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THE MIND OF CHRIST
JULY 20, 2014
We are to follow the example of Jesus Christ. Peter write sin 1 Peter 2:21, "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps." The Apostle Paul is our example in this respect. He writes in 1 Corinthians 11:1, "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ."
Please read Philippians 2:5-11. Here Paul writes, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." What does it mean to have the "mind of Christ?" Paul answers in the following verses.
First, to have the mind of Christ is to have a mind of sacrifice. Paul writes in Philippians 2:6-7 (NASV), "Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men." Jesus sacrificed equality with God to come to earth to be a servant in the likeness of men! That was so He could serve as our High Priest who could understand our trials and problems because He was tempted like we are (Hebrews 4:15). His ultimate sacrifice was His life! Paul writes, "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross" (Philippians 2:8). This He did willingly (John 10:17-18).
To have the mind of Christ, we must also have a mind of sacrifice. Paul says we are to present our bodies a "living sacrifice," which means we are avoid conforming to this world but renew our minds that we may "prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (Romans 12:1-2). To have the mind of Christ we must be willing to sacrifice worldly pleasures, family, friends, and social status!
Second, to have the mind of Christ, we must have a mind of humility. Paul writes in Philippians 2:8, "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself..." Jesus gave up equality with God to be like man. What humility! "Humiliation" would be our closest English word to the Greek word translated, "humbled," here.
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." What does it mean to have the "mind of Christ?"
Jesus was humiliated, dishonored and disgraced in taking on the form of a man. We must be humbled to have the mind of Christ. Jesus says, "For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted" (Luke 14:11). We must be willing to suffer humiliation for Christ, but "the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Romans 8:18).
Third, to have the mind of Christ we must have a mind of obedience. Paul writes in Philippians 2:8 that Jesus "became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Jesus said in John 4:34 (NKJV), "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work." Obedience is what Jesus hungered and thirsted for. It was His very reason for being. It was the reason why He gave up equality with God and suffered humiliation as a servant in the form of man, as He said in John 6:38. That is what He was referring to when He said just before He died, "It is finished" (John 19:30). He had finished doing the will of the Father, including dying for our sins!
We must have a mind of obedience. Paul writes in Hebrews 5:8-9, "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him." Note that Paul says those who receive eternal life are those who obey the Son! What will happen to those who do not obey Him? Paul answers in 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9 that Jesus will come "taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power." If we expect to have eternal life, and escape the punishment of everlasting destruction, we must have a mind of obedience!
There are rewards, both in this life, and in eternity, for having a mind of obedience. John writes in 1 John 3:22, "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight."
What were the results of Jesus having a mind of sacrifice, humility, and obedience? According to Philippians 2:9-11, the Father exalted Him, and in the end, everyone will know that Jesus is the Christ, and will give Him glory." If we have a mind of sacrifice, humility and obedience, we, too, will be exalted! Do you have the mind of Christ?
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