But before all this they will persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake.
This will be your opportunity to bear witness.
Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer
Why not? Isn’t it a good thing to apply our minds to the answers we give to non-Christians? Isn’t that the point of apologetics?
for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.
I don’t think what Christ meant was that we let go of all our faculties and ‘go with the flow’ per se. He was referring to a specific situation where we are “brought before kings and governors” for His name’s sake, not daily conversations/engagements etc. Even then, Christ didn’t instruct us not to think, He instructed us not to meditate beforehand what we are to say to them specifically.
I gotta say, I’m pretty relieved that I’m not the one thinking of things to say. God can defend Himself full well against the foolishness of man; yet He has set apart servants for Himself, that through us He may be glorified. That’s not to say of course, that we become intellectual and academic nihilists, forgoing the study of the Word and forging of theological arguments – we merely rest all these things we do in the wisdom of Christ, entrusting to Him all our arguments and logical flows.
1 Corinthians 2:10-16
these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.
And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
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.
The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.
“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.