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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Little Matter of Ownership

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

(Psalm 139:23-24 NLT)


However, as it is written:

What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—

these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so 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, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, 

Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?”

But we have the mind of Christ.

(1 Corinthians 2: 9-16 NIV)

When I think of my person, I can say with confidence that this is my foot; this is my hand. It is another matter entirely however when I consider my mind and sexual being. In these matters “mine” becomes “ours”. These faculties, through the Holy Spirit, do not belong to me alone. Who, then, exactly makes up the “our”? The other constituent of “our” (other than myself) is the Godhead alone—Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. It immediately must be added that this does not make me a cut above anyone. This is the felt reality for all believers and comes with significant responsibilities and sacrifice.


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