We are To Think Like Jesus!
Php 2:1-8 KJV
(1) If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
(2) Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
(3) Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
(4) Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
(5) Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
(6) Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
(7) But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
(8) And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
In verse five we are told to think like Jesus. As we look at Jesus’ life we see that there were things that he did in his life that we are to do also. But on the other hand, there were things that he did not do that we are not to do either.
1Co 2:14-16 KJV
(14) But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
(15) But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
(16) For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
In the parable of the sower, we are shown the different types of ground that the seed fell on. The seed is the Word of God. The first type of ground the seed fell on, because there was no understanding, the devil was able to come and steal the Word out of the person’s heart.
Mat 13:19 KJV
(19) When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
The second type of ground was the person received the Word with joy, but because there was no root in the person, this person did not have the knowledge, and wisdom of God to be able to stand when trouble came and fell away.
Mat 13:20-21 KJV
(20) But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
(21) Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
The third type of Ground is the person that will not let go of their love for the thinks of this world.
Mat 13:22 KJV
(22) He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
The fouth type of ground is the ground that the Lord wants us to be.
Mat 13:23 KJV
But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
To many people have gone out, but it was not time yet. They did not have what they needed to have and they still had sin in their life and the devil was able to trap them in a snare.
2Ti 2:19-26 KJV
(19) Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
(20) But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
(21) If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
(22) Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
(23) But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
(24) And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
(25) In meekness instructing those”that oppose themselves”; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
(26) And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
1Ti 3:1-13 KJV
(1) This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
(2) A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
(3) Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
(4) One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
(5) (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
(6) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
(7) Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
(8) Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
(9) Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
(10) And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
(11) Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
(12) Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
(13) For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Rom 12:7 KJV
(7) Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, (let him wait) on teaching;
As we look at the rest of this scripture, we will see things that he did that we are to do also, which means that we must change our mind on what we believe once we see what he did, or did not do.
In verse six we are told that Jesus believed that he could be equal with God. We have been told that we could never be equal with God, but all the way through the Word of God we are called “sons of God”. What gives us the right to be sons of God? There is only one thing that we have done and that is to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. This one act of “faith” has granted us the right to be called sons (and daughters) of God. To have faith means that we have hear God by the Spirit and believed what we hear and acted upon what we believe! As we look at our natural parents, because we are their natural sons and daughters, we have the right to be called by their last name and share all that the family has. It is the same with God, because we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, we have been granted “grace”, we have been adopted by God and now we have peace with God “through” Jesus Christ and we have God’s name! This is called, justification. We are now “in” Jesus Christ, and because we are in Jesus Christ, we are part of the family of God and rightfully an heir to all God has promised in His Word. The Old Testament calls this a covenant. We met the conditions that God required, therefore now we are accepted in Christ Jesus.
Rom 5:1-2 KJV
(1) Therefore being “justified by faith”, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
(2) By whom also we have access “by faith” into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Mat 11:28-30 KJV
(28) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
(29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
(30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Light is the knowledge of God.)
1Pe 2:21-22 KJV
(21) For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
(22) Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
1Jn 2:5-6 KJV
(5) But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
(6) He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
When we called out to God for help with a pure heart and asked God to help us, God sent Jesus Christ into our heart to be our Comforter. The Holy Ghost is a gift from God to be our guide through the spiritual world we now live in. This scripture tells us that Jesus Christ is the Holy Ghost!
Act 20:28 KJV
(28) Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Php 2:7 KJV
(7) “But made himself of no reputation”, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
The next part of having the mind of Christ, pertains to Christ not making himself a reputation. There were times that Jesus said, go and tell no man what I have done. Jesus did this because He could not make Himself a reputation, which is rooted in pride. Christ understood the human nature, which loves to have the preeminence, and loves to be puffed up and says, look what I have done. Christ was not allowed to have pride, or be haughty, or arrogant. He was to have a servant’s spirit, humble and sincere, always expressing himself as a servant with few words, thinking before he spoke, and saying only that which glorified the Father. When he was confronted by the scribes and Pharisees, who tried to trap him in his words, he spoke as one having authority using what they said against them.
After Jesus accented into heaven, he gave commandments to the apostles, two of these commandments were, one do not take money to preach the gospel, and two do not build buildings but meet in each others homes.
Act 1:1-2 KJV
(1) The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
(2) Until the day in which he was taken up, “after that” he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
2Th 3:7-10 KJV
(7) For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
(8) Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; (for nothing) but wrought (worked) with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
(9) Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
(10) For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
There are people today taking money to preach that God has blinded their eyes to this revelation of taking money to preach, and meeting in our homes. They do not see that they are to be working a job just like you and me to get their money, not taking money from the poor and living off of it. People who are supported by money sent to them by churches that take tithes are not to do that. When they go into a place to preach the gospel. They are to get a job and support themselves from a job they are working just like the people they are trying to teach. They are to be examples to these people as Christ commanded them. Even Paul the apostle worked making tents to support him and the people with him. We are to be examples to people, but if we are not working, we cannot relate to these people!
Php 4:8-9 KJV
(8) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
(9) Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.