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What Does The Bible Say About Our Intellect?

By God’s great grace and wisdom, He has given us our intellects. Our brains can come up with brilliant ideas that can make us leap and shout for joy. Because of these God-given cognitive gifts, we are able to spark progress that explodes into exhilarating scientific and technological advancement. By the power of the Holy Spirit, our brains are able to unfurl glorious mysteries that chant the power of God. God has given us brains that can compose great choruses of hymns, psalms, and fervent worship songs. Our minds allow us to paint the beauty and splendor of nature. God gave us our intellects for us to enjoy and for us to discover the things in life that declare His glory and majesty. Our intellect gives us the ability to contemplate the Word of God and reflect on His divinity. And more importantly, it is with our minds that we are able to meditate on the Gospel of Christ.

God has always been gracious to us His children. It is important that we use our intellects only for the glory of God. We need to use them when reading and studying the Bible, digesting sermons, and even fellowshipping. The Apostle Paul encouraged us to fix our thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable (Philippians 4:8). The Bible commands us to think about good things that are excellent and worthy of praise. It is important for us to set our thoughts on Christ and all the wonderful things that He did and is continually doing for us His children. We need to be thinking about things that please our Lord and of things that can make our neighbor smile. 

In order for our minds to function properly according to the will of God, we need to make sure that we feed them with the Word of God. It is essential that we fill our thoughts with heavenly thoughts every day. Our minds should be saturated with verses and passages that remind us of how great Jesus is and His love for us. The child of God will always find it naturally delightful to meditate on His word day and night (Psalm 1:2). Feeding our minds with great Bible stories and lessons that have immeasurable worth brings joy and satisfaction into our hearts. God gave us His word, and His word is the truth (John 17:17); therefore, for us to live truth-driven lives, our minds need to dwell in His Word.

Changing the Way You Think 

The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 12:2, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (NLT). The world is bombarding us with different kinds of knowledge and wisdom. But knowledge and wisdom that are of the world are unprofitable. They say that different people have different views about the world, but, as Christians, the only way we see and think of life is through a Biblical worldview. We have a great God Who can transform our minds and change the way we think. Take note of the words “let God” transform. The Apostle Paul tells us not to resist nor neglect but “let God” transform us into a new person by changing the way we think. It is a command, and, as children of God, we must obey His commands.

A Food for Thought

The Word of God stands forever, and any intellect or consciousness that is soaked in the Word of God every day will also last forever. It said in Isaiah 40:6-8, “that the grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” Therefore, if your mind meditates on the Word of God every day to the point where all its hemispheres are filled with powerful and beautiful passages, then expect it to live forever. The Word of God does not evaporate out of your mind; it is alive and will inhabit your thoughts. After all, how will your mind be able to identify Jesus in heaven if it has no idea of Him in the first place? If your mind has an overflowing knowledge and wisdom of the Word of God. Then surely it shall continue to exist forever.

Our intellects must only be used to glorify God and love people. The brains of Christians should be able to understand the depths of the love of God. And by using our minds, we should be able to deliver God’s love letter to those who are lost, which is the Good News of Jesus Christ. Picturing the love of God for us on that cross requires us to think. And as the Holy Spirit transports our minds into that day when our sins were effectively washed away forever, may He also bring us to an imagining of the Day that is about to come when finally we are able to see and behold Jesus Christ Himself—our King, Redeemer, and friend. What a day it shall be when our minds begin to think, “Hey, here we are now.” 

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