My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes, Revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
November/December 2013 Issue – ‘Love Came to Bring us Home’
1 Corinthians 2:6-16 (NIV): ‘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. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived,” the things God has prepared for those who love him, these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 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. 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. 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. 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. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.’
There is a lot of information in the above verses – well worth your time in meditating upon them during your day. I think a stand out point for me is that we do have the mind of Christ. We have been given the Holy Spirit – who knows the mind of God.
One of the consequence of being guided by God’s Spirit is that we can discern what is spiritually right or wrong. That is, we should make judgments about all things; I hope those people who say “we shouldn’t judge”, can make the distinction between a condemning judgment regarding a person’s standing before God; and, a judgment concerning right and wrong behaviour!
I come across so many people who appear to be unable to make judgments about what is spiritually right or wrong. Yet, the Spirit of truth within us is constantly prompting us to make judgments about all things. The only way, to lead a spiritually effective life, is to allow ourselves to be guided by God’s Spirit.
Selwyn makes the point in his introduction that some types of fear can sometimes be a good thing, he uses the example that a fear of being burnt stops us putting our hand into a fire. Yet, the anxiety associated with the fear of future catastrophic events ‘can paralyse us and prevent us moving forward in life‘.
Further into today’s study, he says: ‘The world into which Jesus came was, and still is, a world encompassing sickness and suffering, malice and hate, treachery and deceitfulness. There were many things of which He could have been afraid.
His secret was that He had such complete trust in His Father’s love and power that He could go through life free from the paralysis of fear. His fearlessness was rooted in His complete confidence that His Father loved Him and would not allow anything to happen to Him unless it accorded with His purposes.‘
Likewise, we too, can go through life free from the paralysis of fear, because we (those who love God) have Jesus’ Spirit within us. We have His love, and we know that nothing – absolutely nothing happens to us – which, is not aligned to His will. And, yes, in some cases that may lead some of us, to our own personal cross, on a hill.
What’s your views on my last sentence? (If comments are closed for this post, when you read it; you can always send me comments via email: firstname.lastname@example.org)