New Testament Word Studies - Nous

David Gooding, Ipswich

Part 3 of 11 of the series New Testament Word Studies

'Nous', is 'MIND' in the sense of the intellect, the reasoning faculty, the understanding. When Paul exclaimed 'Who hath known the mind (i.e., intellect and intellect in action, the dunking and planning) of the Lord',? Rom. n. 34, he had been surveying God's ways in history and redemption and had seen behind them evidence of the same massive wisdom and skill as Isaiah had perceived in creation, Isa. 40. 13. Similarly, 'We have the mind of Christ', 1 Cor. 2. 16, means, not that we have the lowly attitude of Christ depicted in Philippians 2, but rather that in possessing the Spirit of God we have the very intelligence of Christ so that we may 'know the things that are freely given to us of God' and be able 'to judge all things'. The believer's intellect and understanding need proper use and development just as does his heart. It was the disciples' intellect that the Lord opened so that they might understand the Scriptures, Luke 24. 45. It is by the renewing of our intellect that we are transformed, Rom. 12. 2. Perhaps in no matter is it more important to exercise our reasoning faculty properly than in the question of the right use of spiritual gifts. 'If I pray in a tongue, my spirit prayeth but my intellect is unfruitful ... I will pray with the intellect also ... Be not children in mind (phrenes, a word similar in meaning to nous) ... but in mind (phrenes) be adult', 1 Cor. 14. 14, 15, 20. Let it be said at once that a wrongly used intellect is a bane in spiritual things. Some Paul describes as '. . . vainly puffed up by his fleshly intellect and not holding the head . . .', Col. 2. 18, 19. But true reason will realise and gladly own that there are many things that pass its powers of comprehension, not least among them the peace of God that passes all intellectual understanding (nous) and analysis, Phil. 4. 7.

There are 9 articles in
ISSUE (1961, Volume 12 Issue 3)

The Care of the Churches

The Attributes of Divine Persons

Liberty

Methods of Bible Study

Moses - The Man of God

New Testament Word Studies - Nous

Thanksgiving

Our Treatment of Truth

Where Love is - Prov. 15. 17

There are 11 articles in this series

New Testament Word Studies - Introductory Note

New Testament Word Studies - Phroneo

New Testament Word Studies - Nous

New Testament Word Studies - Hypomeno, Hypomone

New Testament Word Studies - Dokimion, Dokimos, Adokimos

New Testament Word Studies - Aphiemi, Charizomai

New Testament Word Studies - Brephos, Teknion, Paidion, Nepios

New Testament Word Studies - Teknon, Huios

New Testament Word Studies - Parakoe, Apeitheia

New Testament Word Studies - Anatrepho, Ektrepho, Paideou, Paideia

New Testament Word Studies - Hypostasis, Elenchos, Plerophoria, Parrhesia, Tharreo

There are 17 articles by this author

According to Luke

Windows on Paradise

Windows on Paradise

According to Luke

The True Peacemaker and Benefactor of the People

Modern Translations - Their Use and Abuse

New Testament Word Studies - Introductory Note

New Testament Word Studies - Phroneo

New Testament Word Studies - Nous

New Testament Word Studies - Hypomeno, Hypomone

New Testament Word Studies - Aphiemi, Charizomai

New Testament Word Studies - Brephos, Teknion, Paidion, Nepios

New Testament Word Studies - Teknon, Huios

New Testament Word Studies - Parakoe, Apeitheia

New Testament Word Studies - Anatrepho, Ektrepho, Paideou, Paideia

New Testament Word Studies - Hypostasis, Elenchos, Plerophoria, Parrhesia, Tharreo

New Testament Word Studies - Dokimion, Dokimos, Adokimos