Php 2:1-11 "If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if
any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and
mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love,
being of one accord, of one mind.
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 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: 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.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
v.5 "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:"
1. The mission of Christ on earth was at least twofold in it's character, and if we desire to have the mind of Christ we must study His life, and find out what it teaches us.
First and foremost we place His work of SALVATION, and in this day of scepticism IT IS MORE THAN EVERIMPORTANT THAT WE SHOULD GIVE THIS GREAT WORK WHICH HE ACCOMPLISHED IN BRINGING ABOUT OUR SALVATION IT'S PROPER VALUE AND PLACE IN OUR CONSIDERATION.
By His death on Calvary He made possible the salvation of every soul; but if this was the only mission of Christ on earth, I believe the Father would have found a quicker method of securing that end. If he had only to die for us, there would have been no need of Him spending 33 years on earth, during which time He suffered indescribable persecution and revilement.
" BUT WHILE CHRIST DID SECURE OUR SALVATION AS A RESULT OF HIS
LIFE ON EARTH, HE ALSO ACCOMPLISHED OTHER GREAT THINGS AND LESSONS TO US
WHEN WE CONSIDER THE MIND OF CHRIST."
2. Paul when writing to the church at Philippi gave them a beautiful description of the life of Christ and urged them to emulate His example. But he well realized how impossible for them to live the Christ life without possessing the Christ spirit, so he prefaced his appeal to them with these words,- "LET THIS MIND BE IN YOU WHICH WAS ALSO IN CHRIST JESUS." Paul realized that before the people would begin to copy the example of their master, they must first possess the "SPIRIT" the "LOVE" and the "PASSION" which controlled His life.
Paul Knew that,-
1. Love was impossible when the heart was full of hatred and jealousy.
2. That humility was impossible while pride remained in the heart.
3. That purity could never exist while the mind was full of unclean thoughts and desires.
3. We learn many lessons from the life of Christ,-
1. HE WAS INDIFFERENT TO THE OPINION OF MEN.
Here is the great fault of people today, how they consider the opinion of men. No one could have been more tempted than Jesus was in this respect. The people of His day accused Him of casting out devils by the power of devils. If He had cared for the opinion of men, He could have stopped doing so. But their opinion did not in the least interfere with His work; He continued to deliver the poor victems from the power of evil spirits.
Jesus taught us by His life how indifferent we should be to the opinion of the world. Therefore if we would live the Christ life we must disregard the opinion of men and do the will of the Father.
2. WILLINGNESS OF SERVICE.
Paul tells us that Jesus took upon Himself, there was no forcing Him into service. He willingly bore the penalty of the sins of the world.
Phil. 2:14 "Do all thing without murmurings and disputings."
Ceasar at one time prepared a great feast for all his nobels and friends. But it so happened that on the day appointed the weather was so inclement that nothing could be done to honor the occasion. Ceasar was so displeased with this that he commanded all who had bows andd arrows to shoot up their arrows to Jupiter their cheif god in defiance of him for such a rainy day. They did this, but their arrows fell short of heaven and fell upon their own heads. A great multitude was severely wounded. So all our murmurings which are like so many arrows shot at God himself will return upon our own heads; "IT IS BETTER TO BE MUTE THAN TO MURMER:" "IT IS DANGEROUS TO PROVOKE A CONSUMING FIRE."