The Emerging Spiritual Church – Notes on 1st Corinthians – Repost 02.18.2011

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February 18, 2011

But we have the mind of Christ

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 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” (1 Corinthians 2:14-16)

“The spiritual man is judged of no man”

In order to judge the spiritual man, the ordinary man must “know the mind of the Lord.” But who of ordinary men knows that? “that he may instruct him” — that is, so as to be able to set Him right in his thinking. The Septuagint translates the Greek verb, which means to “prove”.

Is the spiritual man telling the truth?

Natural men who judge the spiritual men are virtually wishing to instruct God and bring Him to another way of thinking. They consider the spiritual man foolish and stupid.

But we are reminded that the spiritual man “is judged of no man” In order to judge the spiritual man, the natural man must “know the mind of the Lord”. But who of ordinary men knows that?

The New Emerging church that is soon to come about is based in part on this principle found in I Corinthians 2:14-16

For the most part now, we have leadership in the church based on academic credentials. They are produced from academic institutions. They are certified with academic diplomas. From this acquisition of academic achievements, they are placed in positions of church leadership. These qualified, well-intentioned people have been trained to lead an organization, or an institution much like the institution they were produced from.

The Bible or the “The Book” has been taught in natural, or historical terms and how it relates to the natural environment in the earth

But this misses the meaning of “We have the mind of Christ“.

If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?” (John 3:12)

Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”  (John 3:3)

The New Emerging spiritual church has a spiritual Word. It is led in a direction by the Lord himself.

Our Lord is more than capable of doing so. To think otherwise is only a pretension of our own importance and intelligence. While writing I heard these words;

It is time for the Spiritual church to come forth says the Lord. I will begin to build it, and no man may lay his hand against it“.