A Short Study of 1st Corinthians 2:15-16
“But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.”
(1st Corinthians 2:15-16)
How can it be said that we, sinners saved by grace, “have the mind of Christ”? When we read these words, it may at first astound us and may even bring us to despair if we do not understand what they mean. Does this mean that if I am saved that I no longer have sinful and impure thoughts like my sinless and perfect Saviour? Does it mean that I no longer struggle with the sinful influences and contaminations of the flesh? If it does, then none of us are saved. If we are truly saved, we are saved totally and completely by God’s grace based solely upon the perfection of righteousness that can only be found in Christ. God has imputed His righteousness to us, and, while in this world, this is the only perfection we can claim before God and men.
What, then, does it mean that “we have the mind of Christ”? It means that “he that is spiritual” is a sinner saved by God’s grace in Christ and who has been born again by the Spirit. This means he has been given a new heart, new spiritual life and knowledge, and even a new mind that “judgeth all things.” Having been brought by the Spirit to faith in Christ and repentance of dead works, his standard of judgment in all things has been brought into conformity to Christ’s standard of judgment. He now sees and judges matters of salvation and a right relationship with God the way Christ Himself judges these things as revealed in His Word. His judgment now is by the Word of God and not by outward appearance (John 7:24; John 16:8-11; 2nd Corinthians 5:14-17). He now sees that when it comes to the ground of salvation anything that falls short of the perfection of righteousness that can only be found in the glorious Person and finished work of Christ is sin. He now sees that Christ’s blood is his only assurance of forgiveness, that Christ’s righteousness imputed is his only assurance of justification before God. He now sees that he has nothing in which to glory “save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Galatians 6:14). He now judges all things in salvation by this standard found in Christ. What he before called “good,” he now calls “evil” (Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 16:15). The things in which unregenerate people rejoice (1st Corinthians 2:14), he has repented of and is now ashamed (Philippians 3:7-9). And though, while in this world still having the presence of sinful flesh, he is now submitted to Christ and knows that Christ is His only righteousness before God (Romans 10:4; Colossians 3:11).