We Have The Mind Of Christ

Greetings!

1 Corinthians 2:16 does not say we ‘might’ have the mind of Christ nor does it say we ‘can’ have His mind. It is very definite in saying we , as believers, “have” the mind of Christ Jesus.

Think about that for a moment. The One Who created everything that ever came into existence (John 1:3) with an intelligence defying human imagination and understanding, God has graciously granted us, through no merit of our own, the presence of His mind within us! Of course, this applies more importantly to Spiritual realities, as well.

Staggering to say the least.

There is a catch, though. Like everything else that is ours because of Jesus’ sacrifice, except for our actual calling as believers, the realization and benefit  requires us to to go to and draw near to God and Jesus (James 4:8). (Please reference the Post “Why Isn’t God More Real To Me”)

As written by Andrew Murray in his  book ABSOLUTE SURRENDER, “The condition for obtaining God’s full blessing is absolute surrender to Him.”. (please reference the Post “Absolute Surrender”)

Being ‘lukewarm’ will never cut it with God and Christ Jesus as illustrated in Revelation 3:16: “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” (New American Standard). There is a good article about being ‘lukewarm’ by Francis Chan at http://www.iwilltrustinyou.org/post/3952064952/are-you-a-lukewarm-christian-by-francis-chan .

The super-wonderful experience of enjoying the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23), the “mind of Christ”, real “righteousness” (Matthew 5:6) and infinite other blessings from God and Christ Jesus await those believers who ‘hotly’ pursue all that which is of Them:

we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

The “mind of Christ” will become more evident within us the more we “HUNGER” and “THIRST after “righteousness” (Matthew 5:6)….and not just ‘mildly’ want and ‘mildly’ pursue that which is of our Father and Christ Jesus.

Until later,

Fred

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Absolute Surrender

Hey, there! I would like to pass along to you two excellent books on the “absolute surrender” to God and Christ Jesus each believer should strive to attain to during their Christian journey. Each one is FREE online and can also be purchased at Amazon.com as well as at other bookstores.

ABSOLUTE SURRENDER by Andrew Murray at http://www.ccel.org/ccel/murray/surrender.toc.html . Mr. Murray pretty much sums up the essence of both books when he writes “God expects your surrender” and “The condition for obtaining God’s full blessing is absolute surrender to Him.”. This is in perfect harmony with “Practicing The Presence Of God” and what is covered in “Why Isn’t God More Real To Me”.(Please reference these Posts)

ABANDONMENT TO DIVINE PROVIDENCE by Jean-Pierre de Caussade at http://www.ccel.org/ccel/decaussade/abandonment.toc.html .

As a side note, it appears that, partly because of the influence of William Law, Mr. Murray came to believe in the salvation of ALL mankind (http://www.tentmaker.org/biographies/murray.htm and http://www.tlchrist.info/universalists.html, et al).

Enjoy and hope to see you later.

Fred

Bible Study Is Good…IF…BUT…

William Law (1686 – 1761) was an English spiritual writer and mystic who wrote quite a number of excellent books.  ‘Mystic’ in the sense that he was acknowledged as having a personal closeness to God and Christ on a moment to moment basis.  He even alludes to this in one of his writings.  Google  the term ‘Christian mystic’…..it is an interesting subject and an example of why all true Christians should be  labeled as such.

I read so many of his books I forgot in which one (I believe it was either THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT or THE SPIRIT OF LOVE) he said (and I paraphrase) that we can study the Bible almost continuously , and yet, if it does not eventually lead us to depend TOTALLY on God and Christ Jesus in all things, it is of little or no value. ‘Eventually’ in the sense that this always does take time.

The point he was making is that we cannot depend on how much we study God’s Word, read ‘spiritual’ writings, go to church,  throw ourselves into Christian ’causes’, do good works, offer our material possessions abundantly, pray night and day…..if it ‘eventually’ does not bring us to completely forsake our depending our human reason, etc. and, moment by moment, seek God and Christ in ALL we do, we fall far short of achieving the ultimate goal of our calling.

He correctly pointed out  that we receive all of our thoughts and spiritual motivation  from 1 of 3 sources at any given moment.   (1) Ourselves …..any good from these are very limited to what is ‘naturally’ instilled in us, or our basic survival instincts…the rest of them are almost always tainted by  self serving interests (even our most noble acts),  (2) Satan and his demons….we obviously know where this will lead or  (3) God and Christ….receiving from Them is certainly the best of the 3!  And, that is why we must look in that direction moment by moment. (Note: The ‘world’…other humans…do NOT have the ability to originate/instill or implant thoughts WITHIN us as do the 3 above.)

He acknowledged (as do all the ‘mystics’) that this can be difficult at times, especially at the beginning, and even seem unnatural.  But once the glorious presence of God and Christ becomes a continual reality to us…..words cannot describe the ‘supernatural’  ongoing  joy one experiences, as well as the ability to serve as Christ did.

And, yes, Mr. Law believed in the salvation of all.  Greatly admired by Andrew Murray, it is believed that Mr. Murray also accepted this view in his later years…..reference http://www.tentmaker.org/biographies/murray.htm.

An excellent writing on the experience of a ‘mystic’ can be found in PRACTICING THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST by Brother Lawrence….http://thepracticeofthepresenceofgod.com/onlinetext/

Take care, and see you later.

Fred

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