ARE WE BECOMING “SOUL EQUAL” TO CHRIST?
As I live and breathe through His Spirit He has given me the mind to wonder, and ponder all things in myself, and around the world as He does in all His true children. On this earth, I see many do, speak, and love for many purposes, and “for goodness sake” but is it for His sake? How can our souls be soul equal to Christ? Soul equal is mind equal. Many of us think we are going in the right direction, but are we?
Proverbs 16:2 All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.
A natural human being’s way may seem innocent, but a natural person’s motives are never for God’s sake in why a person will do anything. That is why Jesus came, through His Spirit a human being’s soul, spirit and body will be reborn with His motives lived out in and through them for others for our Father’s sake. The Holy Spirit lives for the Father’s sake and for His interest in other souls.
Today as it was in Paul’s time there are not many who live through God’s interest in other souls. Jesus Christ is the only human being that had the right motives for the Father’s sake, that is why when we have faith in Him, as Paul did, all our motives will be changed into the right one’s for God’s sake or the Son’s sake, it will not be for any other reason.
(NIV)Philippines 2:21 I have no one else like him, (Timothy) who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
(KJV) For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ.
The word “likemined” is translated into the Greek word isopsuchos, and this word is used only in this scripture. Many other words are used with like mindedness that represent same thinking and understanding but this word means something different, it’s definition reflects the soul.
The definition is “equal in soul”. Those who are in Christ know they need to seek the same mind set, and they know they can only do that through Him as He gives them the understanding of God and Himself through His Spirit that teaches them and gives them the understanding of His word.
This word, isopsuchos, means “soul equal” meaning no other person was interested in other souls, only Timothy. That is the only welfare in others our Lord Jesus was interested in.
If a person remains in Him their interest first will be in their own soul giving all to please Him for His sake. When God begins to work in a person through His Spirit, they will submit all to Him, then He will work through that person for other souls to be drawn to Him for His Sake so they too can begin submitting all to Him. This happens to each child that fully surrenders to God. Once you have surrendered all you then will be “equal in soul” as Christ was. Not many today want to surrender all, and this is what Paul experienced building the first churches as we do today.
He will be above all in your life, as the Father was in the life of Jesus and all who came after that wanted all of what He had in Holiness and goodness He could only give. This depends on each person in what they are willing to give up for His sake.
They will be “soul equal” to Christ and fight the fight of faith in Him giving their soul what it needs every day, and through them He will give what others souls need around them. All His children should be growing more, and more “soul equal” in Christ, and through Christ pouring out what He as put in, as each live in and through Him for His other children, or for the lost to know Him.
Not their health, not their families love, not their friends love, not pleasures of this world, not their homes, not their fields, not their jobs, not their success, not their income but their own souls and the souls of others will be their main interest because that was, and still is His main interest. That is why Jesus said, “What good is it to gain the whole world and forfeit your very soul. (Mark 6:36) He main interest was the souls of people, and redeeming them.
Paul was telling the church in Philippi he had no one like-minded, or soul minded that he could send, but Timothy, at the time this letter to the Philippians was written. Paul saw, and heard everyone else was looking out for their own interest, and not for the interest in other “souls” being equally “soul minded” like their Savior Jesus Christ, but Timothy.
Today I see the same people Paul saw, me first, as Paul saw himself first, through what Jesus revealed to him, through God’s Holy Spirit of Jesus. Then Paul saw through the Spirit of Jesus that was in Him others that put their interest before His, and did not have interest in souls being soul minded as Jesus was, only Timothy.
Their motives were for the wrong reasons as to why they were doing what they were doing. It was not for Jesus’s sake, and through the Holy Spirit working in and through Paul He saw they had their own interest in mind for their own sake, and for the sake of others, so their mind had no “soul” interest. Those who have fully surrendered to Christ today, as Paul had fully surrendered to Christ in his day, see today in God’s church what Paul saw in his day through the Same Spirit. His church is lacking “equal soul” minded people interested in other soul's as their Savior through His Spirit.
Here are a few of His words that may help you realize who, and what you should be living for, and it is not for your sake, or for the sake of others, it is for His sake. Anyone can be complete in Him for their own benefit in being whole and true to themselves through the same Spirit of Christ and have His interest in other souls, so through you He can lead others to Him. Only through Him can a person be right and true, and through them He will be drawing people to Him for His sake in saving their souls, and through him souls matter, and they will matter to his children because of Him.
He gets the glory and the praise for all He has done in and through us for others. It is not I, and for my sake, and for others sake that I live, but Christ lives in and through me for His Father’s sake, and we give all glory to the Father and the Son for what they did for us as One God, through His Life-giving Spirit.
Matthew 10:37 “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me (Jesus) is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever loses his life for MY SAKE will find it. “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me.
Matthew 19:28 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelves thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children of fields for MY SAKE will receive a hundred times as much, and will inherit eternal life. But man, who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.
2 Corinthians 12:10 That is why, for CHRIST’S SAKE, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
We can receive many revelations from God through all these words He has given us to learn about Him from as He gives us the understanding of them. Today many people are loving people this is true, but many people are truly not loving God above all and losing their lives for HIS SAKE, but we can repent, as Paul repented, all the others that followed Him repented, and I repented and began a new life in Him, you can too!!
