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The Mind of Christ

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“Do all that you have in mind.  Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul,” said Jonathan’s armour-bearer to Jonathan as Jonathan left Israel’s army and ventured forth alone to attack the Philistine army.  And so Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armour-bearer right behind him.  The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armour-bearer followed and killed behind him. When Jonathan revealed to his armour-bearer just what he meant when he said, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows.  Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf.  Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few,”the armour-bearer did not change his mind or heart, but did what Jonathan did.  He joined in with what Jonathan had in mind, but what the armour-bearer himself might have had in mind was never made known.  If Jonathan had an armour-bearer who could say that to him and did it as well, then, elect, do you not think that our Lord and King, Jesus Christ, deserves much more?

Unfortunately for Jesus, not one of His disciples ever said to Him, “Do all that you have in mind.  Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.” Although many times they let Jesus know what they had in mind, from the infamous sortie (adventure) to Capernaum that evening after the feeding of the 5,000 to asking Jesus, “Lord, are You at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” when He had spent His post-resurrection days speaking to them about the Kingdom of God… it is obvious from Jesus’ final instructions what He had in mind for the disciples to do when He told them that first evening, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe:  In My Name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well,” but first they were to “…stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high” by the Holy Spirit whose work He had told them about that final evening before His arrest.

The good news of His work, the work the Father had sent Him to finish, was to be announced and confirmed with signs, wonders and miracles of healing and deliverance at the very minimum through the power of the Holy Spirit.  And when the people of the different nations from Jerusalem to the ends of the Earth accepted the good news, they were to then “…make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

So then what did Jesus have in mind for His believers and disciples to do?  To preach the good news and have it confirmed with signs following through the power of the Holy Spirit… true.  However, how was this news to be preached?  Through persons who have been educated and trained in the Christian religion or by one and ones who are witnesses to the truth and not the theory of this new life?  The answer is in the words of the Lord:  “…and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth.” Witnesses not just of the miracles and messages, but rather, “…My witnesses…” that is, people who can introduce others to Jesus by testimony and not by sermons, theologies and doctrines.  Men and women who can introduce Jesus and His words and show the proof of the truth of the Man and His words by not only what has happened to their lives, but also by a clear and present demonstration of the power that accompanies His word.  It is not just their testimony that they were once blind and can now see; or they were once lame and can now walk; or they were once deaf, mute, leprous, demon-possessed, but are now healed; or that they were once poor but now are rich; no… but that they could then demonstrate this reality to the blind, the sick, the demon-possessed, and the poor and oppressed in their audiences as they laid their hands on them and drove out demons, multiplied the food, changed water to good wine, raised their dead and so on.

This is what Jesus had in mind when He commanded us to “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” a baptism, an immersion, of the nations into the Name of God by flooding them, like water floods a person in water baptism, with miracles upon miracles until all the blind can see, all their lame can walk, all the sick are healed.  For what else is in the Name of the Father, the Name of the Son and the Name of the Holy Spirit but all the power and authority of the Kingdom of God to do what God has in mind to do?  And what did God tell Jesus to say and do?  Was it not the revelation of the salvation of God and the Personage of the Father confirmed by miracles too numerous to record?  Did you think for one moment Jesus only did seven miracles in the gospel of John?  Or have you missed reading this: Now while He was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs He was doing and believed in His Name? And when He entered the temple at the third Passover, did He only overturn the tables of the moneychangers and taught in its courts?  Or have you not read: The blind and the lame came to Him at the temple, and He healed them? In His two years of ministry amongst the Galileans from the first Passover to the third, He literally baptised them, not with water as John was doing, but with miracles as He healed all the sick whom the crowds, yes, crowds were bringing to Him wherever He went.

The disciples learnt what baptism meant from John the Baptist as they watched men and women emerge from the water covered in the water, soaked in the water, hair, clothes and all.  Baptism is not sprinkling, no, John defined baptism with his ministry.  So when John said Jesus would baptise with the Holy Spirit and fire, it meant the disciples would be soaked, dripping all over, covered with, inundated with the Holy Spirit and fire.  Just like those who were baptised by John had not a shred of hair or skin or clothing on them that was left dry… so neither would the disciples of Jesus have any part of themselves not touched by the Holy Spirit and fire.

And as Jesus went around the countryside, He began to demonstrate to the disciples what was meant by baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire as the people of Galilee became soaked and inundated with miracle after miracle after miracle after miracle.  In truth, there was not a family left in Galilee after His two years who had not received a miracle or lived next door to a family who had become a victim of the miracles of Jesus.  9,000 families had experienced the multiplication of food alone!  Men who were demon-possessed were everywhere telling everyone what had happened to them.  Royal officials like Jairus were telling everyone what happened to their daughters.  Blind men were showing off their newfound sight.  The impromptu meetings that Jesus held were characterised by massive crowds where all the sick were healed.  Galilee was baptised by Jesus with what was in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – the Kingdom of God, the kingdom not of just eating, drinking and talking, but of power, joy, peace and righteousness.

Indeed, there was plenty of drinking, eating and talking as water was turned to good wine, food was multiplied and people everywhere spoke of what had happened to them and what they had seen with joy.  Imagine, elect, your joy if you were blind and can now see, if you were leprous but now your skin is clear, if your son or daughter was dead but now is alive, and so on and so on.  And peace and righteousness abounded as sinners repented, not just sinners who were law abiding citizens, but thieves, murderers and criminals also.

See, elect, what is revealed when you learn to listen and watch as the Father commanded to “Listen…” and Jesus said, “Watch!” You do not have to hold a theological summit to ascertain what Jesus meant when He said, “…baptising them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” for He has already shown you Himself and because He said, “…anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing.”

We were meant to baptise the nations as He baptised Galilee with the miracles, signs and wonders of the Kingdom of God until the nations are soaked, literally soaked and inundated with the message of the kingdom confirmed with such an abundance of miracles that they would look like a person coming out of the waters… dripping from everywhere with water.  The nations were meant to be dripping from every town and city, every street, with the message and the miracles of the Kingdom of God.

So now that you know, elect, then be baptised in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit until you yourself are dripping, soaked through with the message of the kingdom and its power so that you can go and do to others what has been done to you.  That is what Jesus had in mind when He said baptise the nations in the Name.

Never mind what has been done.  Never mind what you see before you.  Now concentrate on what Jesus has in mind.

The temple of Solomon with its dressed stones, gold covered doors and gold shields as well as all the bronze utensils may have looked impressive standing there at 27 meters by 9 meters by 13.5 meters high… but is that what David had in mind when he set aside 3,750 tons of gold, 37,500 tons of silver, and bronze and iron beyond measure?  You may have a fine church with a great cathedral, a long history of traditions and sound doctrines, and a large congregation, but is that what Jesus had in mind?

Consider then soberly and let the blind open your eyes so you can truly see, the deaf open your ears so you can hear, the mute speak so you can hear the truth, and the lepers show you what is true cleanliness.  Let the sinners show you what repentance is and the poor show you what is true prosperity, then perhaps you too might see what Jesus Christ has in mind for His church.  For there is none so blind as those who say they can see; none so deaf as those who say they can hear; none so dumb as those who speak words without knowledge; none so poor as those who say they have wealth and have no needs; and none so clean as to be confident of their self-righteousness.  Clasp your hand over your mouth and watch in silence for God is about to reveal what is in the mind of Christ for His church.  And then go and do what Christ has in mind until He arrives.


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