In the Mind of Christ

Being in the mind of Christ is not a difficult task nor something that cannot be achieved by one who has chosen to follow Him. Jesus has made it clear that in order to be His Follower there are certain things that must first happen. One must be born-again by faith in Him alone, follow His prescribed teachings will happen when the faith walk begins, taking up a personal cross in the process that includes absolute obedience to His commands, and among others, placing personal desires, friends and family somewhere behind Him. He MUST BE the Chief Priest of the Believers life. With this the Believer is ‘in the Mind of Christ. Difficult? Only if one is attempting to do so alone.

“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So you’ll recognize them by their fruit. Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged. For with the judgment you use, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in your eye? Hypocrite! First, take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Don’t give what is holy to dogs or toss your pearls before pigs, or they will trample them with their feet, turn, and tear you to pieces.” Matthew 7:1-6, HCSB.


Following the logic of our Lord we must concur that when one is humble before after washing the sin from the body by God’s grace and forgiveness the ability to judge with Godly propriety is then possible. A Follower of the Christ is now able to make judgments concerning people who are walking the narrow path of Christ-likeness. This means that people who are crucified with Christ, filled with the Spirit, and are making decisions in the mind of Christ are able to make spiritual judgments about others because just as Paul suggests, “I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.


“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it. Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So you’ll recognize them by their fruit. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!’” Matthew 7:13-23.


Now comes the most obvious of statements that Jesus has to say. A person who is, indeed, following Christ will have built a house upon the solid rock of God’s Word and cleansed by the precious blood that flows from the Cross. Upon His resurrection, we are now able to visually and spiritually understand the collapse of a person’s life who is not Following Christ. The judgment as to whether or not a person is born-again is truly simple to make by those whose lives are being cleansed by the blood of Jesus.
It must be understood here that eternal judgments have already been made by God for He has already determined that anyone who does not believe in the Name of Christ is condemned. The task of the Believer is to help those who are condemned to become redeemed “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! Together with Christ Jesus He also raised us up and seated us in the heavens, so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace through His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works so that no one can boast. For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:4-10.


God says it much better than I could have. Jesus is Lord.

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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