Honestly, it’s a dynamic I most often take for granted. A reality that doesn’t evoke the awe it should as frequently as it should. It’s been in play for around 34 years. It’s easy for it to simply become second nature . . . easy to think it’s just me. But, as I read the second chapter of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, I am reminded that each morning I open my Bible I am entering into the “secret and hidden wisdom of God” (1Cor. 2:7). A wisdom decreed by God before the ages, decreed for our glory. A wisdom not revealed through human cognitive capability. But a wisdom understood only through the active agency of the Spirit of God. And so I’m reminded, that only because of the Holy Spirit’s working, I have the mind of Christ.
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him”–these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. . . . no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. . . . we have the mind of Christ. (Excerpts from 1Corinthians 2:9-16 ESV)
What I know about spiritual things I know because God has revealed them. What I comprehend concerning the kingdom of heaven, I understand because God has revealed them. The degree to which I think I get the mystery and profound blessings of the gospel, I get because God has revealed them. And that, He has done through the Spirit of revelation.
The Holy Spirit — third Person of the Trinity — takes the deep things of God and makes them known to men and women. No one, says Paul, comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit, and so He becomes our translator of the heavenly. He is our interpreter of the divine. His is to enable us to “understand the things freely given us by God.”
And so when I open my Bible in the morning . . . as I hover of it . . . observing this, noting that . . . as I ask questions . . . as I find answers . . . as my soul is stirred . . . I am engaged with the Spirit of God. None of this would make sense without Him. In the natural realm, it is at best inert truth and powerless opinion. For those of this world, it is considered foolish, out of date, and irrelevant. But in the Spirit, it is the mind of Christ.
Through the Spirit, I gain understanding. An understanding due not to my IQ. Insight independent of my intellect. But spiritual truths taught by the Spirit. “The Spirit interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual” (2:13).
And I can experience this dynamic, not because of anything I am, or anything I’ve done, or anything I could do, . . . but all because of grace. God having made the way, through the cross, to bring me into relationship with Himself. And part of that fellowship is His gracious determination to reveal His will through His word by His Spirit. Thus, allowing me the mind of Christ.
Like I said, though I most often take it for granted, it’s a dynamic to wonder at . . . a reality to be in awe of. And, even such a reminder, I’m thinking, is of the Spirit.
To God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — be all glory.