Abide In Me – Part 3

Be Like Christ

The apostle Paul outlined the integrity and strength believers should live by—the character of Christ:

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me [Paul] truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. (Philippians 2:1-5 NLT).

Christ-followers must think like Jesus and bear a resemblance of who he is. This may seem impossible unless you fully accept what Paul says here . . . for we have the mind of Christ (1Corinthians 2:16b NLT). In this manner, we will actually see the Father’s love when we take on this attitude, the mind of Christ.

Have This

In this letter, Paul encourages believers and builds them up. He strongly promotes unity in the love of Christ and tells how to do it:

  • Love one another as Jesus does and he (Paul) taught them
  • Be of the same mind and spirit
  • Have one purpose – seek God’s best

Do This

Then Paul exhorts believers concerning things we too often miss or dismiss as “oh that’s not me.” He says we must do the hard stuff in order to . . . have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had (Philippians 2:1-5 NLT).

  • Be humble – don’t let pride enter your daily life
  • Be selfless – not selfish which too often is our thought process
  • Be one who takes an interest in others – seek what others want too

In this manner, we will actually see the Father’s love when we take on the attitude, the mind of Christ.

Prayer: Father, I love that you show me what you desire. Keep me immersed in the light of your Word for true Life.

God Links with Our Spirit

The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along (1 Corinthians 2:10 The Message).

The Message: Isaiah 64:4; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
In Your Bible: Isaiah 64:4; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16

In Paul’s letters to the first century churches, his purpose was to “keep it simple,” even though today we may not read them that way. Paul adamantly wanted believers to learn and grow in Christ.

A New Creation With a Purpose

When the believer receives Christ, he is a new creation of God! He has the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Holy Spirit living in him. (See Romans 8:9-11) This is powerful!

When we are alive in Christ, we gain God’s wisdom! These three Spirits communicate with the believers’ spirit to know God better and learn of Him.

“No one has ever seen or heard anything like this,
Never as much imagined anything quite like it—
What God has arranged for those who love Him.”
(Isaiah 64:4 The Message)

The Spirit is the Key

But you’ve seen and heard it because God by His Spirit has brought it all out into the open for you. The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along (1 Corinthians 2:9,10 The Message).

God in communion with the believer’s spirit propels believers into what He intends. Note how the two versions below answer Isaiah’s question, stated above:

  1. “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him? But we [believers] have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16 NIV)
  2. The Message says it this way to Isaiah’s question: Christ knows and we have Christ’s Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:16 The Message).

There you have it: believers in Christ can seek and know what God has in mind via the Spirit.

Prayer: Father, help me comprehend this great mystery. Through the Spirit You connect us. That’s what You want. Continue to teach me how to follow your thoughts and plans.

Question: Do you too wonder at our gracious God seeking to communicate directly with us? How does this fit with your understanding of God’s interest in you?