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July 2, 2017


Philippians 2:5-8, John 19:30

Pastor Roger Redmond

The world may boast of great minds but there has never been a mind liken unto the "Mind of Christ.  Great minds may sing their own praise and may lay claim to their accomplishments but yet man is only the offspring of the creator. Act_17:28 -29 "For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device." Even the least in the Kingdom can say they have the mind of Christ.  1Co 2:16 " For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."

One has only to read from Psa. 139:13-17 to see the wonder of their creation, i.e. 14  I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.. How foolish for one to live outside the claims of The LORD Jesus Christ.

The Mind of Christ

The thoughts of our mind are the foundation for our acts, the things we do.  Christ left heaven and came down to us that He might be our Saviour. Php 2:5-8  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 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.

It is important to see the person who would submit himself to such a death and accomplish such a work and declare "It is finished." Who is He?  He is Christ,  the Son of God.  He is deity.  It is the Incarnation of God. John 1:1-2. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God.  John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

It is important to see what He knew before submitting to the death of the Cross.  It is so amazing; He knew before hand but yet He came for you and me.   Before coming, He knew of all that would take place and what would be required of Him.  Psalm 22 allows us to see the cup from which Jesus drank.  And in that cup was suffering.

1. He knew the agony of bearing our sin, Psalm 22:1; 2 Cor. 5:21; Isaiah 53:6-7.

2. He knew the agony of being mocked, John 19:1-3, Psalm22:3

3. He knew the agony of humiliation, Psa. 22:6-7.  The Son of God was disrobed.

4. He knew the agony of suffering, Psalm 22:14.

5. He knew the agony of thirst, Psalm 22:15.  He who made the rivers cried, "I thirst". He gave me Living Water but for that Water, He had to die!

He knew the agony of betrayal.  He chose the disciples and one He chose betrayed Him.  Why would He do that?  In light of all the suffering, He would endure why did He come?  In Hebrews 2:17 we can in part the answer:  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. He experienced the agony and therefore knows how we feel. That is why we can sing "What a Friend we have in Jesus.  He is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

The next time you are tempted to sin: remember the price He paid for you, But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. John 20:31.   Joh 11:27  She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

What does believing that Jesus is the Christ mean?

1.  It means complete rest in Christ as your Saviour. John 14:1-2.

2.  It means complete confidence in the plan of God for Salvation, Romans 4: 20-25. Christ is God's plan.

3.  It means totally relying on Christ as your Saviour, John 6:47.

There are not three different things to believe.  Each one means the same thing.  He is the Son of God and did come into the world, 1Jn 1:2  (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

If He had a mind to be our Saviour and endure the suffering to accomplish that work of Redemption, then we should have a mind to take up our cross and follow Him.  Will there be any half hearted Christians in heaven?  There will be people saved yet so as by fire.  But let me say this:  No one plans to be saved yet so as by fire!  No one wants to be!  They will say at the JSOC: I didn't intend to be!  What happened?  Got careless, put off discipleship, got caught with no time to make things right!


We are to live for Christ

Luk 9:23-27  "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God."

If you are to live daily in fellowship with Christ you will need to take up your cross daily and follow Him. You as a Child of God cannot live in fellowship with your Saviour and at the same time ignore Christ in your daily life.  "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth". Col. 3:1-2. Paul said, "I die daily". What did he mean?  He meant that he die to self each day.  It is a daily following Christ.   It is a daily dethroning of self.

To deny self is not something that can be finished and got out of the way; it must be done daily.  That is how and why Christians have lost the joy of their salvation.  They have left their first love, that love for Christ and willingness to serve and obey at any cost. ".... and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. I John 1:3b-4.

When you live for self,  there is no peace of God in your soul or fellowship with your Saviour.  You have peace with God because you are justified by faith, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:" But not the peace that come from being obedient to Him, Luke 9:23ff.

The pretense of walking in fellowship with Him makes the LORD sick. Living in pretense hinders and dulls the mind, Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: Rev. 3:17.

But yet, He comes to us with compassionate advice,   "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see" Rev. 3:18

Anyone who hears His counsel discovers they are loved by Him and accepts correction from Him Rev 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

When a soldier picked up his cross and went off to war it was with the understanding he would not return. And so it is with you following Christ.  You take up your cross daily and follow Christ daily.  It is a way of life.

There is an old saying and it is a true: you never doubt in the dark what God gave you in the light.

1.  Don't neglect the biblical  principles you have already learned. Don't let things slide you have already believed and practiced.

2.  Don't question the  promises of the LORD when you are being tested.

3.  Don't quit! Return to the LORD and  get up and start again.

4.  Don't  forget the importance of faith and obedience to Him.  If Worship, Study of God's Word, Giving, Morality and Serving are not important then why are they in God's Word?  If your life does not matter then why are we warned about the JSOC?







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