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The Priority of a Dedicated Mind

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December 30, 2020
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Learn how to look at life the way the Savior looks at life and how to have His values and His desires.

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  • male announcer: You're notwhat you think you are,
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  • but what you think, you are!
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  • Did you get that?
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  • Think about it.
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  • You're not what you think youare, but what you think,
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  • you are.
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  • Whatever is going onin your mind has everything
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  • to do with what you put there.
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  • Whatever you put inis going to find its way out.
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  • It affects every part of you.
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  • What you think, say, do,starts in the mind.
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  • So, if someone could readyour mind, would they be
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  • surprised by what theywould see?
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  • Because you're not what youthink you are, but what you
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  • think, you are.
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  • "What Do You Think?"
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  • with Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Hello,I'm David Jeremiah,
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  • and welcome to "Turning Point."
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  • Thank you for joining mefor a series of messages
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  • that I believe are life-changing
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  • because they're mind-changing.
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  • We're exploring thebiblical idea that how we think
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  • greatly impacts who we are.
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  • And today, I want to explainwhat it means to be dedicated
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  • to having the mind of Christ,thinking like Christ thought,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We are justthree messages into this series
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  • which we have called"What Do You Think?"
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  • And we're talking aboutthe occurrences in the Bible
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  • of the Word that has to dowith our mind.
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  • And today we wanna talk about"The Priority
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  • of a Dedicated Mind."
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  • What does it mean when we readin Philippians chapter 2
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  • and verse 5:"Let this mind be
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  • in you which was alsoin Christ Jesus"?
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  • God has given us a receiver
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  • and a transmitter as a partof our equipment so that
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  • we can know God.
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  • That's part of what it meanswhen we're told that God has
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  • created us with a God-shapedvacuum in our lives.
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  • And until God is at home,the receiver and the transmitter
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  • are shut off.
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  • But when God comes to livewithin us, we then have
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  • the capacity to know Godand to fellowship with God.
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  • And the Bible says we even learnhow to understand God's Word
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  • because the natural man does notreceive the things of God
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  • but he that is spiritualor he that is a Christian.
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  • So today,we want to look at this verse
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  • in the book of Philippiansthat says,
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  • "Let this mind be in youwhich was also in Christ Jesus."
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  • When I began this series,I knew the verse,
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  • I knew it was in the Bible.
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  • I knew it said we're to let themind of Christ be in us but I
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  • was quite surprised as I wentback and learned just exactly
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  • what this means and you willno doubt be surprised as well.
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  • How many of you know that whenyou want to understand a verse,
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  • you have to look at it in itscontext, and the first thing you
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  • notice when you read verse 5of Philippians chapter 2
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  • is that it is connectedwith verse 6 and following.
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  • "Let this mind be in youwhich was also in Christ Jesus,"
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  • and there's no period there.
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  • There's a comma.
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  • "Let this mind be in you whichwas also in Christ Jesus, who--"
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  • and then there's a wholeparagraph that follows that,
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  • that explains what isthe mind of Christ.
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  • Let us be sure todaythat we understand
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  • that we're talking hereabout something
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  • that happens in our mind.
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  • In fact,in the first verses
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  • of Philippians 2,you will see the word "mind"
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  • four times.
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  • Verse 2 says:"Like-minded, one mind."
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  • Verse 3 says:"Lowliness of mind."
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  • Verse 5 says: "Let this mind."
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  • The book of Philippianshas a lot to say about the mind,
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  • not just in the first chapter,not in the second chapter,
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  • but in the whole book,the concept of the human mind,
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  • the conceptof our thought process,
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  • is mentioned over ten times.
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  • Now, what we're gonna learntoday is that it's not just
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  • our thinking.
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  • For instance, if a friend doessomething that puzzles us,
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  • we might ask what was it thathe had in mind in doing it?
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  • It is this sense that Paul usesthis word here in Philippians 2:
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  • what was in the mindof the Lord Jesus.
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  • And then we read that section,"Who," and it tells us
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  • all about what happenedwhen Jesus came to this earth.
