Adopting the Mind of Christ
Tony R. Nester
"Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus." With these words the Apostle Paul directs believers in Christ to be of the same mind as Christ.
Do you think with the mind of Christ? Do you see the world with the mind of Christ? Do you make your choices with the mind of Christ?
Holy Week reveals to us the Passion of Christ, and the mind of Christ that accepted that suffering. The mind of Christ is the mind that set his face to go to Jerusalem even though Peter, with a different mindset, argued against going there. The mind of Christ is the mind that prayed, "Father, your will, mine be done," although he wished for the "cup of suffering" to be set aside. The mind of Christ is the mind that accepted the cross in spite of it pain and shame. The mind of Christ is the mind that prayed from the cross, Father, forgive them," though none deserved to receive forgiveness. The mind of Christ is the mind that with the last breath of the body surrendered itself in trust to the Father praying, "Into your hands I commit my spirit."
Now, says today's Scripture from Philippians, Chapter 2, "Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus."
Paul explains in the succeeding verses that behind each of these decisions made by Jesus lay a far greater and prior decision. Before he faced any of the difficult decisions of his ministry, and long before that awful night in the Garden of Gethsemane, ages before he was whipped, scourged, and crucified, Jesus made the crucial decision that set it all in motion.
He willingly gave up his Heavenly glory and accepted the Father's call to descend to this earth, take on the form of a servant, and become our Savior.
Paul says of Jesus that "he emptied himself" of all of his rightful Heavenly glory. He did not, says Paul, regard his equality with God as something to be grasped and possessed for his own advantage.
"He humbled ...
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