The Mind Of Messiah
1 Corinthians 2:15-16 tells us, “But the one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is judged by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Messiah.”
The writer first asks the question, “Who has known the mind of the Lord that he will instruct Him?” Do we really have the mind of the Lord? Can we know what God is thinking? What is Paul talking about here in this Scripture?
God says this to Job in Job 38:1-4, “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.”
It doesn’t sound like God was pleased at Job and his friends when they thought they had all the answers, and yet Paul tells us that we have the mind of Messiah. Let’s take a closer look at this and see if we can find some answers. First we must understand that to have the mind of Yeshua we must first be a follower of Yeshua, and to be a follower of Yeshua, we must be a disciple of Yeshua. In Yeshua’s day a disciple meant that you learned everything from the one who you were following, in most cases back then, and even now, that would have been the Rabbi or teacher of the Scriptures. You would have examined his ways, how he thought about things, how he prayed, and lived his life in general. Today we would call it mentoring someone.
In Matthew 28:19-20 we see that Yeshua tells His disciples this, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
You see that Yeshua did not say, “Go and make converts, go and get parishioners, go and start new denominations or doctrines.” No! He said to go and make disciples, those who will imitate him. A few chapters later in
1 Corinthians 11:1 we see Paul saying this, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Messiah.”
So to have the mind of Messiah, that would mean first that you are a disciple, and that in the true meaning of the word, would mean that you would know Yeshua in every aspect of His life, His ways, His beliefs, even His thoughts. So do we imitate Yeshua in our lives? Do we live like Him, talk like Him, practice our faith like Him? If not then you can not have the mind of Messiah. Your mind is full of your ways and beliefs and your actions are based on these things. So to have the mind of Messiah would mean that we would believe what He believes because we would have to have the same point of reference to think like Him. Today, believers do not think like their Messiah. They do not even believe like the Messiah. Throughout the centuries our forefathers made so many changes to fit their doctrines, instead of their doctrine lining up with actual Scripture and meaning. For instance, Yeshua kept the seventh day Sabbath which we would call Saturday, Luke 4:15-21. He also said that He was the Lord of the Sabbath, Mark 2:27-28.
Yeshua kept all of the Biblical Appointed Times of God as written in Leviticus 23, as we see just a few examples, Luke 22:8-20, John 7.
Yeshua went about doing good, Acts 10:38. He kept the Commandments. He even said, “If you love Me then keep My Commandments,” John 14:15.
Yes, we can have the mind of Messiah, if we walk in His footsteps, and follow after Him. If we love the Kingdom as much as He loved the Kingdom, as we see in the “Our Father”, Matthew 6:9-10, “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
And we put on the yoke of the Kingdom which is the cross as Matthew 16: 24-25 tells us, “Then Yeshua said to His disciples, “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me will find it.”
Galatians 5:24 also says, “Now those who belong to Messiah Yeshua crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
To have the mind of Messiah we would also need the Holy Spirit, to walk and live in the Spirit, Galatians 5:16-25.
1 Corinthians 2: 6-16 says, “ Yet there is a wisdom that we are speaking to those who are mature enough for it. But it is not the wisdom of this world or of this world’s leaders, who are in the process of passing away. On the contrary, we are communicating a secret wisdom from God which has been hidden until now but which, before history began, God had decreed would bring us glory. Not one of this world’s leaders has understood it; because if they had, they would not have executed the Lord from whom this glory flows. But, as the Scriptures say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no one’s heart has imagined all the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.” It is to us, however, that God has revealed these things. How? Through the Spirit. For the Spirit probes all things, even the profoundest depths of God. For who knows the inner workings of a person except the person’s own spirit inside him? So too no one knows the inner workings of God except God’s Spirit. Now we have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit of God, so that we might understand the things God has so freely given us. These are the things we are talking about when we avoid the manner of speaking that human wisdom would dictate and instead use a manner of speaking taught by the Spirit, by which we explain things of the Spirit to people who have the Spirit. Now the natural man does not receive the things from the Spirit of God — to him they are nonsense! Moreover, he is unable to grasp them, because they are evaluated through the Spirit. But the person who has the Spirit can evaluate everything, while no one is in a position to evaluate him.For who has known the mind of the Lord? Who will counsel him? But we have the mind of the Messiah!”
If this is so of you, then imitate the one whose wisdom you hold.