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Thinking About NVCC 4/30/2017

The superlative desire of Jesus is to teach His followers His mind. Paul states this is so, “We have the mind of Christ” (1Cor. 2:16). What is the desire of Christ for us? That we would have His mind, for wisdom of the world leads to nothing. What does it mean to have the mind of Christ? When exploring this question three things seem to emerge: The beauty of Holiness, the possibilities for things lost, and the beauty in claiming lost things.

What is, “The beauty of holiness,” (Ps 96:9)? We know that Jesus came from God, (Cf. John 17:3), and because Jesus came from God it was written of Him, “How great is His goodness, how great is His beauty,” (Zech. 9:17). God sent Jesus, consequently all things were viewed by Jesus through that relationship, and the issue of holiness is always beauty.

When Jesus came into the world He found beauty spoiled. Despite what he found, He knew that everything had the possibility of restoration, renewal, and recreation. He knew this because He knew God and that gave Him a conviction of the possibilities for lost things.

Jesus knew the beauty of holiness, and the possibility for things lost, and therefore He considered His death on the cross to be the highest glory that could be granted to Him. Through His death God’s beauty would be known in creation, and those things lost would be restored. This was the master inspiration of His mind, and thus he emptied Himself!

His Mind,

Kirby

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Thinking About NVCC 9/6/2015

We have been working our way through the Book of Philippians. In verse 1:12 Paul began writing on the topic of the submissive mind, and this topic has continued through to where we left off last week in verse 2:18. A question arises from this section: Is it possible for the average Christian to practice the examples laid down by Jesus, and Paul?

This is a good question, for after all Jesus is the Son of God, and Paul was the chosen apostle. Raising doubts to an affirmative answer is the Catholic Church’s teaching of the “counsel of perfection.” This teaching declares that the life of holiness or saint-ship is not possible for the ordinary Christian person, it is reserved for a select few who have received some higher calling, and have abandon themselves to that call.

In today’s verses, 19-30, Paul answers the question by introducing us to two ordinary men; Timothy and Epaphroditus. These two men were not apostles, nor were they miracle workers; they were just two Christians. Paul’s point in his topic’s conclusion is: The mind of Christ is available to any Christian; it is not something reserved for a chosen few; it is an opportunity for all believers.

Wow,

Kirby

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