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Having The Mind Of Christ (11 of 13)
THE BOOK OF I PETER
I Peter 4:1-11
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
INTRODUCTION: The title of our last lesson was The Suffering of the Just for the Unjust, referring to Christ, who is the Just One, suffering for us—the Unjust Ones. Chapter three, verse eighteen states: For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.
Our lesson this evening picks up with chapter four, as Peter continues his discussion concerning the suffering of Christ and how His suffering should shape our thinking toward sin. In (vs. 1), he admonishes us to: "...arm yourselves with the same mind."
As we look at the following verses, we will see how having the same mind will change some things about us:
I. It Will Change Our Behavior
II. It Will Change Our Company
III. It Will Change Our Focus
I. IT WILL CHANGE OUR BEHAVIOR
If we have the mind of Christ, it will change our behavior. First of all...
A. We will see our sin differently (vv. 1, 2)
1. Jesus paid for our sins—and thank God, "once
for all!" Hebrews 10:12 says, But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God." Jesus suffered for our sin in the flesh (vs. 1a), and because the debt has been paid, He will never again be faced with sin: "For He that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin." Jesus wants us to have the same attitude or mind-set toward sin. Paul said in Romans 8:12-13, Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
2. When we begin to look at sin the way Christ
looked at sin, we will see things very differently. We will not be so careless about it. We will not so easily brush it asi ...
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