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How to Have the Mind of Christ

Douglas Na'a

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  • January 27, 2012
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everyone is good to be with you here this weekend that have been ho-hum so excited to be with you here this week and I hope that you are too happy Sabbath good to be here once again as all was mentioned earlier on this weekend the project and give you all some ideas to stuff a four projection about what to expect this weekend this week and I'm one of me talking about the Century series this entry service I should say and of course the century doctrine is also profound so complex and a few days won't be suffice enough to actually go through every intricate detail of the century and would you agree with that there is so much you could learn from the century Mississauga just can't not narrowed it down where I'll be talking about the century service in particular five types of offerings honey that I say fine particular types of offerings that I will begin talking about this weekend and that will be on the burnt offering on the trespass offering the sin offering the meat offering and the grain offering and off tomorrow is divine worship among a big talking about Iran's investiture and walked at what that really means out one thing that I have found in my studies all the services no calls we can approach the century from the different types of furniture and what it means about you just dwell on those five those five types of offerings that will begin this evening by precluding so you hopefully something practical I believe as I study the century and you what would probably agree with me that that God wants us to reflect this character a man that that's God 's ultimate desire awful his people those who keep the moments of God and have the testimony of Jesus that they will opt perfectly reflect his character to be over one mine one of them and so I want a prelude of this weekend 's series by phone about the mind of Christ so before we begin let's spell his for a word of prayer great and eternal father in heaven we are sweet Holy Spirit Mulroney tonight but for the remainder of this weekend uplift our hearts out for tonight minds to you this is a humble prayer in Jesus name we pray amen you know as much as I do that there was a battle going on is in their battle to great controversy a battle between truth and error a battle between good and evil one of the unique things about this battle is that you won't hear about this warfare on CNN that once hard about this kind of warfare this is not a warfare over ideologies all those little water over oil land this is a very unique kind of warfare is not warfare that's for over the Middle East somewhere but this battle the warfare is a battleground mind the battle of a controversy is about just between truth and error but more than that it's the battle over online who we would give out allegiance to the pen of inspiration makes it very clear difference that out of our minds come out actions out actions laying the foundation of all habits when you repetitively do something it becomes a habit then she furthermore goes on to say that I'll have it laid the foundation of our character and our character determines our destiny but it all begins in the mind you see the battle of great controversy as the battle over who we give our legions to Satan is not so much concerned about character Satan is not really concerned about how action what Satan wants first and foremost is online because once he has online he has a characters is not concerned about our destiny is concerned about how mine because once he has our mind he has out yesterday so the battle of a controversy is about although mine and an end and we need to be very careful what we what we feed our minds and with that in mind I believe that's what it is so imperative that Paul's message implement instructed to space left this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus there is a great controversy motif found right there in Philippians chapter two verse five somehow Paul Musto knew about the battle the great controversies being about although mine because once you have the mind of Christ you will have the character of Christ once you have the mind of Christ you will have the actions of price and finally once you have the mind of Christ he will ultimately have the destiny of Christ Novak lived in the same in bus from that perspective on the beltway controversy and has went to talk later on this week in the century message pointing us to have the mind of Christ the question I like to submit your attention this evening is how do we have the mind of Christ how does one have this mind the mind that was also found in Jesus if you have your Bibles with you with me to the book of Philippians Philippians chapter two beginning with verses five to verse eight Philippians chapter two beginning with verses five to verse eight my Marines for this mind be in you which was also in move Christ Jesus who noticed what policies he states a fact he states him he says let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus if we dream that in and of itself is it possible to have the mind of Christ absolutely helpful and sizes let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus then Paul begins to break down in verses six down to verse eight one this in mind really is you don't have to go anywhere outside a book of the book of Philippians chapter two to find out what the mind of crisis Paul mentions in with versus six controversy then he continues to write under inspiration who being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal to God but made himself of lots no reputation notice that let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus he made himself of no reputation and told upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men and being found in fashion as a man he once humbled himself and became opened the aliens unto death even though there are Christ's noticed the mind here for states let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus then Paul begins to break down what that mind is to be on no reputation to be a servant to being humble and soon-to-be open easier now that scripting is a man to be of no reputation to be a servant to be humble he humbled himself he became obedient to the point of death even the death of the cross Nevada was just as I have to often myself what do we call these qualities what do we call these qualities to be overall reputation to be a servant to be humble