7778 - Think On Jesus
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We continue in our study of the book of Hebrews. At the end of chapter 2 is a full explanation of how Jesus went through suffering as a human being in order to qualify to sacrifice his body for sin on the cross. By completing this mission he became the faithful high priest in service to God in behalf of sinful humanity. The sacrifice of the body of Jesus on the cross was the only means to reconcile holy God with sin stained people. The death and resurrection of Jesus brought hope, and a single means by which a sinner could be reconciled with holy, pure God.
Now any individual who in faith relies upon the works and person of Jesus Christ, is born again. Trinity God enters their human spirit and takes up Lordship residence. This means they have new life — eternal spiritual life. And because of the resurrection of Jesus they have confidence of glorification in heaven with God and all his family.
In chapter 3, verse 1 of Hebrews, we find one provision which is made for every believer to be growing in preparation for future glorification.
Listen as I read:
Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.
Notice that every holy brother, that includes every human being who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ, is exhorted to fix their thoughts on Jesus.
This is not the only scripture, which gives us this admonition. Let’s examine some of the many scriptures which tell believers that our mental attitude and focus affects the quality of our Christian life.
This entire matter proceeds from the truth found in Proverbs 23:7 which tells us: “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” In computer language: if we put garbage in, then garbage comes out. Scripture authenticates this principle, and emphasizes that each individual be committed to, “fix our thoughts on Jesus.”
This mindset is not natural; it is not the mental focus that unbelievers would have; so when a person becomes a believer, the Lord begins to clean house and remodel the processes which manage and control the life of a child of God. Our minds are the control center of life; therefore, it is essential that the power of God is the energy source, and the truth of God — his Word — is the roadmap, which guides us through life.
The William’s translation focuses the meaning of Colossians 3:2 this way: “Practice occupying your mind with things above, not the things on earth.” Let us remember that the world is the domain of the devil, and this evil one controls the world system. If we think about things in and of the world system, such as power, beauty, popularity, prestige, sex and things of the flesh, pride and those things, then we are yielding to the temptations of the devil. We are setting ourselves up for sinful actions. This is the reason we are admonished to practice occupying our minds with heavenly things.
Philippians 4:8 gives us a list of good things we may think about. The verse says: “...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” Every one of those qualities are found in Jesus. So this list helps us to get a sharp focus when things get bleary or blurred.
Some people find that memorizing scripture enhances this process of mind control. Never has concentration on a verse of Scripture led a person into sin. It is the kind of action, which leads away from danger when temptation comes.
Isaiah 26:3 also is a guard for the mind. Speaking of the Lord it says: “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
Thinking about the person of Jesus and his kingdom, and our responsibility to walk in the Spirit, will bring us to a more obedient and fulfilled life.