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  • The passage that is before usdescribes the mind of Christ.
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  • Now listen, if you studythe Gospels, you will learn
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  • a lot about Jesus.
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  • All four Gospels tell the storyof the life of Christ.
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  • Most of the Gospels,most of the four Gospels,
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  • have to do withthe death of Christ,
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  • his passion.
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  • When you come to the Epistlesthat were written
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  • to the churches,you find out what all that means
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  • because Paul and Peter and John,
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  • they explain the cross.
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  • But only inPhilippians chapter 2
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  • do you have a chance to seethe cross through the eyes
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  • of Jesus himself.
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  • What did it mean to him whenhe came to this earth
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  • to be our Savior?
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  • That's what Paul wants us toknow about the mind of Christ.
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  • He says, "Let this mind bein you which was also
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  • in Christ Jesus, who,"then he tells the story
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  • of the incarnation.
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  • There are some steps that Jesustook from heaven to this earth
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  • and we're gonna follow themthrough.
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  • Remember, this is a storyto teach us a lesson
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  • about the mind of Christ.
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  • What happened whenGod the Father spoke
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  • to God the Son and he said,"We are going to invade
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  • the earth with the gospel andit will take everything we have
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  • to do it and I'm assigningthe task to you"?
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  • The Bible says the first thingthat the Lord Jesus had to do
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  • when he came to this earth was,he had to relinquish his place.
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  • Notice, "Let this mind be in youwhich was also in Christ Jesus,
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  • who, being in the form of God--"
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  • The word "being" here is usedmany times in the New Testament.
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  • It always refers topre-existence.
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  • In other words,that Jesus was always God,
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  • always has been, always will be,never will not be.
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  • He's always been who he isand it says here that being in
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  • the form of God,having the very substance
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  • of God, Jesus in heavenhad to do something that
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  • is mind-boggling to all of us.
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  • If we're to understand thegreatness of Christ coming to
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  • this earth, and if we're to knowthe mind of Christ, we must see
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  • that it is a mind of humility.
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  • We must try to comprehendthe lofty position that he held
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  • before he was made man.
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  • Not only had Christexisted eternally,
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  • he had existed eternallyas God.
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  • And when Paul says that he wasin the form of God,
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  • he's not just referring tohow he looked outwardly.
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  • He's talking aboutthe very substance of Christ.
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  • He was the very God of gods,God himself.
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  • Once in a while,you hear people say,
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  • "Well, you know,I don't have a problem with you
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  • believing in Jesus.
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  • He was a good man.
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  • I'm sure he was among the betterof the prophets and all of that,
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  • but don't give me this nonsenseabout Jesus being God because
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  • the Bible doesn't teach that."
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  • When somebody tells you that,you can pretty well rest assured
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  • that they don't ever readthe Bible.
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  • Because the Bible does teachthat over and over and over
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  • again so that we won't miss it.
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  • John 14:9, Jesus said,"He who has seen Me
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  • has seen the Father."
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  • Colossians 1:19: "For it pleasedthe Father than in Him," Christ,
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  • "all the fullness should dwell."
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  • 1 Timothy 3:16:"And without controversy,
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  • great is the mysteryof godliness:
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  • God was manifest in the flesh."
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  • The Bible teaches thatJesus Christ is God and,
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  • friends, if he were not God,
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  • then the Christian faithis a joke because
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  • no man can diefor the sins of the whole world.
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  • Only the God-man can do that.
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  • Only Jesus Christ who was inthe very essence and substance
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  • God could hang on a cross andhis death be worthy of the death
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  • of everyone who would puttheir trust in him.
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  • So let's understand thatthe deity of Jesus Christ,
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  • the Godhead of Jesus Christ,is not an option for those of us
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  • who are Christians.
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  • If you do not believe that Jesuswas God, then you do not have
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  • anything to believe,because if he is not God,
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  • we are still in our sins.
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  • It was Jesus Christ who came,God in the flesh,
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  • down to this earth.
