I have a subject for you today that may be one of the most important matters for true Christians to understand and exercise in their life. I have information from God’s Word, and a couple of articles from other sources, which will help us to better understand how, “You Can Have The incredible Mind of Christ”!
First of all, I’ll give you some quotes from a recent article in the Knoxville News Sentinel with the title of “Origins of Lunar Water”: Not many people can pull a vial of real moon soil from a desk drawer. Space- sleuth Larry Taylor, whose recent research may have discovered the source of internal moon water, can do that, and more. It was only a year ago that Taylor, a distinguished professor at the University of Tennessee, along with a team of researchers, made the discovery of trace amounts of water inside the moon. Taylor, who was known for his strong -held beliefs against the existence of lunar water, was forced to change his way of thinking. “Science never says that something is an absolute,” Taylor said. “That’s just the nature of science.” After more research, the team has determined what it believes to be the origin of this water.
(I want you to notice the WORDING of the continuing article as to the reason that caused the “team to determine WHAT IT BELIEVES to be the origin of water.”) Continuing, from the newspaper article:
“During the FORMATION of the earth and the moon the proto earth (first having precedence in time) (Webster’s) came into contact with a Mars-sized object, Theia, causing a giant explosion”. (Whoa! Just what physical law was involved in this “contact” between the earth and the “mars- size object?” Was it the law of gravity, the law of inertia? There had to be a “law” that took place in this catastrophic event! (We’ll explain WHERE this “law” came from later.) Taylor “theorizes” (to speculate about things without testing the resultant beliefs in practice.) (Webster’s).
(My thoughts: You would think a “distinguished professor” would be more thorough in his deductions!) that when this explosion occurred, dirty icebergs, or comets that are mostly made of ice, were crashing into both the earth and the moon. “The earth, because many volatiles were already present, was not affected by these comets, (?) but the moon gained mass amounts of its internal water from these impacts.” Anyway, the article concludes by explaining what he believes to be the worthiness of these scientific achievements. Quote: “I strongly believe that this discovery could facilitate AN EASE IN SPACE EXPLORATION,” Taylor said.
Please understand! I do not disparage nor condemn this obviously talented, educated and accomplished scientist! HE UNDERSTANDS WHAT HE IS CAPABLE OF UNDERSTANDING!
First: How did this scientist come to understand the Physical Things of the HUMAN MIND?
In the most simple and easy to be understood language, I’ll tell you that God (yes, the God of the Bible) raised up a man for this modern, pulsating, advanced and enlightened (physical) world, to reveal, hitherto unexplained Mystery’s and questions, about this marvelous Book. Oh, I know some will quickly disdain and dismiss what I just stated above, but the TRUTH is never accepted by mankind in general. I’ll even try to explain why most human beings reject this vital knowledge that I hope to convey to you today.
This man’s name was Herbert W. Armstrong:
God began to work with his mind around 1927 when he became involved with the true Church of God. I believe he was ordained a minister about 1934. He preached the same true Gospel that Jesus Christ preached in Mark 1:14, “the gospel of the Kingdom of God.” He faithfully continued that calling the rest of his life. He also focused on training other ministers (including his son, Garner Ted Armstrong), in three Ambassador Colleges: Pasadena, California, Brickett Wood, England and Big Sandy, Texas. These were later broken up after his death at 93 in 1986.
Today, I want to BRIEFLY emphasize one of the most profound Truths that God revealed to this man:
HOW THE MIND IN MAN OPERATES and WHY IT IS SUPERIOR TO ANIMAL BRAIN!
It has been in the Bible all along, but it wasn’t fully understood until this revelation to Mr. Armstrong.
IT INVOLVES “THE SPIRIT IN MAN”
I’ll quote from Mr. Armstrong’s book, “Mystery of the Age”, which he wrote in the last year of his life in 1985. ’ve faithfully kept my free personal copy and refer to it often in reviewing various questions.
From the chapter involving, The Mystery of Man we read: “Many passages of Scripture show that there is a spirit in man. Spirit is not matter. To distinguish it from God’s Holy Spirit, I designate it as the “human” spirit. Nevertheless, it is spirit and not matter. This “human” spirit imparts the power of intellect to the human physical brain. The spirit cannot see, hear, taste, smell or feel. The brain sees through the eye, hears through the ear, etc. The “human” spirit cannot of itself think. The physical brain thinks. What then is the function of this “human” spirit? It is NOT a “soul”. BUT, 1) it imparts the power of intellect -- of thinking, and of MIND power, to the human brain; and 2) it is the very means God has instilled in man, making possible a personal relationship between human man and Divine God.”
Let’s look at some of the Scriptures that speak of this “spirit in man”: Job 32:8 “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.”
Yes, this is the purpose of that “human spirit” that God put in man and the method He uses in communicating and having that personal relationship with man
I want to interject a point at this time, that I feel needs explaining: The word “spirit” and the word, “breath”, can both be translated from the Hebrew word, “Ruach”. Here is what Bullinger says in, “The Companion Bible” (briefly, in Appendix 9): “The word ‘Ruach’ occurs 389 times in the Hebrew Old Testament. In the A.V. it is rendered spirit in 237 passages (and no other word is rendered spirit except neshamah, ‘breath’, in Job 26:4 and Prov.20:27. (See Ap.16) In the remaining 152 places it is translated in 22 different ways, which are to be carefully distinguished. The meaning of the word is to be deduced only from its usage”, i.e. in Job 26:4, it is translated “breath”; but in Job 32:8, we saw it was spirit.
