…What the Master knows?
NOTE: I have received a number of questions from readers over the past week or so, and I want to begin a series of posts to answer then as best I can. I have no claim whatsoever to be a great or brilliant person; many can do a better job of this than I can. However as a humble servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, I will do my best to give replies to questions that are likely to be common to many… at least as I see them.
Here’s the original question: “Know what the master knows? I didn’t think that we could know the mind of god.”
The obvious answer is that we can’t know the mind of God which is so much more than any mere creature can handle. As C. S. Lewis might say, if we could know God’s mind then He wouldn’t be God. With that said, however, there is a great deal of knowledge and understanding that a follower of Christ can obtain, you see He chose to reveal Himself to mankind through His Word (the Bible).
A reasonable person might say that one can read the Bible and get no understanding at all about God; in fact some of the greatest scholars have been atheists… what’s special about the Bible? See, you Christians are all crazy!
It might interest such a reasonable and wise person to know that the Bible itself speaks to this issue; 1 Corinthians2:6 ff. Let’s take a look:
“We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (1 Corinthians 2:6-8 NIV)
From these verses, we can see that there is something that has been hidden from the world of men, but which has been revealed in later times. In fact from the earthly point of view, the whole Christian body of teaching seems silly, and yet there is a component that is not readily evident. When the Master (Jesus) walked the earth, He made claims that seemed crazy, He made moral statements that were entirely new and went to the motivations of the heart above and beyond mere outward actions, and the powers that be just couldn’t get it: Why?
” However, as it is written:
“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
God did not fully reveal Himself to a rebellious Mankind until He was ready to do so, and He did not reveal Himself through some kind of direct download to our brains; He revealed Himself by becoming a man, and then by making peace with men possible by the sacrifice of His Son for our sins, then giving us His Holy Spirit:
“but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:” (1 Corinthians 2:10-14)
For the believer in Christ, the gift of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the critical key to understanding that can make ‘what the Master knows’ available…
‘ “For who has known the mind of the Lord
that he may instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.’ (1 Corinthians 2:16)
The “mind” of the Master is available, but do we bother to listen to it, or would we prefer to continue going our own way? Ah, that is the question!
Even in a redeemed state, we have free will. The Holy Spirit is within our beings, but if we choose to ignore Him, we can continue in our sin… to our peril. So how do we turn things around?
1. Enter relationship with Jesus Christ
2. Begin the practice of daily prayer. (This will be the subject of a future post)
3. Learn God’s Word; make yourself available to be discipled by those who are competent and mature enough to lead you as mentors.
4. Focus your life on your relationship with Jesus Christ.
If a person does these things faithfully will his or her entire perspective change over time? Yes, it will change completely over time. It will change quite a bit pretty quickly, in fact. The question that we are left with is: Are you ready to follow Jesus?