THE MINDSET OF CHRIST

By

Shelby G. Floyd

Jesus Christ is the perfect model of humbling ourselves before God Almighty: “He humbled himself” (Philippians 2:8). He took three big steps to do this.

1. He gave up his right to glory, his prerogative of equality with the Father: “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage” (Philippians 2:6-7).

2. He became a human in the very nature of a servant: “…rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself…” (Philippians 2:7-8).

3. He the perfect man voluntarily died a heinous death as a felon on the cruel cross of Calvary: “…he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:8).

Those who have given their allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ are commanded to imitate his humble attitude: “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).

We will have the mind of Christ when we seek the unity of the congregation with one mind and purpose, out of a heart of love for our brothers and sisters in Christ,

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind” (Philippians 2:1-2).

The only way we can do this is by thinking of other people as being better than ourselves:

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).

When we imitate Christ, God raises us up to sit with him in the heavenly places, “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). To live with Christ forever in the heavenly home, we must have the mindset of Christ while we are here in our earthly home.

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Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142

They Poisoned Their Minds

By

Shelby G. Floyd

Poison

Paul and Barnabas entered the Jewish synagogue at Iconium and so spoke that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed. Our attitude and reception of the word of God is what produces faith (Romans 10:17). “But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers” (Acts 14:1-2 NIV). Unbelievers who reject the gospel often will try to “stir up” (epegeiro) and excite potential believers so they will also be unbelievers. Then when they have whipped the people up into a state of excitement they negatively affect or “poison” (kakoo) their minds. This is exactly what the Jews did in Antioch of Pisidia: “But the Jews incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region” (Acts 13:50). We see this sort of action take place domestically, politically and religiously. All such wickedness must be exposed to the light of day.

Misrepresenting Men and Their Message

How do unbelievers go about trying to poison and prejudice people’s minds? They poisoned their minds by misrepresenting these men and their message. This is exactly what Bar-Jesus tried to do to the Roman proconsul—Sergius Paulus on the island of Cyrus:

“They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus, who was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith” (Acts 13: 6-8).

But Paul would not allow him to deceive the deputy and rebuked him severely: “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord” (Acts 13: 10)?

Mind the Things Above

To make sure no one poisons our mind, let us not mind earthly things (Philippians 3:19), but let us set our minds on the things above where Christ sits at the right hand of God (Colossians 3:1-4).

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Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142
shelby@thefloyds.net