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  • And the point that Paul ismaking here is that in order
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  • for him to become our Savior,he had to walk away
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  • from the place that he had.
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  • He had to relinquish his place.
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  • And then secondly, he hadto refuse his prerogative.
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  • Notice in verse 6,at the end of the verse it says:
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  • "He did not consider it robberyto be equal with God."
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  • When the text says that Christdid not consider it robbery
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  • to be equal with God,it means that he did not hold on
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  • to the outer manifestationof his deity.
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  • He was still God,he always will be God,
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  • he never was not God,but in order to come down here
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  • to be one of us, he had to layaside some of the outward
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  • manifestation of his Godheadto become a man.
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  • He who had everything inthe outer manifestation of his
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  • Godhead walked away from thatto come down and be one of us.
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  • And then in verse 7,we're told he renounced
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  • his privileges:"He made Himself
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  • of no reputation."
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  • Listen, Jesus Christ madehimself of no reputation.
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  • Don't forget the admonition:"Let this mind be in you
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  • which was also in Christ."
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  • What does it mean that he madehimself of no reputation?
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  • Some scholars say thatwhen Jesus came to this earth,
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  • he laid aside his deity.
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  • He laid aside all of theattributes of his Godhead.
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  • Well, let me tell you something.
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  • Diminished deity is no deityat all.
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  • You can't lay asidepart of being God.
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  • You're either Godor you're not God.
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  • You're not partly God.
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  • You're not 75% God and I'mlaying aside 25% so I can go
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  • down and minister to the peopleon the earth.
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  • No, no, no, God never everceased to be God.
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  • Jesus never ceased to be God.
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  • But the Bible says he emptiedhimself and he made himself
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  • of no reputation.
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  • What does that possibly mean?
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  • Once again, it's the picture ofthe condescension of Christ
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  • to come so thathe could be our Savior.
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  • It means that when he cameto this earth, he set aside
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  • the independent use of hisattributes, of his power, so
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  • that he could identify with us.
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  • If God had come in Jesus Christwith all of the manifestations
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  • of the power of God, it wouldhave been so overwhelming.
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  • It would have beenso overwhelming.
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  • He could not have identified.
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  • As the Bible says that he wasidentified with us in his
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  • humanity, so that he feltevery temptation that we feel,
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  • that he was under every pressurethat we have ever been under,
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  • yet apart from sin.
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  • That's what the Bible says.
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  • In order for that to be true,the Bible says that when he came
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  • to this earth, he set asideall that he could be,
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  • although he still was.
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  • And he submitted himselfcompletely to the will
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  • of the Father.
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  • In the book of Hebrews,Jesus said,
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  • "Lo, I come (in the volumeof the book it is written,)
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  • to do thy will, O God."
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  • I want you to see that in orderfor Jesus Christ to be our
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  • Savior, what he did, what hegave up, to come down here,
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  • to be part of humanityso that he could be our Savior.
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  • "Let this mind be in youwhich was also in Christ."
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  • He relinquished his place.
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  • He refused his prerogative.
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  • He renounced his privileges.
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  • And notice also,he restricted his presence.
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  • I remember when thisfirst hit me,
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  • when I saw this, and I gotthis picture in my mind,
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  • and I hope I can put itin your mind, too.
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  • But here's the picture.
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  • Verse 7 says: "Taking the formof a bondservant, and coming
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  • in the likeness of men."
  • 00:14:10.032 --> 00:14:13.502
  • Do you know what God didin order that he could be
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  • our Savior?
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  • Listen to me, the Lord of glory,
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  • the Son of God, seatedat the right hand of the Father,
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  • was willing to come and bea little baby
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  • in the womb of a womanand be born as a human
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  • so that he could be our Savior.
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  • The one who had the unboundedfreedom of the whole universe
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  • restricted himselffirst of all to the womb of Mary
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  • and then also to a human body.
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  • Jesus Christ in a human body.
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  • I've said over the years,that Jesus Christ is God
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  • walking around in a body.
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  • The humanity of Christ is
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  • one of the greatest testimoniesof his love for us.
