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The Mind of Jesus Christ

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The intellectual capacity of Jesus Christ’s mind

In childhood

Luke 2:47 NIV
Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.

In adulthood

John 7:15 NIV
The Jews there were amazed and asked, “How did this man get such learning without having been taught?”

Jesus Christ’s mind was pure

The purity of Jesus Christ’s mind is declared by his words and actions and by his oneness with God.

Hebrews 7:26 NIV
Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
Luke 1:35 NIV
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
John 10:30 NIV
I and the Father are one.”
Hebrews 4:15 NIV
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.

Examples of Jesus Christ’s use of his mind

Overcoming temptation

Matthew 4:4 NIV
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Matthew 27:42 NIV
“He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.

Against opposition of hypocites

Matthew 22:18–22 NIV
But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

Jesus Christ’s mind is more than Intellect

His thinking is grounded in prayer

Luke 6:12–13 NIV
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:

His thinking was guided by The Holy Spirit

Isaiah 11:2 NIV
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord

His mind experiences anguish but not anxiety

John 12:27 NIV
“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.

Jesus Christ’s mind is Extra-ordinary

He has supernatural insight

Mark 2:8 NIV
Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?

He understands the future

Mark 8:31 NIV
He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.

Jesus did not know everything

Matthew 8:7–10 NIV
Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.
Mark 13:32 NIV
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Jesus’ strength of mind made him resolute

Luke 9:51 NIV
As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.

Jesus’ mind was not always understood

Mark 9:32 NIV
But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.

Christians should have the same mind as Christ

Philippians 2:5–8 NIV
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

In his attitude

1 Peter 4:1 NIV
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.

Knowledge of Scripture

Luke 2:47 NIV
Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
John 5:39 NIV
You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me,

Awareness of God

John 8:16 NIV
But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.
John 8:28 NIV
So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.
John 8:55 NIV
Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word.

How love is exercised by Jesus

John 14:23 NIV
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
1 Corinthians 13:2 NIV
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
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