Is it possible to have the mind of Christ while alive? Many deny it possible. We all think that in heaven we will be holy in character, but such a thought means that death will do something for us that Christ cannot do. That statement alone should be sufficient to make us believe that a life of holiness is possible now.
Can we have Christ’s holy mind today? Yes, by understanding that there is a difference between being blameless and faultless. Paul wrote, “That you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish.” Many stop there and say, “Yes that will be heaven.” But continue the verse, “in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.” That isn’t heaven, it sounds like Phoenix, Az., “among whom you are seen as lights in the world,” (Phil 2:15).
The New Testament never suggests that it is possible for the Christian to be faultless. That will happen, “At last, when the work is all done, when the Potter has perfectly molded the vessel to ultimate perfection, then we shall be faultless. He will present us faultless before the throne.” The New Testament says that we can be blameless. When you accept Jesus as your savior your become blameless.
Our study this morning is Phil 2:1-12, and we are talking about having the mind of Christ. Is such a suggestion possible? Paul thought so for he wrote, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (5); some translations like the King James actually use the word “mind” instead of attitude.
Today’s verses are a great instructional on the Christian walk, for they declare the philosophy of the Christian life. If we can understand the attitude, or mind of Christ, we will understand what the ultimate purpose of God is for believers. These verses today cause the sincere follower of Christ to ask, “What is the mind of Christ?”
What is the real importance of answering such a question? The importance is this, a Christian should replicate the mind of Christ in their daily life. Then wherever they go in their life and obey Biblical instructions, then Christianity leaves the realm of the theoretical and becomes the practical. Christianity then becomes an experience against which no argument against it can advance.
The best argument for Christianity is knowing the mind of Christ and allowing Him to reproduce his mind in us.
Thinking like Jesus,
“I [Jesus] am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished” (Luke 12:49-50 KJV). I didn’t understand the word, “straightened,” for it is an old definition. In the verse in means: Limited. Jesus was limited in what he could do until he suffered his baptism on the cross.
Jesus didn’t come to set an example, or to announce an ethic, but to send fire, that is to purify, and he couldn’t do that until He suffered on the cross. His baptism on the cross, in some divine mystical way, was able to deal with the forces that left mankind spiritually blind, and physically broken. It is by way of the cross that Jesus took hold of the poison which has spoiled humanity and destroyed it.
Your Christianity cannot be witnessed by sorrow or sadness, for because of Him all things are yours. Whether you are rich, poor, healthy, unhealthy, or things in your past or present you are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.
We are almost through the dog days of summer, and the signs that autumn is not far off are all around us; school is starting, football camps have opened, and new fashions are in the stores. Despite those signs most of us have shown up today for church in our shorts, sandals, and carrying water bottles, for the heat is still with us.
To the year rounders’ the heat doesn’t matter; it’s a beautiful desert day. There is no way for us to suppress our joy of this day, for Jesus Christ lives! And because of that I can face today, and tomorrow. Today I’m reminded of a saying on the front of a church, “This church stands for life. And we know that life comes through Jesus, the Son of God, crucified, buried, arisen, and returned to the Father, where he has made ready a place for those who live through trust in him.”
While the world is focused on other things, today we are focused on the gift of life God has given us. What will I do with it? I will respect it, protect it, be grateful for it, and share it. I will not ignore it, abuse it or hoard it.
Did you hear the story about the man who died leaving a huge estate which included several valuable works of art? The man’s will stated the estate was to be auctioned off. On the auction day a large crowd gathered, with several bidders eager to bid on the rare pieces of art.
The man who died had a son who was an amateur artist; and the first painting presented for auction was his. The son’s art was nothing like the valuable pieces the crowds came to bid on. The auctioneer stretched the bidding process out, and the crowd became restless with the delay. The painting was sold for a small amount, and the auctioneer announced the end of the auction. The bidder who had purchased the son’s painting was to receive all the rest.
The lesson isn’t easy. The one who has God’s Son has life. The one who does not have God’s Son does not have life. Seek first His kingdom, and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
“He who has an ear, let him hear”