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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Scripture on the mind of God

Does Scripture agree with yesterday's post about the nature of the mind of God? After exploring a few verses from The Holy Bible, I think that most of us will conclude that it does. Here are a few examples:

When Samuel went to anoint one of Jesse's sons as the new king of Israel, God warned the prophet that the Divine thought process was different from his own. We read:
"But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart."
(I Samuel 16:7)

The prophet Isaiah had a great deal to say on the subject:
"Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him? With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?"
(Isaiah 40:13-14)
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
(Isaiah 55:8-9)
"For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neiter hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him." (Isaiah 64:4)

We read in Jeremiah:
"For who hath stood in the counsel of the Lord, and hath perceived and heard his word? Who hath marked his word, and heard it?" (Jeremiah 23:18)

Paul wrote to the saints at Rome:
"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. A-men." (Romans 11:33-36)
Likewise, he wrote to the Christians at Corinth about God's wisdom:
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God...Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 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...For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ." (I Corinthians 2:9-16)
And just so they didn't get too puffed up about what had been revealed to them, he reminded them that they still didn't fully comprehend God's mind:
"For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away...For now we see through a glass, darkly: but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known ."
(I Corinthians 13:9-13)
Brethren, the human mind is a puny thing compared to the Divine mind. We simply cannot think, perceive, emote, interpret, evaluate, remember or communicate on the same plain that God currently exists. Hence, anything that we currently have access to (including The Holy Bible) is an incomplete and imperfect representation of the mind of Almighty God!

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