mikehill4jesus “The Spirit of Christ, and the Spirit of True Christianity.”
7th July 2016 (13.45) My .mp3 Thought for Today Audio
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. [the true Christians] 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. [those false Christians involved in Churchianity] These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
The narrow and wide gates
Matthew 7:13 ‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction [Hell], and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life [Heaven], and only a few find it.’
True Christianity involves the Holy Spirit operating in both the Lord Jesus Christ and Christianity
Without strong evidence of the Holy Spirit, a Christian or group of Christians will simply be operating a selfishly driven religion. I have come across many Christian Leaders who are frustrated in the extreme with their Congregations. But then, I also come across Congregations who are frustrated in the extreme by their Church Leaders.
On visiting Churches and Church Websites I cannot help but notice how little, if any, mention of the Holy Spirit exists. Even in Christian Cafe’s and Bookshops. I can’t remember being given a proven testimony about the Leaders and what the Holy Spirit has done in their life.
July 4, 1849
THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST, AND THE SPIRIT OF TRUE CHRISTIANITY
Sermon by Prof. C.G. Finney.
(Please note, I don’t have room for all this article and have placed a link to the full article at the end)
Matthew 28:19 ‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,’
Hebrews 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
These words are spoken of Jesus Christ. They stand in the following connection. “Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
To develop fully the sentiment of our text, I will consider
I. WHAT THIS JOY SET BEFORE CHRIST WAS NOT.
II. WHAT IT WAS.
III. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN THE STATE OF MIND HERE DESCRIBED.
IV. SHOW THAT NOTHING SHORT OF THIS IS REAL CHRISTIANITY.
I. This joy is not the joy of his own personal salvation. Christ did not undertake this great work for the sake of saving his own soul, and hence the joy in prospect was not the joy of being himself saved from ruin. It is most manifest from the whole Bible that the object which Christ had in view was not his own good.
2. Neither was it his own glory. He every where insists that he does not seek his own glory, and that in this respect his course was directly contrasted with that of the Jews “who sought honor of one another.”
II. What then was the joy set before him? I answer, it was the great good to be secured, and the satisfaction to be found in securing it. He saw a world to be redeemed, out of whom a great multitude which no man can number could be actually saved. He saw the blessedness that would accrue to them eternally from this salvation. He saw the augmented joy of the heavenly hosts in their rescue and in their eternal joy; and He saw how his Father rejoiced in reclaiming the lost; these joys set before him were enough to make his cross sweet and the shame of it a mere trifle.
III. What is implied in this state of mind.
1. Consecration to the good of being, a real devotion of one’s self to this object.
2. A single eye to this end. Persons are never satisfied and filled with joy in view of an object unless their hearts are fully set upon it, and set upon it evermore in proportion to the value of that object. Our joy in any object will depend very much upon the singleness of eye with which the end is sought.
3. The end must be chosen for its own sake. This must be a condition of our receiving joy in any object that we choose it for what it is in itself. It must be a good object; an object the attainment of which is naturally adapted to give us joy. Then let it be sought earnestly and sincerely, and its pursuit will not disappoint us. The Bible represents Christ as having set his heart on this great end of securing the good of others.
IV. Nothing short of this state of mind, possessed and manifested by Jesus Christ, is real Christianity. Nothing else than this is the spirit of Jesus Christ; and we have the highest authority for saying that “if any man have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his,” and can not have any real religion. If we would understand what Christianity is, we must understand what Christ is. It is plain that we can never understand Christianity only as we understand Jesus Christ. He is the great and perfect embodiment of real Christianity. Hence to know Christianity we must know Christ–must know his ends and his means for attaining those ends. Now it is certain, as we have seen, that his end was the highest good of being. Hence nothing else than this can be Christianity.
Again, nothing short of this is intrinsically right. Nothing short and nothing else can satisfy the demands of the intelligence. We know it to be essentially and necessarily right that all beings–even the Deity himself, should devote themselves to this end. We know that we,–and that all our race ought to consecrate ourselves to this end sincerely and supremely. Hence nothing less, and nothing else than this can be real Christianity.
Nothing short of this can prepare us for heaven. How could we receive joy in the employments of heaven unless we are prepared for it by sympathy with their great ends and objects? Who does not know that there must be interest felt in an end before its attainment can give us joy? How then could even heaven be agreeable to us only as our hearts are set upon those objects, the attainment of which makes heaven blissful to its inhabitants?