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  • Thomas Watson wrote thisin a magnificent paragraph
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  • in old English,but listen carefully.
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  • "Christ's taking our fleshwas one of the lowest steps
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  • of humility.
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  • He humbled himself more by lyingin the virgin's womb than
  • 00:15:18.767 --> 00:15:23.238
  • by hanging on the cross.
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  • It was not so much for a manto die--men die.
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  • But for God to become manwas the wonder of humility.
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  • For him to be made fleshwho was equal with God,
  • 00:15:34.483 --> 00:15:38.487
  • oh what humility.
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  • He stood upon even ground withGod, yet he stripped himself
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  • of the robes of his glory,and covered himself
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  • with the rags of humanity."
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  • That's what he did.
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  • That's what he did.
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  • And ultimately, in verse 8,we're told that he realized
  • 00:15:56.839 --> 00:15:59.675
  • his purpose,"and being found in appearance
  • 00:15:59.708 --> 00:16:02.144
  • as a man, He humbled Himselfand became obedient
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  • to the point of death,even the death of the cross."
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  • From heaven all the way down,down, down, down,
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  • until ultimatelyoutside of Jerusalem
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  • he hung on a crossand died as a common criminal.
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  • And the death of Christ was notan accident.
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  • It was in the program of God.
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  • The Bible says it was in God'smind before the world began.
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  • Nearly one-third of the materialin the Gospels is devoted
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  • to the days that Jesus spent inthe shadow of the cross because
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  • that was the very purpose
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  • for his coming to this earth.
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  • "For even the Son of Man did notcome to be served," says Mark,
  • 00:16:48.624 --> 00:16:52.594
  • "but to serve, and to giveHis life a ransom for many."
  • 00:16:52.628 --> 00:16:58.300
  • The Bible says that whenhe was finished with his death
  • 00:16:58.333 --> 00:17:02.538
  • and his Resurrection,Philippians 2:9 says:
  • 00:17:02.571 --> 00:17:05.974
  • "God also highly exalted Him,gave Him a name which is
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  • above every name,that at the name of Jesus
  • 00:17:09.745 --> 00:17:11.814
  • every knee should bow,of those in heaven,
  • 00:17:11.847 --> 00:17:14.450
  • and those on earth,and those under the earth,
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  • and that every tongueshould confess
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  • that Jesus Christ is Lord,to the glory of God the Father."
  • 00:17:22.124 --> 00:17:25.394
  • This passage coversthe entire life of Jesus.
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  • It covers his pre-existence,it covers his incarnation.
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  • It covers his humiliation.
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  • It covers his Crucifixion.
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  • And now it covers his Ascensionand his Exaltation.
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  • Somebody said,"This is the passage
  • 00:17:40.275 --> 00:17:42.311
  • of Scripture that gives youthe round-trip itinerary
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  • of Jesus."
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  • From heaven to earthand back to heaven.
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  • Now, all of this is given to us,this story is given to us to
  • 00:17:50.352 --> 00:17:56.058
  • help us understand what it meanswhen it says,
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  • "Let this mind be in you,which was also in Christ Jesus."
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  • What does that mean?
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  • That means thatthe mind of Christ
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  • is a mind of humility.
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  • It is a mind of condescension.
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  • In this world of arrogance andpride and posturing and all of
  • 00:18:16.979 --> 00:18:21.583
  • the rest, and especially doesthat happen often when we
  • 00:18:21.617 --> 00:18:24.353
  • get into the intellectual worldof the mind,
  • 00:18:24.386 --> 00:18:27.923
  • that is not the mind of Christ.
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  • The mind of Christ is rather,this mind of willing humility to
  • 00:18:30.058 --> 00:18:33.695
  • come all the way from heaven tothis earth and to humble himself
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  • even to the death of the cross,and that is what Paul is saying
  • 00:18:37.766 --> 00:18:40.869
  • when he says, "Let this mind bein you which was also
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  • in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:18:44.706 --> 00:18:47.543
  • And the Bible is replete withreferences to underscore
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  • this truth, that God loves thehumble spirit of his followers.
