Summary: To become more like Christ, we need to know the mind of Christ.
“Let This Mind Be In You”
Paul isn’t encouraging the church to have Christ’s intellect. He is encouraging them to have Christ’s attitude toward God’s will and toward people.
When the mind of Christ is in me …
I empty myself
Jesus was in the form of God
Had every right to demand service
But He made himself of no reputation
He emptied Himself
He subjected Himself to God’s authority
He subjected Himself to God’s providence
He took on the discipline of obedience
I become a servant
He took on the form of a bondservant
He appeared as a servant
He preformed the work of a servant
He was regarded as a servant
Jesus didn’t look after His own interests
Paul is illustrating the depths to which Jesus
descended to accomplish His redeeming work.
He came in the likeness as men
Jesus was fully God/man
Jesus was fully immersed into the human
He shared the liabilities of misunderstanding, trials
Karl Barth wrote, “What we see is a man, the form
of one exposed to all the dubiousness, ambiguity,
and darkness of the human existence, the form
not of a lord but of a servant.”
I humble myself
Jesus humbled Himself
Those who saw Him didn’t recognize Him (John 14:9)
Instead of commanding and ruling in majesty, He
allowed Himself to be humiliated and abused.
Jesus left no doubt of His obedience to God. He never
shirked from His duty
“I have come down from heaven, not to do My will but to
do the will of the Him who sent Me.” (John 6:38)
Following the will of God the to the cross was the
Jesus was never seen more plainly to be God than when
He gave up His life as a man.
A greater contrast has never been seen
omnipotence – helplessness
Throne in glory – cross
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him
given Him a name above every name
At His name every knee shall bow
At His name every tongue confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord
To the glory of the Father
“My dress,” the young girl murmured, her words slurred through swollen lips. “Please give me my dress. I want to hold it.” The Christians surrounding the girl’s bed were sad. Because of her extensive injuries, doctors could do nothing for her. Weeks ago, the believers had bought her a white dress to celebrate her new life and pure heart in Christ Jesus.
Her father had not been pleased with his daughter’s decision to follow Christ. One night, in a drunken rage, he attacked his daughter, beating her and kicking her. He left her lying in the muddy street to die.
When she didn’t show up for church, her Christian friends went looking for her. They found the girl unconscious, lying in a heap, her formerly snow-white dress now covered in blood and mud. She was brought to a doctor, but her injuries were severe.
Now she was asking for her dress.
“The dress is ruined,” her friends told her. They tried to talk her out of it, thinking that seeing the ruined dress would break down the girl’s spirit.
With the simple faith of a ten-year-old, she whispered, “Please, I want to show the dress to Jesus. He was willing to bleed for me. I just want Jesus to know that I was willing to bleed for Him.”
Shortly afterwards, the young girl died.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”