to be obedient the Bible is clear that these qualities are known as character qualities lead this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus to be of no reputation to be a servant to be humble and to be obedient in other words what Paul was simply stating his thing to have the mind of Christ is to have the character of Christ but we can conclude that right there in Philippians chapter two verses five to eight having the mind of Christ is synonymous with having the character of Christ that's what these qualities Oakland Army Sergeant I love the pen of inspiration about you notice what Jesus concerning this very same fact she says have a the mind of Christ and his followers revealed the left all of his character isn't that interesting the same Holy Spirit that inspired Paul is the same Holy Spirit that inspired the seven alone and even she herself says that you have outlined I is the mechanical Christ exactly what will have broken down in Philippians chapter two verses five to eight having the mind of Christ is following revealed no graces of his character she too makes a person a synonym the minor price in the character of Christ then she says not things sure on this well-made man acceptable to God nothing short of this will campaign the shore holy character that those must have who are admitted to heaven there are two ways we could glean from what Ellen White says in that previous statement first of all we can conclude safely conclude that you have the mind of Christ is not optional but a necessity can we safely conclude about not being sought on this one make a man acceptable to God that's an imperative that's not a suggestion that's a necessity what you say secondly we can safely conclude as we clean what the pen of inspiration says that you have the mind of Christ is to have the character of Christ those are two things we can safely conclude from the latest aptitude versus five three and what the pen of inspiration says it is not optional it is a necessity I pray that each and every one of us here under the saddle my voice this evening will be found having the character of Jesus Christ when he comes in the clouds of glory the next question I had to ask myself and I think it's very important for us to ostracize as we study this vital topic but have Michael Christ how can we all train the mind and the character of Christ is not a fair question how can we obtain the mind of the character of Christ notice we really don't have to go far outside the book of Philippians we can stay within the context of Philippians chapter two and Paul just lays it out right there in verses twelve to thirteen as we continue to read clippings have the diversified and its context the Bible says when all my beloved as he had always obeyed not as in my presence only but now much more in my absence this is the flipping suit work out your own salvation is having the minor pricey salvation religion absolutely work out your own salvation with fear and trembling knowing that the postmodern right here simply stating that you have the mind of Christ one must work out their own salvation with fear and trimming in other words there is up hot that we must play before going to obtain the mind of Christ amen but he just doesn't end there he continues to read we commit to me to say for AAs on which work in any of all those on to say not so much as a pocket you must wait there is also a part that God must weigh the limits they summoned up in an inspiration the human if it was divine power equal success children have the mind of Christ there were two vital components there was the work that you must play and there was a work that God must play both of components of why don't you obtain the mind of Christ for if we just think if we just concluded that everything is dependent on human victims a little bit legalistic and Pharisee inquisitor if we consecutively conclude that everything depends on God and that's dangerous to resonant but there was a woman men must play and there was a role that God must bring human Atlas by Bell the more notice walks are some obstacles in reaching all hindering us from receiving the mind of Christ what are some things that hinder us kind regards people from receiving the mind of Christ noticed what she says here that Ellen White comments on Philippians chapter two she says icon version and transformation man ought to receive the mind of Christ it is only when one is converted and transformed that they could receive the mind of Christ the house the pen of inspiration cells us that the number one hindrance that barricades us from receiving the mind of Christ is on conversion that be safe to conclude she says it right there it is only by conversion and transformation that one can receive the mind of Christ therefore what hinders God 's people from receiving the mind of Christ is being unconverted and being transformed furthermore she continues to reach it continues to say my company personnel are going to a sequence of lipids to for us to imitate the example of any man even one with whom we might regard as the perfect character would be to put our trust in a defective human being two points two points that demonstrates its house that hinder us from receiving the mind of Christ not number one is being unconverted only by conversion and transformation can one receive the mind of Christ one can be a Nicodemus have all the externals of what it means to be an Adventist but unless there is a genuine conversion in their mind and their hot one cannot receive at my citizen being unconverted his human rights number one number two not focusing on Jesus did you catch that Jesus for us to imitate the example of anyway and one who we might regard as merely private conduct that would be to put our trust in a defective human being such of the things that hinder God 's people one on conversion and number two not focusing on Jesus I pray that each and every one of us will keep our hearts and our minds riveted on the cross what you say as Seventh-day Adventist Christians I pray that our hearts and him I will be Remington in the most holy place in the heavenly century because that's where Jesus is at right now even as we speak on conversion and not focusing on Jesus the Lamb of God we all know this we'll know this what determines our character remember having the mind of Christ is having the terrible price if both thoughts are on the feelings will be wrong and both thoughts and feelings combined make up the watch the moral character him a place as one sixty four what is Christ Brandon characters Matthew chapter five verse forty eight be