Daily Devotions


Day 36

"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus..."

Text: Philippians 2:5


The teaching about “the mind of Christ” was very much a Pauline concept. He wrote about this to the Corinthian Church.

“For ‘who has known the mind of the LORD that
he may instruct Him?’
But we have the mind of Christ.”

1 Corinthians 2:16

1. “The LORD”

a) This is a reference to God the Father.
b) He is often referred to in the Old Testament text as LORD.
c) This word translates the Hebrew name of God (YHWH).
d) The translators of KJV and NKJV sought to honour God by using the word LORD exclusively to describe God the Father.

2. “The mind of the LORD”

a) The mind (Greek “nous”).
b) The “mind of the LORD” is directly linked to “the mind of Christ”.
c) “The mind of Christ”
i) Revealed in His teachings.
ii) Revealed in His life.


Paul was very much taken up with cultivating a Christ-like mindset all his life. He sought to encourage the Philippians to put this mindset of Christ into practice.

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 2:5

1. “Let this mind be in you”

a) This translation suggests that the “mind” is in the noun form.
b) However this was not what was written in the Greek text.
c) The focus of this text is more verbal.
d) There is every encouragement to use the mind to think as Christ Jesus did.

2. What was the content of this thought?

a) The content is to be found in Philippians 2:2-3.
b) The clue is found in the phrase “lowliness of mind” (Philippians 2:3).