Paul the apostle told the believers in Rome, “whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope”, and in chapter fifteen and verse four of Romans, Paul challenged the believers to be, “like-minded one toward another” where we read:
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded
one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
The verse begins, “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded, …” Paul began with the word, “now” which means “at this present and current moment” “the God” or “the Godhead and trinity which is comprised of God the Father, Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit” “of patience” which means “pertaining to steadfastness, constancy, endurance, sustaining and perseverance” “and consolation” or “importation, calling near, summoning, entreaty, exhortation, admonition and encouragement” “grant you” which means “give, supply and furnish to the believers in Rome” “to be like-minded” or “to exist as agreed, harmonious and seeking the same interests”. Paul prayed that “God”, who is “patient and encouraging” would “supply and furnish” the believers with the “like minds”.
The verse continues, “… one toward another according to Christ Jesus:” Paul added the words, “one toward another” which means “by and with each other, reciprocally and mutually” “according” or “down from, through out, toward and along” “to Christ” which means “the anointed One, the Messiah and the Son of God” “Jesus” whose name means “Jehovah is Salvation” and is “the Son of God, the Savior of mankind and God incarnate ”. Paul prayed that his reading believers would have the “same mind” toward each other even as “Christ Jesus” had toward them.
When we meditate upon these words of Paul, we see how being “like minded” is good for believers in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the standard for all who have received Him as a personal “Savior and Lord”, and His manner of thinking toward believers is the way believers are to think toward one another. God sent His Son Jesus into the world to “save” people from their sinful ways, and after they receive Jesus into their lives, they are to become “like” Him. Only by the power of God’s Holy Spirit is this accomplished, and those who desire to be “like-minded” with Jesus shall have “like minds” with “fellow believers” as well.
Next time Paul shares the results of “like-mindedness” with the believers in Rome as they with, “one mind and one mouth glorify God”, so read ahead, and we shall join together then.
Until tomorrow…there is more…
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