So often people only see the mind of Christ as walking in humility, which is the character of Christ, but it was humility and submission to His Father and His Father’s will that was the mind of Christ. Jesus acted as the Father acted. Jesus operated in all the authority of the Father. In every aspect of His life, Jesus fully represented the perfect will of heaven. So often we, as believers, miss the greatness of the authority and the demonstration that is represented with the Father. Jesus walked in the power of heaven, and that power was the right to confront all of Satan’s kingdom.
In this blog, we will briefly see how Jesus operated. To have the mind of Christ is to have the mind of the Father. Jesus moved in signs, wonders, and miracles. He spoke to the storm, calmed the sea, raised the dead, and cast out devils. All sickness and disease were submitted to Him, and with a word from His mouth, people saw loved ones and servants totally set free.
(1) Humble Mind, Power Name
Philippians 2:5, Paul writes, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” He then goes on to describe the authority of the Name above every name. In vs. 9-11 Paul continues, “Therefore God has highly exalted Him, and given the name above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and those on the earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” The mind of Christ is a submitted mind. But under that submitted mind, came a power name. The name of Jesus can now be used to cast down all the authorities of Hell. It is this powerful name that we now possess as we surrender to the will of the father. As Jesus humbled Himself under the Father, His name became the greatest name of power. As we now have access to the thoughts of Christ, and how He fellowshipped with His Father, we now have access to the walk of faith and authority that He had with His father.
In Matthew 14:23-25, the Bible says, “And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up to the mountain by Himself to pray.” How did Jesus pray? With what attitude of faith and obedience did He communicate with His Father? How did they have sweet fellowship together? The word continues in mid vs 23-25, “He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus came walking to them, walking on the sea.” The mind of Jesus was truly connected to the perfect and all-powerful mind of His Father. Jesus was so filled with the spirit of His Father that natural things became submitted to the mind of heaven. Jesus showed that a submitted mind is a powerful mind.
(2) Mind Of Christ, Mind Of God
1 Cor. 1:10 states, “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.” Vs. 11, “Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” Vs. 16 states, “for who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.”
The mind of Christ is the mind of God. Therefore, through Christ, we have access to the thoughts and ways of God. This allows us to be in fellowship with the same heart and mind of the Father that Jesus possessed and operated by. Paul spoke of the wisdom that they preached. This wisdom was the mind of God, which means that the mind of Christ is the mind of God, so as God thinks, we now have the right to think and act with the same mindset. This is why in Mark 11:22, Jesus said, “Have faith in God.” This can also be translated as, “Have the faith of God.” This was the mind by which Jesus acted, and He is telling us that if we have the same mind of faith as Jesus walked in, we would have the right to expect the same results by speaking what the mind of God says we can speak.
(3) Crucified Life, Power Life
In Matthew 16, Jesus says that He will build His church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it. He then goes on to say that He will give us the keys (authority) of the kingdom so that you can bind, loose, and operate the power of the kingdom. This is the power that he possessed having the mind of His Father. In vs. 24, Jesus says, “If anyone desires to come after me (that is to follow in His footsteps) let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” The two things that we see are that Jesus expects His disciples to walk the same way that He walked. He expects that the authority that He operated in is the same authority that His disciples are to walk in. Jesus operated by the mind of His Father led by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, in order for us to walk as He did, we must have the mind of the Father as Jesus has. In John 14:7-9 Jesus states, “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” All the works that Jesus did all represented the mind and heart of His father. His Father’s mind was His mind. He said that if you have seen Me, then you have seen the Father. But in order for all this to take place, He said that we must deny ourselves (our thinking, our way of life, all that we were in order to become all that He is) and then follow Him.
Believers, to possess the mind of Christ is to possess the thoughts, ways, and means of the Father. Jesus walked in all the power and authority of His Father because He walked in the perfect mind of the Father. He has put the demand on us to walk as He walked. This means that the mind of the Father and the mind of the Son are the same. Now you and I are to possess that mind in all humility and operate as Jesus operated. As He now has all authority, we now have access to all that He has. Believers, let’s walk in a way that truly represents the mind of Christ. One that sees as He sees and moves as He moves. Let’s truly walk in the mind of Christ.