What Does 1 Corinthians 2:16 Mean?

For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:16(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Creation; redemption; the eternal ages to come and all the mighty acts of God were conceived in the eternal mind of the incomprehensible Lord, before being birthed into reality and transmitted to us through the written Word of God. No-one can instruct the almighty God. N0-one can teach Him anything and nothing can surprise our heavenly Father, for He knows all things, even the very hairs of our head are numbered and every tear we shed is collected in His bottle.

It is to the carnal minded Corinthians that Paul opens up this truth. Who has known the mind of the LORD, that he will instruct Him? was a question, which was first posed by the prophet Isaiah, many centuries before. The wisdom in the heart of a holy God cannot be known by the finite intellect of the human mind, nor can the infinite wisdom of the Lord be transmitted to the limited understanding of unholy man. The unsaved 'natural man' is ignorant of God's truth, for the things of God are spiritually discerned.

'My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,' declares the LORD. There is no person in heaven above nor in the earth beneath that can know the thoughts of the omniscient God of Creation: who has known the mind of the LORD, is God's challenge to humanity, 'that any man could instruct Me - the eternal, and infinite God? For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts', says the Lord.

And yet in this passage we discover a tremendous truth that was revealed to Paul concerning the mystery of the Church - for Paul unveiled the amazing privileges that God in His grace has determined for all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, by grace through faith in this 'church' dispensation, which is Christ in you the hope of glory, so that we (believers) have the very mind of CHRIST.

And when our life is submitted God, in humble dependence and child-like trust, the Holy Spirit will instruct us; correct us; lead us and guide us into all truth, just as the Holy Spirit of God led and guided the Lord Jesus Christ during His earthly life. Christ walked the spiritual way of the cross, for He learned and practiced obedience through the things that He suffered.

Christians similarly must walk that same spiritual path as their heavenly Lord, with the same humble mind and a teachable disposition that was displayed in the life of Christ Jesus our Lord - so that we too can access the mind of the Almighty as we abide in Him and He in us.

My Prayer

Father God thank You that I have the mind of Christ. Please take my life and let it be consecrated Lord to You, use my intellect to Your glory,' Help me, live like Jesus did, in humble obedience before You, and help me to place all my carnal inclination on the altar of sacrifice, for I want to live in spirit and truth to Your glory in Christ's name I pray, AMEN.

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