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					                                         The Mind of Jesus Christ

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no
reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being
found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the
cross. (Phil 2:5-8)

In our first message, the Most High God, we focused on the revelations of God’s character revealed in
His “Name” which was proclaimed to Moses in Exodus 34 verses 6 and 7. In that message we focused on
what the Lord reveals about Himself being the “The Lord, the Lord God” which is Jehovah, Jehovah
STRENGTH. In this message, the mind of Christ, we will focus on the next character attributes revealed in
“The Name of the Lord”, which is - “Merciful and Gracious”. The Hebrew word translated “Gracious”
means a Superior “stooping” down to minister to an inferior… Jesus is here showing us, after He caused
us to clearly understand that He is the Most High God, He now gives us rest by revealing Himself, that
He is humble: meek and lowly in heart…

Jesus humbled Himself. His humility is the glory of the invisible God. The majesty of Heaven allowed
Himself to be humiliated so that we could see and choose His love which is so deep we simply cannot
fully comprehend it…it is truly amazing that HE would do all of this for us, because He loves us SO
much…

“How man can be a counterpart of Jesus Christ is beyond human comprehension.” That Jesus would pay
such an expensive price to share with us the love and companionship that He and the Father shared
since times eternal truly incomprehensible. But w e can know and believe that He loves us, that He
wants us, that from heaven He came and sought us to be His only bride and representatives of His
kingdom: the counterpart of God.

Let us read the text again, The sServant of the Lord preferred this translation from the revised version,
as quoted in Desire of Ages chapter 1, God with Us:

“But Christ, "being in the form of God, counted it not a thing to be grasped to be on an equality with
God, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men." Phil. 2:6, 7,
R. V., margin. {DA 22.3}

“Paul was deeply anxious that the humiliation of Christ should be seen and realized. He was convinced
that if men could be led to consider the amazing sacrifice made by the Majesty of heaven, selfishness
would be banished from their hearts. The apostle lingers over point after point, that we may in some
measure comprehend the wonderful condescension of the Saviour in behalf of sinners. He directs the
mind first to the position which Christ occupied in heaven in the bosom of His Father; he reveals Him
afterward as laying aside His glory, voluntarily subjecting Himself to the humbling conditions of man's
life, assuming the responsibilities of a servant, and becoming obedient unto death, and that the most
ignominious and revolting, the most agonizing--the death of the cross. Can we contemplate this
wonderful manifestation of the love of God without gratitude and love, and a deep sense of the fact that
we are not our own?”

Paul was convinced that if we could see the amazing sacrifice Jesus made, selfishness would be banished
from our hearts… shall we not linger here as well, that we may draw nigh to God with the promise that
He will draw nigh to us?

It was chiefly Jesus’ humility which is so bright and glorious. So let us look at His voluntary humility and
then, His ultimate humiliation.

Jesus’ humility is seen in that He emptied Himself; but what did He empty Himself of?

Remember in heaven He had a form, the scriptures said He was in the form of God.

God is known by the properties which are inherent in His form: His omnipotence, His omniscience, and
His omnipresence. This is brought out clearly when God answers Job out of the whirlwind as Job is
maintaining his righteousness against his accusing friends:

“Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him? Deck thyself now [with]
majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.” (Job 40:10) here God declares His
omnipotence (omnipotent POWER).

“Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?” or “Who
can number the clouds in wisdom?” (Job 38:33,37) here God declares His omniscience.

“Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding” and
“Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?” (Job
38:4,16) here God declares His omnipresence.

By these great powers God is known, for only God can demonstrate such wonders…It is this wonderful
power of the God that Jesus emptied Himself of; listen here to the servant of the Lord:

Jesus “was God while upon earth, but He divested Himself of the form of God, and in its stead took the
form and fashion of a man. He walked the earth as a man. For our sakes He became poor, that we
through His poverty might be made rich. He laid aside His glory and His majesty. He was God, but the
glories of the form of God He for a while relinquished” {RH, July 5, 1887 par. 4}

So here we clearly see that what He emptied Himself of is the form of God, that great power which was
His by right He gave up, so that He be our example in all things.

But when He came to earth in our flesh, and He was God on earth – God with us…

John recognized this when he said, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld
his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

He didn’t recognize that Jesus was God because of His mighty power, but the apostles beheld His glory,
that He was full of grace and truth.
Moses experienced this first hand. As he was entering into deepe r levels of this loving relationship with
his Master and God told him that I know you by name; Moses said wanted to see God’s form and he
asked Jesus to show him His glory (Ex.33:18). God replied “Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no
man see me, and live. “ (Ex 33: 20) But God did tell Moses that, “I will make all my goodness pass before
thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee” and “it shall come to pass, while my glory
passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by”…

So God came near to Moses and proclaimed the Name of the Lord, He said “The LORD, The LORD God,
merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands,
forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear [the guilty]; visiting the
iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the
fourth *generation+”

Here God makes it known that while Moses couldn’t see His form, He still showed His glory to Moses in
that He made known His character, His personality to Moses.

 This is what Jesus retained in the human flesh from birth; God’s perfect character: The Mind of Christ.

 See, “the glories of the form of God He for a while relinquished” , He did this voluntarily, “by His own
free will. This was humility.