The Spirit of Christ will naturally manifest itself in all men as it did in Christ himself. Why should it not? Why should not the same spirit manifest itself in the same forms and modes?
Hence when persons have set their hearts upon the same object as Christ set his heart upon, they will count all things else but trifles in order to attain this. They will cheerfully make any sacrifices and count them mere trifles, enduring the cross, and despising the shame, as if all or either were matters of small account in view of an object so valuable. Who does not know that when men have a worldly fortune in view, they carry out this principle to its full extent? How many will tear themselves away from all the social endearments and comforts of home and go to California for gold, encountering hardships without number and perils of almost every sort, and yet they shrink not, because the object before them is so attractive and their hearts are so earnestly set upon it. We often see worldly men set their hearts so strongly upon some favourite object that they make no account of the greatest sacrifices. In the same manner, it was perfectly natural for Christ in his state of mind to endure the cross despising the shame. No hardships could discourage, no perils could daunt, no scorn could deter him; for his great end seemed too glorious , so precious, there was nothing so forbidding that he would not endure for the sake of securing it.
Often when you are thinking of his self-denials and sacrifices you ask yourself, How can this be? What motive could have induced such a course of life and of suffering? But when you get your eye upon his state of mind and see the deep love of his heart for the souls of men, all is explained. It is perfectly in accordance with a law of our mind that we count everything else of trifling value compared with the one great end upon which the heart is set. Who has not experienced at least some degree of this? When your heart has been set upon some great worldly good–property, a valued companion for life,–some post of honour and emolument, you have not deemed it a great thing to labour and toil and make many sacrifices. How many count it no great hardship to labour and toil their life long to secure a competence for themselves and their families.
Now with this universal law of mind in view, consider the great end which Christ placed before himself. You can now understand his devotion to this great end; his readiness to make sacrifices for its attainment; you see how he could despise all the shame and endure all the pains, never shrinking for one moment from anything whatever which he had to encounter.
Now let any man have the same end in view that Christ had and he too will account all things but loss for such an object. Self-denial will be as easy and natural as a second nature. By the very laws of our mind, it is sweet to deny ourselves of a lesser good for the sake of a greater. Husbands and wives deem it no hardship to deny themselves of positive good for each other’s benefit, the pleasure of giving scope to their deep and pure affection for each other readily overbalances and throws into the shade all the hardships they may be called to endure for each other’s welfare. That mother will labour till her strength is gone that she may meet the wants of the children she loves. That father will toil till he is bent and worn with years and many infirmities–so does the love of his household fill his heart, and make toil for them a daily pleasure. The fond mother will toil over her washtub year after year to educate her son at college, until at last, he comes forth a young man of promise, and she says–“I am more than paid for all my sacrifices and all my toils.” You might perhaps have entered her humble dwelling at some hour when most ladies are at leisure, but you find her over her wash-tub. You accost her–“Madam, I am indeed sorry that you have so hard a lot–that you are doomed to such and so much labour.” “Are you indeed,” she replies; “I am glad of it. I enjoy it. There you see my dear children educating themselves I trust for God, and to serve their generation according to the will of God and it is my daily joy to toil and suffer if need be for such an object. I can endure any cross and despise any shame for their sakes.” You, my hearers, have seen exemplifications of this principle even among yourselves. It may have occurred to you as it has often to me that such cases develop the same spirit which we see in the case of the Lord Jesus Christ, “who for the joy set before him, endured the cross despising the shame.” It is only what we always see when the mind lays hold of the great end that God lays hold of. Then men can not grudge the sacrifices they may be called to make, however great, or frequent, or long protracted, any more than God does.
True Christianity is about living with God by and through the power of the Holy Spirit
The problem with Christianity is that many members are not living with God. Their LIFE is about living in a Church Organisation with God outside of it. It is called SELFISH Churchianity! Professing Christians who are not friends of God and Mankind, only of their own religion, and even that is in doubt!
There are professing Christians who are NOT Holy Spirit led in all that they do
It is these unsaved professing Christians that saved Christians have to face during their witnessing for the Lord Jesus. The unsaved person exists with a complete lack of Spirituality. Christ’s command to go and make disciples has not become their reason for living. Matthew 28:19 ‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,’
Here are the Characters of true and false Christians
If the Lord Jesus and Others are looking at you as you live your life, what do they see?
This is a Link to my Testimony called
Living with God and Defeating the Devil 1948 to 2016
The difference between Christianity and Churchianity is total!