  • 00:18:52.548 --> 00:19:01.056
  • In the Old Testament,you will read it.
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  • In the New Testament,you will read it.
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  • In the words of the apostles,you will read it.
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  • And in the words of Jesus.
  • 00:19:07.596 --> 00:19:09.565
  • In the Old Testament we readthat "the fear of the Lord
  • 00:19:09.598 --> 00:19:12.067
  • is the instruction of wisdom,and before honor is humility."
  • 00:19:12.100 --> 00:19:17.639
  • Proverbs 29 says: "A man's pridewill bring him low,
  • 00:19:17.673 --> 00:19:21.810
  • but the humble in spiritwill retain honor."
  • 00:19:21.843 --> 00:19:25.647
  • And the words of Jesus, we read:"Therefore whoever humbles
  • 00:19:25.681 --> 00:19:29.318
  • himself as this little childis the greatest
  • 00:19:29.351 --> 00:19:32.254
  • in the kingdom of heaven."
  • 00:19:32.287 --> 00:19:34.156
  • Luke 14:11 says:"Whoever exalts himself
  • 00:19:34.189 --> 00:19:36.825
  • will be humbled,and he who humbles himself
  • 00:19:36.858 --> 00:19:39.461
  • will be exalted."
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  • Is that not what we just saw?
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  • He humbled himselfand then he was exalted.
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  • Luke 18:14 says:"I tell you this,
  • 00:19:45.901 --> 00:19:48.470
  • this man went down tohis house justified rather than
  • 00:19:48.503 --> 00:19:51.406
  • the other; for everyone whoexalts himself will be humbled,
  • 00:19:51.440 --> 00:19:55.310
  • and he who humbles himselfwill be exalted."
  • 00:19:55.344 --> 00:19:58.080
  • And then you add the wordsof the apostles like James
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  • who said,"But He gives more grace.
  • 00:20:00.682 --> 00:20:03.185
  • Therefore He says:'God resists the proud, and
  • 00:20:03.218 --> 00:20:06.054
  • he gives grace to the humble."
  • 00:20:06.088 --> 00:20:07.789
  • Have you ever thought aboutresisting God?
  • 00:20:07.823 --> 00:20:11.093
  • Some of us have done that,but that's one thing.
  • 00:20:11.126 --> 00:20:14.162
  • You don't want Godresisting you.
  • 00:20:14.196 --> 00:20:16.832
  • And the Bible says thatGod resists the proud.
  • 00:20:16.865 --> 00:20:21.570
  • But he shows graceto the humble.
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  • The Old Testament teaches it.
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  • The words of Jesus teach it.
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  • The apostles teach it.
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  • That God loves thosewho humbly follow after him.
  • 00:20:30.412 --> 00:20:37.019
  • The instruction of the mindof Christ and the illustration
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  • of it and the implication of it.
  • 00:20:39.554 --> 00:20:43.759
  • We've talked aboutverses 5 through 11,
  • 00:20:43.792 --> 00:20:46.962
  • but let's go back nowinto the first four verses
  • 00:20:46.995 --> 00:20:49.364
  • and learn what it meansif you have the mind of Christ.
  • 00:20:49.398 --> 00:20:53.035
  • First of all, in verses 1 and 2,you discover that the mind
  • 00:20:53.068 --> 00:20:55.570
  • of Christ will always produceunity among God's people.
  • 00:20:55.604 --> 00:21:00.475
  • Verses 1 and 2:"Therefore if there is
  • 00:21:00.509 --> 00:21:02.377
  • any consolation in Christ,if any comfort of love,
  • 00:21:02.411 --> 00:21:04.646
  • if any fellowship of the Spirit,if any affection and mercy,
  • 00:21:04.680 --> 00:21:07.983
  • fulfill my joy bybeing like-minded,
  • 00:21:08.016 --> 00:21:11.153
  • having the same love,of one accord, of one mind."
