Summary: Our mind is important in our Christian walk in three ways.
WESTSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
PASTOR: TERRY VAUGHAN
SERMON TITLE: WHO HATH KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD?
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
TEXT VERSE: ROMANS 11:33-36 “O THE DEPTH OF THE RICHES BOTH OF 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 COUNSELOR? 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 FOR EVER. AMEN.”
If you’re here and you’ve been saved by the Grace of God, I want you to know it had nothing to do with your mind. It had nothing to do with how we thought. There’s a lot of people in the world today who will tell you that you need to make a decision in your life to follow Christ. A lot of people will tell you that you need to make up your mind to give your life to Christ and follow him. I want to tell you that that’s false doctrine. I want you to know that Salvation has nothing to do with your mind. It doesn’t matter how smart or how dumb you are. When God made the plan of salvation he left out the mind. I didn’t choose God....He choose me. There is only one way to be saved by God’s grace and that is to be drawn by the Holy Spirit of God. When God through the Spirit let’s you know that you’re an old sinner and that you’re on your way to a devils Hell and that you need redemption in your life...that is when you can be saved! It ain’t got nothing to do with how you think. I believe there’s a lot of people in the world that have a lot of head knowledge about being a Christian but they don’t have any heart knowledge when it comes to being a child of God. I believe you have to get it right down in the soul. Let me share three verses that proves to you that it has nothing to do with the mind. Salvation only has to do with two portions of our body. That’s the mouth and the heart. All three of these verses contains those two words and their back to back.
Romans 10:8-10 “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteouosness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
These old quiet Christians that don’t ever tell anybody that they’ve been saved by the Grace of God worry me. The Bible says if you have it in your heart, you’ll confess it. I want you to notice that those three verses didn’t say anything about the mind. You don’t have to have a good mind to get saved by the Grace of God. In Sunday School years ago someone asked me how someone who was deaf and dumb could get saved. I told them it wasn’t what you and I do but what God does. I believe my God is able to save anybody. You can not just make a decision to just follow Christ. If you did that, you’re still lost. If the Holy Spirit did not draw you, you’re lost. But once you’re saved by the grace of God your mind is very important when it comes to living a good a fruitful Christian life for the Lord. The mind has nothing to do with getting saved but it has a whole to do with Christ after you’re saved. Let me prove that to you in Romans 7:25 “So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God.” He didn’t say with my heart or with my soul. He said with my mind. His heart had already been saved and sealed. His mouth had done confessed it. Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” We need to think with our minds like Christ thought. We need to realize that our souls have already been saved and we need to have the mind of Christ. First Corinthians 2:16 “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” I’m glad I didn’t have to figure out salvation. There’s a lot of people in the world trying to figure out how to get to space and to Mars and they aren’t even trying to figure out how to get to heaven. They always want to think upon things and be somebody but without Christ you are nobody.