Paul stated: “We have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16b KJV). He made that statement in the context of talking about the natural man verses the spiritual man: “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV).
This book on spiritual warfare does not make sense to the natural mind. The principles given in 1 Corinthians 2:14 do not make sense to our natural reasoning. Only a person who is spiritual can judge these things and know how to apply the truths that are revealed in the Bible. The spiritual man learns by experience. He judges all things, yet he himself is not judged by any. When we have the mind of Christ there is no natural reasoning of this world that can understand our thinking. In other words, the natural man cannot instruct the spiritual man.
The spiritual man is the one who has the mind of Christ which affects his thinking in godly ways. In Romans, Paul stated this line of thinking in another way:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:1–2 NKJV
That was a tremendous challenge that Paul gave to those Roman believers. Those saints were living in the very center of the beast’s dominion spoken of by Daniel. In Daniel 7 we read of a vision of four beasts. The fourth beast was “dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong with huge iron teeth.” (Daniel 7:7 KJV). The fourth beast was a prophetic picture of Rome. So in God’s plan His church was birthed during the time of this fourth beast. The Romans were killing the Christians in the Colosseum. Their bodies were being thrown to animals and torn apart before the Roman citizenship. Paul was beseeching them by the mercies of God to “present” their bodies as a living sacrifice to the Lord.
That was radical thinking in the midst of the spiritual warfare they faced. Paul called them not to think like the world, but to have a renewed mind for the purpose of proving what is good and acceptable, and perfect as it relates to God’s will.