Other places where this “spirit,” which gives human beings mind or intellect, shows we can make choices and decisions:
Job 32:18 “For I am full of matter (words) the spirit within me constraineth me.” Proverbs 16:32 “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”
So we see from these scriptures, that mankind, IN GENERAL AND CUT OFF FROM GOD ( from the day he was driven from the Garden of Eden and the Tree of life), has made his choices, using only the human spirit - the “spirit in man”. That’s why this “present evil world” (Gal.1:4) is in the shape it is!
What happens to this spirit, when we die?
Ecclesiastes 12:7 “Then shall the dust (body from Gr. Nephesh) return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” Then it becomes dormant, inactive, asleep, until it is raised in newness of life by a RESURRECTION: Jn. 5:29; Heb.11:35; I Cor. 15:12, 13; IThes. 4:13 - 16; Rev. 20:4 - 6; many more!
BUT THERE IS ANOTHER DIMENSION INVOLVED IN SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING!
This is vitally important as we explore our subject: “The Incredible Mind of Christ”!
First of all, do you really understand WHO Jesus Christ was/is, in the very Plan of God? Beginning with:
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, (Gr. “Logos”, meaning Spokesman) and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.”
This takes us all the way back to the Creation event of Gen. 1:1, where the Word “God” is from the Hebrew, “Elohim”, which is a uni-plural noun like group, church or family; meaning a single unit, but with more than one member. In the Divine Family, there were TWO INDIVIDUALS at that time and there still remains only TWO at this time. From the context, we read in Gen. 1:26 “And God said, Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness: and let them have dominion over...” In the New Testament we find that God is, indeed, a Royal Family into which He desires that we human beings ULTIMATELY join that Family! Ephesians3:14 “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole FAMILY in heaven and earth is named.”
That other dimension requires that we have the Holy Spirit and DEVELOP that very Mind of Christ.
Philippians 1:19 “For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the SPIRIT OF JESUS CHRIST, 27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast, in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;”; Ch. 2:2 “Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, , having the same love, being of one accord, of ONE MIND.” Verse 5: “Let this MIND BE IN YOU, WHICH WAS ALSO IN CHRIST JESUS: 6 Who, being in the form of God (Jn. 1:1), thought it not robbery to be equal with God:”
But you may ask “How is this possible?” God, who cannot lie says it is! I Corinthians 2:6 “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect (becoming perfect) 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory. 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? BUT WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST.”
“CHRIST IN US” THROUGH THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, MAKES THIS POSSIBLE!
Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ (The “old self” has been put to death through repentance, baptism, and acceptance of Jesus as our Savior!): nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
This is a mystery to the unconverted mind, to the world at large, without God’s Spirit. Colossians 1: 26 “Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints.. 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Now remember, Christ was one of the two members of the Creator God Family and had a role in everything made that was made as we read there in John 1:3. So He had to be included in all of the planning, the designing and in giving the CREATING COMMANDS THAT BROUGHT ALL THINGS INTO EXISTENCE, including the one: “Let there be light” in Gen. 1:3 which was actually given in the Re-creation shown in Psalms 104:30 (Another subject by itself).
How would you like to have (ULTIMATELY), the Power, the Mind, the Creative Ability, as a BORN AGAIN Son of God, to expand the Creation of God, as Christ’s younger brothers and sisters? This is what Jesus Christ meant when He was talking to Nicodemus, a Jewish ruler! John 3:1 “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto Him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.”
Now comes the pivotal point of this discussion: 3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD.”
Elsewhere, God tells us in, I Cor. 15:50 “Now this I say, brethren, THAT FLESH AND BLOOD CANNOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” Also notice in:
I John 3:2 “Beloved, NOW are we the sons of God (in a begotten state, and it doth not yet appear (clearly or plainly) WHAT WE SHALL BE as a “BORN AGAIN” Son of God): but we know that, when He shall appear, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see Him as He is.”
Many Scriptures plainly reveal this awesome transition from flesh to DIVINE SPIRIT. Romans 8:29 “For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the FIRSTBORN among MANY BRETHREN. 30 Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also GLORIFIED (Yes, glorified at His coming).” Rev. 21:7 “ He that overcometh shall inherit all things (WE ARE TO INHERIT THE UNIVERSE!): and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”
As Christ - like Beings, in the very Family of God, we could eventually be involved in recreating the new heavens and a new earth. II Peter 3:10 “But the day of the Lord (God - note Ver. 12) will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
The human mind, of and by itself and without God’s Holy Spirit, cannot fully grasp terminologies like: ETERNITY, FOREVER, NEVER-ENDING, etc., but this is exactly the way the Kingdom of God, Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of Christ is depicted in the Bible: Luke 1:32 “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: 33 And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and OF HIS KINGDOM THERE SHALL BE NO END.”
God’s Kingdom is an ever-expanding Kingdom or Family of God Beings, who will now have the PERFECT CHARACTER and the PERFECT and INCREDIBLE MIND OF CHRIST! Pray that God may someday allow you to become one of these BORN AGAIN BROTHERS OF THE FIRSTBORN, JESUS CHRIST! (Roman 8:29).