For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8)
How many times do believers quote this scripture from Isaiah in the Old Testament, to release themselves from their responsibilities as sons of God and to become like Jesus? Many times they say: “We can never become like Him, because His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways are higher than our ways.” But that’s not quite true. Ofcourse He is God and He always remains God and we can never take His place, but He has given us power to become in Jesus Christ His sons and to walk as His sons.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (Jn 1:12-13)
Jesus says, that we can never be above Him, but that we can become like Him.
The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord (Mat 10:24-25, Lu 6:40)
If Jesus is your Lord and Master, than He has promised you, that you can become like Him and walk, just as He walked on this earth as son of God. But you have to look for the things, which are above and not on the earth.
The thoughts of the old carnal man
Isaiah 55:8 was related to the mercy and goodness of God, God’s redemptive work and it was related to the thoughts of the old carnal man, who is spiritually death and is led by his flesh. That’s why the mind and thoughts of the old carnal man, that is dominated by the flesh will never become equal to the mind of God, but would always strive against His mind, thoughts and His will. Because the flesh and the spirit always strive against each other and can never become a unity. That’s because evil is present in the flesh and in the unrepented heart of the old carnal man. And we all know, that an unrepented heart produces evil thoughts and evil works. An unrepented heart is selfish, full of pride, rebellious and shall never be able to submit to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
And He (Jesus) said, That which cometh out of the man, that defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man (Mar 7:20:23).
The spirit of the fallen man is death
Because of the fact, that the spirit of fallen man is death, fallen man (the old man) is not able to receive nor comprehend and understand the things of the Spirit and the Kingdom of God. The spiritual things of the Kingdom of God are foolishness to the fallen man, and that’s why fallen man always rebels against the commandments and statues of God. In the Old Testament, the spiritual things only became understandable when the Spirit of God came upon man, like for example with the prophets.
But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Cor 2:14)
The spirit of the new man
But through the perfect redemptive work of Jesus Christ, everyone who would believe on Him and made Him Lord over their lives have been given power to become in Him a new creation; a son of God. Everyone, who would believe and be baptized in Him, would die in Him and lay down the flesh of the fallen man (the old carnal man), and the spirit of the new man would be raised in Him from the death. The spirit cannot be raised from the death, before the flesh of the old man is crucified and laid down.
The baptism with the Holy Spirit doesn’t mean that the Spirit of God will come occasionally upon man, as with the old carnal fallen man. The Holy Spirit will not come and go, but He will come and abide in the new man.
Because of the fact, that the spirit of the new man has become alive and through the abiding of the Word and the Holy Spirit, the new man is able to get to know His will and His thoughts and walk according to them, just like Jesus, Who was the Firstborn of the new creation. By doing God’s will, the new man shall walk as a son of God after God’s will.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God (1 Cor 2:9-12)
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16)
The more time you spend in the Word, abide in Him, and be occupied with the things, that are above, where Jesus Christ is seated, the more your mind and your thoughts will be renewed and will become like God’s way of thinking. You shall get the mind of Christ and shall walk after the will of God, which is also the will of Jesus. Only through the Word, you shall get to know the Father and shall His thoughts become your thoughts and His ways become your ways.
‘Be the salt of the earth’