unveiled for perfect even as your father in heaven is perfect I believe that this is Christ's standard as I study the Bible and the spirit of prophecy when it comes to character Christ admonishes us to be perfect one of my greatest quotes from the pen of inspiration that I find confident hope it is when she says I believe it's in the book sons and daughters of God the heartlessly simple man to learn is to learn that God means what he says when that feature the hottest permissible man to learn is to learn that God means what he says my dear friends if God says we can be perfect we can be perfect amen we stopped at a rationalizing and twisting and the intellectualizing of the word of God be ye therefore perfect even as your father in heaven is perfect now I realized I understand that the WordPerfect and perfection is a scary word in Adventism resonant scary when a misuse when amiss on the study will share with you to ship in the next few slides how I have found in the Bible and in the pen of inspiration of the three forms of perfection all times we get it mixed up first of all the Bible and the spread of quality often refers to what is no one has absolute perfection absolute perfection is with is when you cannot make a mistake at all whatsoever absolute perfection absolute perfection is a prerogative that belongs to God that's what makes God God amen that's absolute perfection and when we read Matthew chapter five verse forty eight and this is madness out beautiful perfect even as a father in heaven is run automatically we think of absolute perfection to show deep on the violence were plastic the decimal act see what God is referring to absolute perfection is a prerogative that belongs to that's what makes God who he is then the Bible and the spur posse often refers to as a major perfection what kind of perfection nature perfection of the Bible says that we have a grain over six thousand years of sitting with you like a mama and grape and strawberry fire a great unforgiving nature and greatness of any molecule although makeup is over six thousand years of that we have a sinful nature but just because we have a sinful nature doesn't make us guilty Oakland them because sin is axial joints and the Bible teaches us that this same report in nature that we have inherited from Adam to me will only become perfect that at the second coming of Jesus when corruption shall put on incorruption event so his absolute perfection then there's that that belongs to God then there is a major perfection that only occurs at the second coming of Jesus then is the third and the final perfection which is known as having the perfection or maturity perfection conversion and growth in the life of the believer slightly when Jesus be therefore perfect even as a father in heaven is at absolute perfection because that's a prerogative that Alonso but he's not referring to major prevention but the nature that we have inherited amenities because that will only be perfected at the second coming of Jesus when corruption shall put on a corrupt and what is referring to the prevention character maturity and great step of the life of the believer as long as they live up to according to what they note at that particular stage in God 's eyes that person is perfect notice what Christ's object lesson season page sixty five the germination of the seed represents the beginning of spiritual life and the development of the clouds is a beautiful figure of Christian growth she stormed about his sanctification in the Christian world as a major soul and grace there can be no life without growth would you agree with all crimes must either grow or die as its growth is silent and imperceptible but continuous so is the development of the Christian life then she says at every stage and what stage and every stage of development of our life at every stage of development our life may be perfect that's not absolute perfection that's not a major perfection that's character maturity perfection what you say is impossible to be perfect absolutely at every stage of well life we can be perfect that doesn't sound too scary to me how much do that sounds reassuring to me that sounds comforting to me let this mind this character be in you but not just ordinary character character perfection in every stage of development our life may be perfect yet if God 's purpose forces fulfilled they will be continual advancements one of the things that I love about the Christian walk is the beauty of growth I believe we should appreciate growth more often they meant when I'm feeling more than airing personal and very wealthy believer sometimes I don't look at the standby look at the growth process in my life as long as they are growing that's what matters to me and I'll have reached the standard at that particular point but as long as there was growth the Holy Spirit 's work in the life of a person that's the beauty of growth what he say character perfection why do we need to have a perfect character I've often told to people and they think that what's the big deal what's the big deal of this character perfection issue why can't we just leave it alone this is the big deal desire of ages page six seventy one the Honorable gone the auto of Christ is involved in the perfection of the character of his people the Autoblog is a big deal to me what he say the auto of Christ failure on this point turns people off from God and his church you to follow to life at that stage that you many good turns people off from God and from his church the owner of God the owner of Christ Aviano all these church is connected to the perfection of God 's people what you say how can we obtain character maturity and perfection I believe that there's any one example and that's Jesus Christ then we just established a few minutes ago that we must keep our eyes riveted on Jesus he is our example notice what Hebrews chapter five verses seven to nine cents Hebrews the fifth chapter versus seventy nine degrees who game that pays all his life that Jesus and the days of this branch when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears and with Jesus and this place have to agonize a prayer and communion with God so he was son though he had taken on human flesh he still had to struggle with prayer would you agree touched with the feelings alone for many the Bible says prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death and was heard and that he feared then the Bible reads though he were a song can't learn he walks over the years by the things which he suffered that Jesus have to suffer in his voice absolutely the disaster