Dear Loving Brothers and Sisters
Grace to you and peace from God our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
This post, we are going to discuss something very basic, yet supreme important in our Christian walk.
GOD'S PERSPECTIVE - CORNER STONE
The book of Philippians is written by apostle Paul with the intention to cautious them on the false teaching of Christ.
Ph 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!
Ph 3:3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
So, the question arises as how to get it right? To do so, we have to look at the Big Picture so as we do not let the details to confuse us. As such, it is supreme important to view from the right perspective. To do so, apostle Paul has taught us to adopt the God perspective.
Here, we can see that shifting of mindset is profound by the apostle Paul, i.e shifting from our human rationale /perspective to God's perspective. One way to relieve his pain from his flesh. No wonder so many Christian be able to achieving so many significant breakthrough in leadership effectiveness, like Paul.
As such, we must fully aware that having God's perspective is the corner stone of true christian walk, which drives our choices, decisions, thoughts and actions in accordance with God's will. And not using our intelligent/wisdom to carry out action which we normally do. I shall dwell in details as to why it should not be the case at the subsequent post.
Similarly, by adopting God's perspective, we are only able to see things beyond life on earth - Eternity Life. Naturally we will only able to response our actions consistently in that light. In doing so, we are then able to submit wholeheartedly to Lord voluntarily. Submission here is refer to submission that is made consciously and willingly. Bear in mind, God's gentleness do not force it through man. “Consciously” means “knowingly”, and “willingly” means “freely”, without compulsion. Therefore, it is defined in such a manner that the submission as demanded by Christian is not possible without knowledge.
Therefore, it is also important for us to understand fully as how we can enter into the Kingdom of God so that we can have such a perspective. Hence, we have no other way but to deal with the process listed below:-
This literally means 'change of one's mind." It involves the will (Luke 15;18, 20), emotions (2 Cor.7:9) and intellect (Matt. 21 -29) of a person. It is the willful turning away from sin to follow after God. True repentance always leads to a change in conduct and attitudes. By doing so, we can only be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind with Christ. (Philippians 2: 1-5).
Whereas "Born again" must also take place - the creation by the Holy Spirit of a new life in man called the "new creation" (2 Cor. 5:17) that brings us into the Kingdom of God (John 1:12, 3:3). It is an instantaneous change from spiritual death to spiritual death to spiritual life (Eph 2:1, 4-5)
When we are born again, we become partakers of the divine nature (2 Pet 1:4) and Christ now lives in us (Gal 2:20).
This is very consistent throughout the scripture as to why Jesus has to explain to Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews who came to Jesus. John3 :1-2. In verse 3 of the same chapter of the book, Jesus answered and said to him " Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Similarly, one can not has the God's perspective if he cannot see the kingdom of God. It is imperative to get this basic thing right in the first place.
From the above discussion, trust you are clear by now as to why we need to adopt God's perspective.
I pray God will reveal even to you should you have other interpretation. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.