[5] Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
[6] Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
[7] But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
[8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Clearly the greatest example of humility ever known was Jesus Christ who Himself being God came into this world and lived a life of sacrifice and humility. He could have come into this world the son of a king or a rich man but rather being born in a stable the son of a lowly carpenter. Christians need more humility today in our dealings with others both in the church and in the world. Too many self-righteous hypocrites in the world today looking upon others with disdain and having too high an opinion of themselves. As if their going to Heaven had something to do with their own piety. Let us esteem everyone better than we ourselves.
Let us live our lives in service not command of others. Always looking for the betterment and interests of those around us.

We need the mind of Christ in our sense of duty.

Matthew 26:[38] Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
[39] And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
[40] And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
[41] Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
[42] He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

We need to reach a point in our Christian walk where we no longer do our own will but always seek the will of the Father in our lives. We struggle with our will. When it is time for us to read our Bible, pray, go to church, witness to someone the old flesh rears up and says I would rather be doing something else but what do we do? If we have the mind of Christ we do what the Father wills and not what we will.