Here is a treasured quote from the testimony of Jesus:

“From the root of true humility springs the most precious greatness of mind--greatness which leads men
to conform to the image of Christ. Those who possess this greatness gain patience and trust in God.
Their faith is invincible. Their true consecration and devotion keep self hidden.”

Humility: Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.

He emptied His great power, glory and majesty. In His human form, the form of a servant, He worked
out a perfect character under the most pressing trails and temptations. And this He offers to us, HIS
PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS: The mind of Christ.

How far would Christ go in demonstrating the depths of His great humility, which is the mind of the
everlasting Godhead? He emptied Himself and became a man, taking upon Him the form of a servant…

The REJECTION of Jesus…

John 9:24 “Give God the praise: we KNOW this man is a sinner…”

John 9:29 “We KNOW God spake to Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence He is…”

Did Jesus know that He would be thus treated?

Phil 2:3 “in lowliness of mind esteem other better than ourselves”

Jer. 9:1-9
Heb. 12:3 “For consider Him that endured such a contradiction of sinners against Himself”

The mind of Christ: to accept this HUMILIATION and REJECTION for oursakes…

John 15:17-25; John 16:1-4

Samuel: Rejected

Moses: got them up new leaders to lead them back to Egypt

Paul: his brethren said “away with such a fellow from the earth, for it is not fit for him to live…”

The Loving John: 3John 1:8-11 (prating against him with malicious words)

Jesus: Rejected Mark 8:31, Luke 17:24,25

1888: the rejection of the testimony of Jesus

But still before Him was His humiliation:

“He humbled Himself to man's nature. He did this that the Scripture might be fulfilled; and the plan was
entered into by the Son of God, knowing all the steps in His humiliation, that He must descend to make
an expiation for the sins of a condemned, groaning world. What humility was this! It amazed angels. The
tongue can never describe it; the imagination cannot take it in. The eternal Word consented to be made
flesh! God became man! It was a wonderful humility.

“But He stepped still lower; the man must humble Himself as a man to bear insult, reproach, shameful
accusations, and abuse. There seemed to be no safe place for Him in His own territory. He had to flee
from place to place for His life. He was betrayed by one of His disciples; He was denied by one of His
most zealous followers. He was mocked. He was crowned with a crown of thorns. He was scourged. He
was forced to bear the burden of the cross. He was not insensible to this contempt and ignominy. He
submitted, but, oh! He felt the bitterness as no other being could feel it. He was pure, holy, and
undefiled, yet arraigned as a criminal! The adorable Redeemer stepped down from the highest
exaltation.

Step by step He humbled Himself to die--but what a death! It was the most shameful, the most cruel the
death upon the cross as a malefactor. He did not die as a hero in the eyes of the world, loaded with
honors, as men in battle. He died as a condemned criminal, suspended between the heavens and the
earth--died a lingering death of shame, exposed to the tauntings and revilings of a debased, crime -
loaded, profligate multitude! "All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake
the head." Ps. 22:7. He was numbered with the transgressors, He expire d amid derision, and His
kinsmen according to the flesh disowned Him. His mother beheld His humiliation, and He was forced to
see the sword pierce her heart. He endured the cross, despised the shame. He made it of small account
in consideration of the results that He was working out in behalf of, not only the inhabitants of this
speck of a world, but the whole universe, every world which God had created.
“Christ was to die as man's substitute. Man was a criminal under the sentence of death for transgression
of the law of God, as a traitor, a rebel; hence a substitute for man must die as a malefactor, because He
stood in the place of the traitors, with all their treasured sins upon His divine soul. It was not enough that
Jesus should die in order to fully meet the demands of the broken law, but He died a shameful death.
The prophet gives to the world His words, "I hid not my face from shame and spitting. {5BC 1127.4}

   In consideration of this, can men have one particle of exaltation? As they trace down the life and
sufferings and humiliation of Christ, can they lift their proud heads as if they were to bear no trials, no
shame, no humiliation? I say to the followers of Christ, Look to Calvary, and blush for shame at your self-
important ideas. All this humiliation of the Majesty of heaven was for guilty, condemned man. He went
lower and lower in His humiliation, until there were no lower depths that He could reach, in order to lift
man up from his moral defilement. All this was for you who are striving for the supremacy--striving for
human praise, for human exaltation; you who are afraid you will not receive all that deference, that
respect from human minds, that you think is your due. Is this Christlike?”

“"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." He died to make an atonement, and to
become a pattern for every one who would be His disciple. Shall selfishness come into your
hearts?...”Shall pride be harbored after you have seen Deity humbling Himself, and then as man
debasing Himself, till there was no lower point to which He could descend? "Be astonished, O ye
heavens," and be amazed, ye inhabitants of the earth, that such returns should be made to our Lord!
What contempt! what wickedness! what formality! what pride! what efforts made to lift up man and
glorify self, when the Lord of glory humbled Himself, agonized, and died the shameful death upon the
cross in our behalf (RH Sept. 4, 1900)

This is what His humility led Him to do. And we shall do the same. When we shall be filled with His Spirit,
When we be emptied of ourselves and make room to receive His Perfect RIGHTEOUSNESS, we shall not
count our lives dear to us, but we shall yield them up wholly to the Lord’s service – and this will only be
done in our lives by the exercise of our own free will – This is humility…

“"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."

				
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