  • 00:21:11.186 --> 00:21:14.456
  • You see all those words,"like-minded," "same love,"
  • 00:21:14.489 --> 00:21:16.758
  • "one accord," "one mind"?
  • 00:21:16.792 --> 00:21:18.193
  • That's all about unity.
  • 00:21:18.226 --> 00:21:19.628
  • And you say,"Well, why would Paul
  • 00:21:19.661 --> 00:21:21.363
  • put this in his letterto the Philippians?"
  • 00:21:21.396 --> 00:21:23.098
  • Very simply, if you read thewhole letter, you'll discover
  • 00:21:23.131 --> 00:21:26.635
  • the church in Philippiwas having some spats
  • 00:21:26.668 --> 00:21:29.171
  • among their members.
  • 00:21:29.204 --> 00:21:31.239
  • They were having some stressin the church.
  • 00:21:31.273 --> 00:21:34.710
  • Now, we don't ever have that inour culture today but back in
  • 00:21:34.743 --> 00:21:37.112
  • the Bible days that happened.
  • 00:21:37.145 --> 00:21:40.582
  • And I know that I speak to agroup of folks here, some of you
  • 00:21:40.615 --> 00:21:42.351
  • came to this church, maybe youcame from a church that was
  • 00:21:42.384 --> 00:21:44.686
  • just exploding and it's just--it imploded from the inside
  • 00:21:44.720 --> 00:21:48.190
  • with dissension and fightingand all of this kind of thing.
  • 00:21:48.223 --> 00:21:51.159
  • I hear these stories every week,not just from this community but
  • 00:21:51.193 --> 00:21:54.796
  • from around the country becauseof what we do on the radio.
  • 00:21:54.830 --> 00:21:57.466
  • People write me letters,"What should I do?
  • 00:21:57.499 --> 00:21:59.267
  • This is going on in my church."
  • 00:21:59.301 --> 00:22:01.036
  • I used to ride with people fromthe airport when I was gonna go
  • 00:22:01.069 --> 00:22:03.438
  • speak in their churchand made the mistake of saying,
  • 00:22:03.472 --> 00:22:06.408
  • "So how's it going?"
  • 00:22:06.441 --> 00:22:07.642
  • I don't do that anymore becausethat's just really depressing
  • 00:22:07.676 --> 00:22:10.846
  • to me to hear what's happeningin the churches.
  • 00:22:10.879 --> 00:22:13.582
  • Let me tell youwhat I've learned.
  • 00:22:13.615 --> 00:22:16.251
  • In every situation wherethere is a fight in a church,
  • 00:22:16.284 --> 00:22:19.154
  • it's always about the pride ofsomebody in the congregation who
  • 00:22:19.187 --> 00:22:22.124
  • thinks their way is the best wayand if you don't want their way,
  • 00:22:22.157 --> 00:22:26.294
  • it's the highway.
  • 00:22:26.328 --> 00:22:27.396
  • And it just breaks outinto all kinds of stress.
  • 00:22:27.429 --> 00:22:30.999
  • Let me tell you something.
  • 00:22:31.032 --> 00:22:32.801
  • If you have the mind of Christ,that can never happen to you.
  • 00:22:32.834 --> 00:22:39.007
  • The mind of Christ is,he came from glory.
  • 00:22:39.040 --> 00:22:42.811
  • He laid aside his robesof royalty.
  • 00:22:42.844 --> 00:22:45.881
  • He was willing to be bornas a baby in a manger so that
  • 00:22:45.914 --> 00:22:50.652
  • he could ultimately serve usthrough his death on the cross.
  • 00:22:50.685 --> 00:22:55.924
  • The mind of Christis the mind of unity.
  • 00:22:55.957 --> 00:23:04.833
  • So the mind of Christ isthe mind of unity but the mind
  • 00:23:04.866 --> 00:23:07.536
  • of Christ is also the mindof usefulness.