struggled in his address absolutely and by as a sophomore of wrestling with God in prayer and suffering displays what happened what video tape and being made perfect so he came in for an humor place he still has to struggle and suffer as a man is through the trials of suffering and wrestling with God he became perfect if Jesus could do that you and I could do that to be the same as Jesus what he say something amazing is going to be a struggle but the great hope is that Jesus is our example notice accent apostles page five hundred and thirty one she says it in his humanity we just read that Jesus and his she says there is humanity perfect by a life of constant resistance all people the same young shown that through cooperation with divinity human beings may invest life obtained the shallots perfection of character this is God 's assurance to us that what we do may all obtain partial victory complete victory can examine we've have got a severance that of Jesus in his nature and this was have to struggle that he has made it possible for you and I to go through the exact same thing complete victory then she says you want to go even though this is a this is taken Corinthians how can we'll take out the majority sick and Corinthians chapter six verses sixteen to eighteen hundred chapter seven verse one and one agreements had the temple of God with idols for you are the temple although living God as God has said I will dwell in them and walk in them and I will be their God and they shall be my people isn't that a beautiful promise God has promised us from the establishment of century that it has been his desire from the beginning of time to do out with mankind ever since Satan had incidents of this planet the Bible says that sin had separated us from God bus because we have the same problem God gave us the sanctuary what is a vessel when we talk about later on this week in God gave us the century for it is in the century that God desires to go out with us and thus it has been the design thoughts to dwell with us that's a bit of a promise he promises I would love and him and walk in them and I will be their God and they shall be my people wherefore notice the sequential owner of the book of Corinthians he or he said wherefore come out from among them and be what separates friends you cannot be separate on ways God is dwelling in you notice the order here he says once Bob Wells and you and you become his people then separation from sin as possible there's no way you can be separate from send if God is not wanting anything that the commission that's the promise these separate under the condition that God is loving and you save alone thanks hearts not the unclean thing and I will receive you and will be a father unto you and he shall be my sons and daughters saith the Lord Almighty then we have the promise knows what the Bible says having failed for what these promises having therefore these promises what promises is all referring to hear notice the context is referring to the promises of God wanting a new is referring to the promise that he had the separate so once he has made these promises benefit having therefore these promises bid below it last ocelot commands outsells formal filthiness of the flesh and spirit cleansing from sin is only based on God 's promises one of those promises God dwelling in us let us cleanse ourselves formal filthy missile-defense and spirit perfecting holiness in the fear of God is impossible to be perfect how post is here when we have these promises in our hearts amen once we have those promises the promises of all dwelling in us the promises are being separate from the will then the perfecting of the holiness of God 's character becomes possible I love the word of God how about you is a simple having therefore these promises the promises of God notice what councils to teachers parents and students page four hundred and fifty four it simply reads God teaches them that the perfection of character he requires cannot be obtained only by becoming familiar with his work this mind of Christ can only be obtained by becoming intimately acquainted with God 's word how many of us have become intimately acquainted with the word of God she coasted that chart the perfection can be attained by becoming familiar with the spirit of prophecy pathology sales event chooses becoming familiar with the word of God intimately associated with the word of God I pray that we has caused people will be a people who become intimately acquainted with the word of God how much it I thought this whole weekend is one design my heart one intention that I propose to accomplish is to point to the Jesus people to soon return and to have the mind of us have the word of God limited amount limited in him I Jesus is coming for people who are intimately acquainted with his work what you say the last great delusion this is a great controversy I love this verse Cecil writings of Ellen White the last great delusion is soon to open before us Antichrist is to perform his marvelous works in outside so closely with account of it resemble the truth that it will be impossible to the state between them except to the holy Scriptures not but those with fortified their mind what the word of God will be able to stand in the time of trouble with your fortified line of the word of God you will reflect the character of Jesus and it is only the character of Jesus that will sustain you in the time of trouble that's the only way we will distinguish between truth and error a man so closely with account of it resembled a true that it will be impossible to distinguish between them but only through the holy Scriptures Jesus is coming soon what exact I want to be ready when Jesus comes how about you I want to reflect that cover can't want to have that mine not in the ordinary kind of mind but the mind of Jesus that perfect attainable character that is not visible when Oprah great and everlasting monster in heaven we thank you for the simplicity of the word we thank you for the encouragement of the pin of inspiration we thank you for the beautiful gift that you give into your people Lord it is our desire this evening to have your mind to reflect your character we long to see you come in the clouds of glory bless us and guide us at every stage of our Christian walk that we will be fulfilling every the mind and requested to require of us Titus behind the costs and empower us dismiss us with your Blessing and bring us a figure tomorrow as we continue to heal word in Jesus name we pray that everybody say amen and amen

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