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by Vernon Dunning

While it is not possible to totally understand God or Jesus Christ, it is possible to grow in knowledge and appreciation of both of them. It is not necessary for Christians to follow God blindly. Neither of them ask us to follow them blindly. If we are to understand God better, we must learn to think like He thinks and to see like He sees, by dedicating ourselves to having the mind of Christ.

A. We must start by realizing God does not think or reason as we do.
  1. Isa. 55:8-9 tells us: "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. 9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."
  2. Rom. 11:33-36 reads: "Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! 34 "For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?" 35 "Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid to him?" 36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen."
  3. 1 Cor. 2:16 the apostle Paul tells us: "For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."

B. God in His thinking and reasoning is different in:
  1. His Concerns.
  2. His values.
  3. His purposes and objectives
  4. His priorities.
  5. His perspectives and insights.

C. The Christian objective is to understand God's will and way by learning to think as He does.
  1. If we are going to follow God instead of our own thinking, we must dedicate ourselves to understand all we can about God.
  2. Blind, methodical obedience will not pursue that objective.
  3. God has reasons for what He does.
  4. God has purposes He seeks to accomplish.
  5. Understanding is critical to daily life.
  6. God has a will, a purpose that reaches to eternity.
    a. God's purposes will be accomplished.
    b. He wants to use us in His achievements.
    c. If he is to use us, we need an understanding of what He is seeking to do.
  7. If, as a serious Christian, we must be dedicated to building a life with Christ as its foundation, we must understand how God thinks and reasons.

D. How does a Christian do that?
  1. The most common answer is "study the Bible".
  2. Learn to reason as God does by developing Christ's mind.
    a. The best way to learn How God thinks, reasons and feels is to learn how Jesus thinks, reasons and feels.
      (1) John 5:19 reads: "Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner."
      (2) John 5:30 continues: "I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me."
      (3) Also John 6:38, "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me."
      (4) In John 8:26-29 Jesus tells us: "I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him." 27 They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father. 28 Then Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. 29 "And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him."
    b. The better we understand Jesus, the better we understand God.

E. The mind of Christ.
  1. Considers all of physical life.
  2. It stresses humanity as we look at ourselves. The apostle Paul writes in Phil. 2:1-5: "Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus".
  3. It stresses reverence as we look at God.
  4. It stresses our attitude toward other people.
  5. It stresses compassion.
  6. If we wish to understand God's values and priorities, we must listen to Jesus.
  7. We do not follow Christ to learn a religion. We follow Christ to discover a life.
    a. In Christ, we want to learn how to live, and that involves much more than going to church.
    b. In Christ, we want to learn how to value what God values, and to devote our lives to those values.

Being a Christian grows into much more than believing Jesus died and was raised to be our Christ. It is bigger than blind obedience. The Christian desires to think like God thinks, to feel as God feels, to understand from God's perspective, and to see as God sees. It is a matter of learning how to live and die by learning how to think as God thinks through developing the mind of Christ.

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