I’m sharing an idea: a Reformation hymn about the mind of Christ. Ok, I’d settle on a Bible study, devotional book, or lay-friendly educational book. Alright, sermons are welcome, too. 😉Think about it:
14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:14-16 ESV)
What an amazing revelation. It explicitly does not say everyone has the mind of Christ. The passage goes on, in the next verse (which happens to be the next chapter), to describe how the Apostle Paul addresses the recipients of his letter. That implies to me evangelism, sermonizing, and apostolic authority now found in the sacred Scriptures. That is, the apostles received the mind of Christ to teach and care for the church. The mind of Christ is revealed by God’s Word through His Holy Spirit.
So, couldn’t a hymn talk about the gift of the mind of Christ? It could speak of Law and Gospel, the power and consistency of the Word, and the succession of prophets, apostles, and other faithful shepherds of the Church. You know, like Martin Luther, who could be honored without being named, as he was understandably squirmy about those who might make Lutheranism about him rather than He who reforms us by recreating us, granting new birth in the water of Holy Baptism by the power of the Word and presence of the Spirit, giving physical and spiritual food through the Lord’s Supper, and sustaining us by an ongoing cycle of the forgiveness of sins and dependence upon the Word.
It could talk about the unity given alone in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Church as His Body. It could talk about the safety found as we trust God’s Word alone. It could talk about the discernment and wisdom we continually need from the Lord, who reigns on high yet is always with us. It could speak faith against sight as grounded in God’s revelation about Himself, the world, and each of us.
Unsure about content for an upcoming hymn contest? Write away!