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“For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”


Paul quotes Isaiah 40:13 to establish that the Bible is a transcendent and spiritual phenomena.

For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?”

The “mind of the LORD” is the Word of God. In Isaiah, it was Old Testament Scripture. No one knows the mind of God except God, so the natural man does not have the capacity to assess the mind of God autonomously of God’s Word.

But we have the mind of Christ.

The word “mind” is the seat of consciousness, the faculty of perception and judgment. Here, “mind” refers to the “mind of the Lord.” To pronounce false what God reveals to the believer is to pronounce false the “mind of Christ,” Christ’s perception and judgment; His perception and judgment about what is true. The believer has the mind of Christ because he has the Bible, the revelation of God’s mind. 


The believer has the capacity to make judgments about the Bible because he is in tune with the Word of God.


The believer can understand inspired books of the Bible because the Holy Spirit illumines his mind to do so. The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth. The believer must first understand truth before he applies truth to experience. He has the ability to apply truth to his experience because he has the “mind of Christ.” He does not flop around in his convictions but stands firm on what he believes.

John 14:16-16, 16And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you “now Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

John 16:12-14, 12I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

The Bible stands in polar opposition to the prevailing and dominant view of man today. Are you willing to think and operate within a biblical worldview?