“No one can know what anyone else is really thinking except that person alone, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit.” (1Corinthians 2:11 NLT)
Our thought life is like a private chamber. Nobody knows what we are thinking and we do not know what others are thinking. Only the spirit within each of us knows our private thoughts.
In the same way, only the Holy Spirit of God knows the thoughts of God. When we therefore receive the Holy Spirit of God we can know what God is thinking. One translation writes that “incredible as it may seem we actually have the mind of Christ” when we receive the Holy Spirit.
When you study the rest of this profound chapter you will find that Paul applies this reality to teach us a great truth about the Holy Spirit. It is a lesson in what we might call “spiritual educational psychology.” We learn through the eye gate, which means everything we read and observe. And we learn through the ear gate, what we listen to and hear. He also references the heart gate, which means our volition and will to apply the truth we are learning.
He then makes the point that when it comes to learning spiritual truth we need another gate: the gate of the Holy Spirit. When we have received the Holy Spirit we have access to the greatest learning experience possible in our lifetime. Think of this the next time you spend time in God’s Word. When you open the Bible, you have access to the very thoughts of God.
Through God’s Holy Spirit and His Word are you learning the thoughts of God?