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The Mind of Jesus   By: (1818-1895)

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Minor punctuation inconsistencies have been silently corrected.

Title page: "MEMORIES OF OF GENNESARET" changed to "MEMORIES OF GENNESARET" p9: Verse number "2." added to "Mark, viii." for consistency p23: "brethern" changed to "brethren" p106: "vail" changed to "veil" p124: duplicate word "one" removed p126: "the its great fountain" changed to "its great fountain" p128: "frowed" changed to "frowned"

THE MIND OF JESUS.

BY JOHN R. MACDUFF, D.D.

AUTHOR OF "MORNING AND NIGHT WATCHES," "THE WORDS OF JESUS," "FAMILY PRAYER," "FOOTSTEPS OF ST. PAUL," "MEMORIES OF GENNESARET," "BOW IN THE CLOUD," "STORY OF BETHLEHEM," ETC.

NEW YORK ROBERT CARTER & BROTHERS, No. 530 BROADWAY. 1860.

The Mind of Jesus.

THE MIND OF JESUS! What a study is this! To attain a dim reflection of it, is the ambition of angels higher they can not soar. "To be conformed to the image of His Son!" it is the end of God in the predestination of His Church from all eternity. "We shall be like Him!" it is the Bible picture of heaven !

In a former little volume, we pondered some of the gracious Words which proceeded out of the mouth of Jesus. In the present, we have a few faint lineaments of that holy Character which constituted the living exposition and embodiment of His precepts.

But how lofty such a standard! How all creature perfection shrinks abashed and confounded before a Divine portraiture like this! He is the true "Angel standing in the sun," who alone projects no shadow; so bathed in the glories of Deity that likeness to Him becomes like the light in which He is shrouded "no man can approach unto it." May we not, however, seek at least to approximate, though we can not adequately resemble? It is impossible on earth to associate with a fellow being without getting, in some degree, assimilated to him. So, the more we study "the Mind of Christ," the more we are in His company holding converse with Him as our best and dearest friend catching up his holy looks and holy deeds the more shall we be "transformed into the same image."

"Consider," says the Great Apostle (literally ' gaze on') "Christ Jesus" (Heb. iii. 1). Study feature by feature, lineament by lineament, of that Peerless Exemplar. " Gaze " on the Sun of Righteousness, till, like gazing long on the natural sun, you carry away with you, on your spiritual vision, dazzling images of His brightness and glory. Though He be the Archetype of all goodness, remember He is no shadowy model though the Infinite Jehovah, He was "the Man Christ Jesus."

We must never, indeed, forget that it is not the mind , but the work of Immanuel, which lies at the foundation of a sinner's hope. He must be known as a Saviour , before He is studied as an Example . His doing and dying is the center jewel, of which all the virtues of His holy life are merely the setting. But neither must we overlook the Scripture obligation to walk in His footsteps and imbibe His Spirit, for "if any man have not the Spirit of Christ , he is none of His !"

Oh, that each individual Christian were more Saviour like! that, in the manifestation of a holy character and heavenly demeanor, it might be said in some feeble measure of the faint and imperfect reflection "Such was Jesus !"

How far short we are of such a criterion, mournful experience can testify. But it is at least comforting to know that there is a day coming, when, in the full vision and fruition of the Glorious Original, the exhortation of our motto verse will be needed no more; when we shall be able to say, in the words of an inspired apostle,

"We have the MIND OF CHRIST!"

Contents.

PAGE The Mind of Jesus 3 Compassion 9 Resignation in Trial 13 Devotedness to God 17 Forgiveness of Injuries 21 Meekness 25 Thankfulness 29 Unselfishness 33 Submission to God's Word 37 Prayerfulness 41 Love to the Brethren 45 Sympathy 49 Fidelity in Rebuke 53 Gentleness in Rebuke 57 Endurance of Contradiction 61 Pleasing God 65 Grief at Sin 69 Humility 73 Patience 77 Subjection 81 Not Retaliating 85 Bearing the Cross 89 Holy Zeal 93 Benevolence 97 Firmness in Temptation 101 Receiving Sinners 105 Guilelessness 109 Activity in Duty 113 Committing our Way to God 117 Love of Unity 121 Not of the World 125 Calmness in Death 129

Let

THIS MIND

Be in you,

Which was also in

Christ Jesus... Continue reading book >>




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