The Mind of Christ

Sunday, January 18 2009 @ 06:00 AM CST

Contributed by: Harold

Radio transcript for January 18 and 24, 2009

Harold Bigham preaches on "The mind of Christ" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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Paul wrote, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5).

What is involved in having the mind of Christ?

A humble and serving mind is involved in having the Mind of Christ. Christ was a humble servant. He practiced a life of humble service to others. Paul wrote, Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross" (Philippians 2:6-8). How great the example of humility and service is found within what Paul wrote. Jesus left heaven to come to earth. Have you ever thought about the depths of Christ's humility? He left heaven! Heaven is that which we long for and Christ gave it up to come to earth to be born and become a humble servant.

Jesus taught his disciples on one occasion about humility and service. He gave them an example of these traits that we are to have.

"Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simonâ??s son, to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciplesâ?? feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one anotherâ??s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his Lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him" (John 13:1-16).

My friend did you notice how that humility and service to others go together? They are connected to each other. You cannot separate the two. The apostles were taught to be a servant to each other. Jesus said, "The servant is not greater than his Lord". The apostles needed to learn this lesson. Do you remember when James and John along with their mother made a request to Jesus for prominence? They wanted to sit on the right and left side of Christ in His kingdom. They thought that the Kingdom was an earthly government and they wanted to stand out heads and shoulders above the other apostles (Matthew 20:20-28). When the other apostles heard of their request they were filled with indignation. They were angry. Jesus concluded by stating, "But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:26-28). Now back to John chapter 13. The example of washing each other's feet was given to show us how to serve with humility. Now let me state this. This does not teach as some might teach that we are to have foot washing in our worship today. Today, we practice humble service to others by doing various things. When we help others we are practicing humility and we are being a servant. We might do a number of things to help people and in doing this we have the mind of Christ.

In addition, our humility is to reflect the mind of little children. Jesus taught his disciples about little children and their humility. Listen to what Matthew records: "At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea" (Matthew 18:1-6). A little child is humble and pure. Jesus was teaching the lesson that we must become in our attitudes as little children and be humble. But notice again about humility. In our reading, we read about the disciples wanting to know who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:1). Jesus said, except ye be converted and become as little children ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:3). Conversion to Christ requires humility. Without humility we will not be converted or saved from our sins.

An obedient mind is involved in having the Mind of Christ. Again Paul wrote, "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). Not only are humility and service connected to each other but also is obedience. Jesus the humble servant became obedient unto death. He ultimately would die on the cross for all people. Jesus died for you and me. "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" (Hebrews 5:8-9). Again the example of Christ is given to motivate us to also obey God. We can have eternal salvation if we would obey God. It takes humility to obey God's commandments. "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15).

What type of a mind do you have today? Obey the gospel of Christ by hearing the gospel (Romans 10:17); believing in Christ (Mark 16:16); repenting of your sins (Acts 2:38); confessing the name of Christ as the only begotten Son of God (Acts 8:37) and then be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). Christ then adds you to His church where you can be a faithful humble obedient servant even until you die for Christ (Revelation 2:10) to go to Heaven. Paul said, "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace" (Romans 8:5-6).Are you spiritually minded? Do you have the mind of Christ?

Thank you so much for listening to our message today. May God bless you and have a great day!

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