The church was in shambles. Jealousy and division ran rampant among its people. Reports of sexual misconduct began to circulate. This body of believers seemed to be racing downhill towards disaster—until they received a letter from a mentor and friend.
Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church is one of his most scathing in all the New Testament. He addresses a host of issues going on among them. Near the end of his letter, he urges them, “Do not be children in your thinking” (1 Cor. 14:20).
Here you may conjure an image of Paul before the Corinthians at the end of his rebuke, beginning to boil over, and shouting to them, “Use your brain!” And yet, before launching into the thrust of the letter, Paul confesses a surprising truth that belongs to all of God’s people: “We have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16).
It almost feels blasphemous to say. Who are we to suggest that we think the thoughts of the Son of God, that we share a mental fortitude with the pre-eminent Christ?
But here is a divine promise. When Christ saves us, he saves us from more than sin and spiritual death. He saves us to a transformed life, with no aspect left behind—not even our minds.