Wade E. Taylor
"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"
"Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily,
I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what
he seeth the Father do: for what things so ever he doeth,
these also doeth the Son likewise ... I can of mine own self
do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because
I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which
hath sent me" John 5:19, 30.
Our experience and testimony should parallel that of our
Lord Jesus Christ. There is a particular quality of spiritual
life and experience that our Lord expects to find resident
and developing within each one of us. However, the Church
of our day is recorded in Scripture as presenting a witness
that indicates it is living in a lesser realm of life and
"Because thou SAYEST, I am rich, and increased with
goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou
art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked"
Rev 3:17. The Lord is telling this end-time Church that they
are still spiritual babies when they should have grown into
spiritual lmaturity. Their lack of spiritual growth is the
result of not embracing the "mind-set" of the Lord
Jesus Christ. Had they done this, their testimony would be
quite different. Therefore, a word of correction is given:
"I counsel thee (each one of us) to buy of me gold tried
in the fire, hat thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that
thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness
do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that
thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:
be zealous therefore, and repent" Rev 3:18-19.
There is a present urgency that we live according to the
ordained pattern("LET this mind be in you") which
was given to govern and guide our spiritual life and growth.
This "pattern" ("Let this mind be ... which
was also in Christ Jesus") was manifestly lived to its
fullest before us by ourLord Jesus Christ."
"For it became Him ... to make the captain of their
salvation perfect (mature) through sufferings" Heb 2:10.
Because of who He is (Deity), Jesus judicially was fully
qualified to become our Saviour. However, He emptied Himself
of this (Phil 2:6-7), and experientially qualified Himself
by overcoming every obstacle that He faced, in order to become
"Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience
by the things which he suffered;
And BEING MADE perfect,
HE BECAME the author of eternal salvation
unto all them that obey him" Heb 5:8-9.
His JUDICIAL position (who He was), and His EXPERIENTIAL
relationship to His Father (what he did) became one through
His obedience in overcoming, as He lived out His commitment
to always do His Father's will, and to please Him in all that
He experienced each day. "I do always those things that
please Him" John 8:29b. Jesus never acted on His own,
apart from the revealed will of His Father.
This resulted in a never-before-seen authority in His ministry.
"And they were astonished at His doctrine: for He taught
them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes"
Mark 1:22. His Word and His Life had become one.
It is the desire of the Father that we experience at least
a "measure" of identification with our Lord. Our
being religious, or knowing facts about Jesus, in itself,
is not enough. Unless we come to a place of identification
with Him in the "fellowship of His sufferings,"
we will not be ready to be identified with Him in the glory
to come. "That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection,
and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable
unto His death" Phil 3:10.
For this to be worked out in our lives we must, in some measure,
come to understand "His mind" or life experience.
"LET THIS MIND BE IN YOU, which was also in Christ Jesus"
Phil 2:5. Only then can we relate to the things He went through,
and find the place of identification with Him that H desires
us to have.
It had been prophesied in Micah 5:2 that the Messiah would
come from Bethlehem. But, Jesus allowed the knowledge of His
birth in Bethlehem to become obscure. Thus, "Jesus of
Bethlehem" became known as "Jesus of Nazareth."
It was commonly said of Him, "Can any good thing come
out of Nazareth? Shall Christ come out of Galilee? Search
and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet" John
1:46; 7:41, 52.
To the natural eye, it could not be known that He was the
Christ. A true knowing His identity could only come by revelation.
The Church leaders, along with the multitudes of that day,
failed to see the Messiah, "Jesus of Bethlehem"
through the garb of "Jesus of Nazareth." The Apostle
Paul, who understood this prayed, "The eyes of your understanding
being enlightened; that ye may know ..." Eph 1:18.
He had purposely allowed a reproach to remain upon Himself,
so that only those who had a "spiritual eye" would
understand who He really was. "He is despised and rejected
of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we
hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised and we
esteemed Him not" Isa 53:3.
"He came unto His own, and His own received Him not"
John 1:11. Jesus did not fit into the "pattern"
of life and ministry that was expected of Him by the religious
leaders of that day. This lack of spiritual understanding
and perception in mankind was heartbreaking to Jesus. He intensely
desired to be known and understood.
It was only after two years of ministry that Jesus dared
to ask His disciples a most crucial question: "Who am
I?" Matt 16:15. He asked this question knowing that His
true identity could not be known by outward observation, but
only by hearing from His Father, who had sent Him. The sorrow,
grief, and rejection, as foretold in Isaiah 53 was intensely
felt by Jesus at this moment, as He awaited their answer to
"And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ,
the Son of the living God" Matt 16:16. Jesus was overjoyed;
Peter had come to see beyond Jesus of Nazareth. "And
Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon
Barjona: for flesh and blood (outward observation) hath not
revealed it unto thee, but my Father (inward revelation) which
is in heaven" Matt 16:17.
In other words, Jesus said: "Simon, you now have an
ear to hear. You have come into the experience of hearing
from the Father, even as I hear from Him. Now you will be
able to obey Him, even as I fully obey Him." The disciples
had come to the place of spiritual perception. They could
see beyond the surface manifestation of Jesus of Nazareth.
Now Jesus could say, "Thou art Peter (a small stone of
the same substance that I am of) and upon THIS ROCK (the ability
to hear and obey the Father) I will build my Church"
The future of the Church hung upon their giving the right
answer to this question that Jesus had asked concerning His
identity. The nature of the church was to be spiritual, not
natural. Therefore, Jesus had permitted this reproach to be
upon Himself, that His disciples would look to the Father
above as the source for building the Church.
Matt 16:21 then begins: "From that time forth began
Jesus to show... ." They had to see beyond the guise
of "Jesus of Nazareth" before He could lead them
on. Now, they were in the place where they would hear from
ABOVE. All that was left for Him to accomplish now, was to
prepare them for His death upon the cross.
In the early days of the Pentecostal movement, "Tongues"
were a reproach. To be "Spirit Baptized" meant to
be a "Holy Roller." Today that reproach is gone,
it is popular to be a Charismatic. However, there is yet a
reproach. For those who have a discerning eye to see beyond
the present movement and who seek to come into full maturity
or sonship, the reproach remains.
God always wraps His best in a package for which few are
willing to pay the price. "Jesus of Nazareth" had
no apparent value. It was said: "Can any good thing come
out of Nazareth?". The same question is yet being asked
by those who are not willing to go on in spiritual things;
"I see no value or purpose in this, let us stay with
the past; it is safe, and popular".
In Hebrews 13:12-13 we are exhorted to "go forth therefore
unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach." Today,
many are pressing onward, seeking all that He has for them.
These are willing to pay the price of identity with the reproach
of "Jesus of Nazareth" in order to gain the pearl
of great price.
Are you satisfied with your present spiritual experience
in the place of security and popularity? Or, are you willing
to embrace His "mind" knowing that it will require
the death of all that is Adamic, and the bearing of "His
"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given
Him a name which is above every name" Phil 2:9. We also,
being of the same mind, and one with Him, will partake with
Him in the glory to come.