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The Mind Which Was in Christ.

The Mind Which Was in Christ.

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Phil. ii. 5.
** Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."

Phil. ii. 5.
** Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."

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THE MID WHICH WAS I CHRIST.BY JOH RIVIGTOPhil. ii. 5.** Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."Thbre is one week in every year, and there is one day in everyweek throughout the year, wherein we are called upon by theChurch to hold in especial memory and meditation the sufferingsof our Blessed Saviour. And we may reasonably inquire, whatis the great end, the great benefit we are to look to in so doing.If we ask many Christians of the present day, they will fullyallow that there is nothing so good, so infinitely beneficial to usall, as to dwel^and meditate on the sufferings of Jesus Christ;and they will tell us that this is in order that we may come to afull conviction and persuasion that we have an interest in thosesufferings.But if we ask the Bible and Prayer Book, they will tell usnothing of this kind ; they assure us that whoever is baptized hasan interest in those sufferings, and that we ought to think of them very often and continually, in order that we may be con-formable unto His death. In Passion Week, when our Lord'ssufferings are made the subject of all the services throughout thewhole, the Collect for the week — which is usually a key to therest of the services — reminds us that one design of Christ'sdeath was, " that all mankind should follow the example of HisVOL. X. ^ K "108 THE MID WHICH WAS I CHRIST.great humility ;" and teaphes us to pray " that we may followthe example of His patience." And then the Epistle for theSanday begins with the words of the text, "Let this mind be inyou, which was also in Christ Jksus." ow, throughout all
that is read in .the Gospels of the different accounts of ourBlessed S/lyiour's death and sufferings, there are a great manyincidents from which each person for himself may learn "themind which was in Christ Jesus ;" and if he, in ever so humblea way, endeavours himself to follow that example, then he maybe assured that he is doing a service which will be very highlyacceptable to God. By imitating Christ he does in a way drawnearer unto Him ; and by so doing, by drawing near unto Him,he will be made partaker of those blessing^ which were ever dis-pensed by His gracious Presence wherever He appeared, accord-ing to the need of each; he will most assuredly derive all thatstrength, support, and comfort, which those who approach Himcannot fail of attaining. Following the example of Jesus Christ,and endeavouring to obtain something of that mind which wasin Him, these are points which the devil cannot counterfeit.Wherever, therefore, there is this sincere endeavour, we may besure it is from God ; and so far as we have the fruits of thisspirit in our lives, so far we may trust we are true Christians.But every thing else, such as mere good thoughts, and profes-sions, and confidences, and being much affected by Jesus Christ'slove and sufferings, all these may be delusions of Satan. I willtherefore mention a few things which may serve to show us themind which was in Christ Jesus our Lord ; and if we have anythiog of the same in ourselves, we may have the ine^qpressiblecomfort that the image of Jesus Christ is being formed in us.But if we have not, nor are endeavouring to obtain it, then what«ever our confidences may be, we are none of His, He knows usnot : God sees not on us the mark of His children.ow, we are quite certain that our Blessed Lord must haveknown the full worth of all things, that nothing whatever is worthyof any serious regard but what H^ thought so ; deceive ourselvesas we may, this we can never deny, that nothing can ever betruly valuable to us excepting what Hb thought so. This is ascertain as that there is a sun in the sky.Then consider, that with regard to all the goods of this world.
THE MID WHICH WAS I CHRIST. 109the comforts that money can afford, or worldly power and a goodname, He was utterly regardless of them, and chose to he withoutthem ; teaching us therehy that we should he willing to he so.We are perhaps very willing to he without wealth or honour ;we are not desirous to he lifted much ahove our present station ;for we know that such a change would not add to our happiness ;hut for all this we may not he at all nearer the mind that was inChrist Jesus. For worldly prudence of itself would teach usthis ; and heathen writers are full of such sentiments. But thepoint for us to consider as Christians is, are not our minds, not-withstanding, taken up with things temporal, as if they were of great consequence ? do not our cares and our joys depend verymuch on these things ? fretted at losses, elated at some advan-tages, discontented hecause we have not something which ourneighhour has, quarrelling and disputing, as if these trifles were of more importance than one step on our way to Heaven or tohell?And yet if we were to lose every thing we possess, we shouldnot he worse otif, with regard to external things, than our BlessedLord chose to he ; for we know that He was not only more desti-tute than other men, hut even than His own animal creation.For " the foxes have holes, and the hirds of the air have nests ;hut the Son of Man hath not where to lay His head."Others, again, are discontented hecause they have not thosedomestic hlessings which some of their neighbours enjoy, such asrelations, wife, and children, and the like. Yet Jesus Christchose to be without all these ; hy which He would doubtless showus, that there is nothing of any importance, nothing worth caringabout, in all these things. either are we the better if we havethem, neither are we the worse if we have them not. If we havesuch comforts, we are to be thankful for them ; if we have themnot, we are quite as much to be thankful that we have them not ;for we may be quite certain, in either case, that we have what isbest, when we have what God gives.

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