  • 00:23:07.569 --> 00:23:10.972
  • Notice, verses 3 and 4:"Let nothing be done,"
  • 00:23:11.006 --> 00:23:14.476
  • don't do anything,"through selfish ambition
  • 00:23:14.509 --> 00:23:16.845
  • or conceit,but in lowliness of mind
  • 00:23:16.878 --> 00:23:20.615
  • esteem others better thanyourself.
  • 00:23:20.649 --> 00:23:23.452
  • Let each of you look outnot only for his own interest,
  • 00:23:23.485 --> 00:23:26.354
  • but also for the interestsof others."
  • 00:23:26.388 --> 00:23:29.658
  • In the kingdom of God,the way up
  • 00:23:29.691 --> 00:23:32.194
  • is always the way down.
  • 00:23:32.227 --> 00:23:35.330
  • If you wanna go upin the kingdom of God,
  • 00:23:35.363 --> 00:23:37.666
  • you have to be willingto humble yourself and,
  • 00:23:37.699 --> 00:23:41.503
  • in order to get into thekingdom, the Bible says you've
  • 00:23:41.536 --> 00:23:43.972
  • gotta become like a little childand be willing to accept
  • 00:23:44.005 --> 00:23:49.144
  • what God has done for you.
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  • I have preached the gospel toyou this morning, my friends.
  • 00:23:51.246 --> 00:23:54.015
  • I've told youwhat the gospel is.
  • 00:23:54.049 --> 00:23:55.951
  • It's the love of God and theobedience of Christ to come all
  • 00:23:55.984 --> 00:24:00.055
  • the way to this world to give upeverything in order that you
  • 00:24:00.088 --> 00:24:04.326
  • might become a Christian.
  • 00:24:04.359 --> 00:24:06.595
  • And if you've never acceptedChrist and his gift for you that
  • 00:24:06.628 --> 00:24:09.331
  • was purchased on the cross,I can't think of a better way
  • 00:24:09.364 --> 00:24:12.534
  • to begin your life and to beginto live the mind of Christ.
  • 00:24:12.567 --> 00:24:19.441
  • So I say to you once again as weclose, let this mind be in you
  • 00:24:19.474 --> 00:24:25.113
  • which was also in Christ Jesus.
  • 00:24:25.146 --> 00:24:28.550
  • Let this mind be in mewhich was also in Christ Jesus.
  • 00:24:28.583 --> 00:24:34.289
  • When I see him on the cross,
  • 00:24:34.322 --> 00:24:37.225
  • I can never be impressed aboutmyself because I am the one
  • 00:24:37.259 --> 00:24:43.131
  • for whom he came.
  • 00:24:43.164 --> 00:24:44.733
  • I am the sinner for whomhe died.
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  • And forevermore, my life needsto be a life of gratitude
  • 00:24:49.137 --> 00:24:53.008
  • and humble service to him.
  • 00:24:53.041 --> 00:24:55.210
  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return in a moment
  • 00:24:56.378 --> 00:24:57.979
  • to close today's programright after this.
  • 00:24:58.013 --> 00:25:00.782
  • announcer: And now,with one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
  • 00:26:01.443 --> 00:26:04.079
  • Dr. Jeremiah: What I'vetalked about in today's message
  • 00:26:05.080 --> 00:26:06.848
  • is one of the most revolutionarytruths in the Christian life,
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  • that you and I can actually havethe mind of Christ, that we can
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  • think like Christ as we come tounderstand how he thought about
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  • his own relationship to God.
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  • And of course, having the mindof Christ means first of all
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  • having Christ himself,having a vibrant relationship
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  • with him that transformsour mind and our life.
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  • "Turning Points."
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  • They will help you know Christand study his Word and we will
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  • here at "Turning Point" today.
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  • announcer: Next time on"Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I wanna go intoheaven filled with joy and
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  • excitement and the thrill ofeverything that God has allowed
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  • me to do in my walk with him.
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  • I don't wanna just sneak intoheaven through the side door.
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  • I wanna go in throughthe front door
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  • with my hands up high, saying,"Thank you, Lord,
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  • for all that you've done."
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  • announcer: Join us next timefor Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "The Priorityof a Diligent Mind,"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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