The Great Exchange:
Receiving the Mind of Christ

What does it mean to have the "Mind of Christ"?
Paul told the Corinthians...

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…
 …”For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.
– 1 Corinthians 2:12,16

Mind of ChristBut, is it even realistic to believe that the same mind that was in Christ Jesus can be in us? I mean, we are only “human” after all. Sure, we were originally created in the “Imago Dei,” the image of God. But, Adam and Eve blew that whole thing. Now, we’re all born in sin and shaped in iniquity. How could we ever expect to have Christ's mind?

Salvation means you are in Christ. But, it also means Christ is in you. Paul told the Colossians that Christ in us is the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Of course, Christ is not physically in you. He is seated at the right hand of the Father. The Holy Spirit dwells in you but, Christ is FORMED in you.

Paul told the Romans, “For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29). Being conformed to the image of Christ is not instant or automatic. It is a total life transformation that happens from the inside out. As you abide in the Vine - As you crucify your flesh - As you renew your mind - As you receive the mind of Christ. Little by little, Christ is being formed IN you. You are being re-formed once again into the image of God, just as He always intended. This is a process called Spiritual Formation.

Our personal Spiritual Formation is a dynamic partnership between us and God.  It’s a balance between dependence and discipline. Dependence, because apart from Christ and God’s Spirit, we can accomplish nothing. The Potter does the transforming, not us. Discipline, because we are responsible for working out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12). Spiritual growth is not something that is haphazard. A rich inner life is something that is developed, cultivated and refined through intentionality and consistency. We must CHOOSE daily to present ourselves to God to be conformed to Christ’s image through the power of the Holy Spirit. We make this choice by regularly seeking Him through  “Spiritual Disciplines.”

As modern Christians, many of us cringe at these two words - “Spiritual Disciplines.” They sound boring and lifeless. “Who needs ‘disciplines?’ All I need is the Holy Ghost!”  But, what we don’t understand is that these are Biblical ways we can CHOOSE to encounter God, His presence and His power each and every day. We don’t have to wait for an altar call. God has gifted us with biblical ways to seek His face. Jesus used them. The Apostles used them. Mother Theresa used them. And, now,  you can too.

These intentional acts of surrender purposefully put us on the Potter’s wheel so that He can re-shape and re-form us into the image of Christ.

Spiritual disciplines serve as an open door where the Spirit can enter in to renew our minds, circumcise our hearts and exchange our natural mind for the mind of Christ. God is no respecter of persons. Over time, ANY PERSON who consistently encounters God through these timeless spiritual disciplines will experience spiritual renewal and inner transformation.

Want More Biblical Insight Into Receiving the Mind of Christ?

To learn more about what it means to have the mind of Christ, and how you can experience true inner transformation, I invite you to watch this  Online Bible Class Replay - The Great Exchange: Receiving the Mind of Christ. Together, we will discover what it really means to have the mind of Christ, and God's pre-ordained process for taking us from where we are now, to where He has called us to be in Him.

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