The word sake in the Greek language is heneka, and it sounds like hen'-ek-ah, and it means "on account of." You can replace "sake" with "on account of." This is what a true Christian does when they truly have given their lives to Christ as Savior, Lord and Father truly wanting to please Him. The Spirit will guide them in doing all things for the sake of Jesus. If you are not I can fearlessly say He is not leading you. On account of Him all followers of Christ are willing to give up all things for His sake, just like He did for His Father, we do for Him and the Father.
I will quit smoking "on account of" Christ has asked me too.
I will quit smoking for "His sake" because he asked me too.
I will sacrifice my body to him "on account of" Christ has asked me too.
I will sacrifice my body to for "His sake" because Christ asked me too.
I will not love anything, or anyone of this world more than Him "on account of" Christ asked me not too.
I will not love anything or anyone of this world above Him for "His sake" because Christ asked me not too.
I can do all things He has asked me to do for His sake, or on account of what He has given me of Himself to do it!
He speaks these words to us personally as well as through the Bible. The Spirit speaks to us the same words that are in His Bible, and they are lived out, and heard daily. His voice is clear coming from within in a way that goes beyond our own understanding, and we know His voice. His voice will always lead us in the right direction, and His Bible explains what He is saying within us always through his life, crucifixion and resurrection. The Spirit lived out His life, crucifixion, and resurrection and through us He does the same.
We continue to repent when he pricks our heart when we are going in the wrong direction in word, thought, or deed. We begin sinning less, and changing into more of his soul equal.We who are in Christ can continually be “soul equal” as Christ was, making our souls our first agenda in being well with Him, and through Him His interest will poor out of us for other souls being well with Him.
He wants to work in us and through us today as He did in and through His first disciples and apostles that received Him. When we begin, and keep decreasing He will begin, and keep increasing in us, and then pour out to others.
Losing our soul, and life for His Sake is what all of us must do to receive what He has waiting for us, holding for us, and wanting us to have. Through His Spirit we can only receive His knowledge of His love He has for His Father and His Father’s love He has for Him, that surpasses any understanding of our own so we can be interested in souls for His sake. If you have no desire to care for other souls then your relationship with Him is not the most important.
When we each get to the end of ourselves in knowing we cannot be, or do all of what we are supposed to on our own we will delight in our weakness for His sake, because we know through our weaknesses we will receive His Spirit giving us what we need to make us strong, and Him always getting the glory for our strength.
For me, I am weak in all ways, and I am delighted to be weak in all ways, so in all ways He gives what I need to be and do for His Sake, so I can find my true self, and the life He has planned for me. I have no pride in my flesh, nor self-pity, and that is the miracle of Him within any human being, to be completely free for Him to give, work and pour out into the world. Sadly not all in the world want or like what He gives, and that is because He exposes all evil,not many want their evil exposed, not many can give up all, and not many can love Him above all.
Many today do not realize when someone puts something, or someone above Him that is evil through God's eyes. When someone follows another wisdom other than His that is evil through His eyes. When someone rejects His ways and teachings that is evil through his eyes. When someone does not acknowledge Him that is evil through His eyes.
When a true child is close to Him He will prick their hearts each time they begin doing or following any of these teachings or ways. If a person keeps ignoring him after a while they will become numb to his pricking of their heart. Not because He has left them but because they quit listening to Him.
John 7:7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.
Each obstacle, and trail is apart of his work on our way to completing ourselves as we live, and belong to Him. His work in and through us never will end on this earth until our body dies. You and I being obedient to all He ask is the key that opens the flood gates of His presence increasing as our journey is lived out. Those who are His true children never will fear Him exposing their evil, they want their evil to be exposed so they can live for His sake, and through His power they know He can defeat any evil that is within them.
Being a true child of God does not mean they are perfect people, it means they trust Him showing them and teaching them how their souls can be. He reveals in each person, and through each person all of what does not please Him, as well as what does, then a true child of God will follow His instructions through His power His Spirit can only give. All this is lived out through His Spirit. This was proven first through Him, and all others that followed Him, and now He proves this truth in His children today.
Take every sin to Him for His sake, and not for your sake, for your parents sake, for your children's sake, for your friends sake, for popularity sake, for your health's sake, but for HIS SAKE, and He will give you what you need of Himself to end it. Commit every deed you do to Him for His sake.
Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
Take every wisdom you follow to be His, not man's for His sake.
Matthew 16:23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.
Take your body and commit it to Him for His sake.
Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship.
Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ from the power He has given for His sake, and you will receive what He has waiting for you.
2 Corinthians 10: 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
If you have not done this, or began practicing these teachings of our LORD through His Holy Spirit's lead you can begin any time. Ask Him to forgive you for not giving Him your all, not putting Him first, or not beleiving He can defeat all the evil you are living in and through whether it is another wisdom, deception, or illusion that keeps you from receiving His truth He has for you.
He is faithful and He will complete every work you need within you, and through you for others to be drawn to Him. It is always up to us to attain what He teaches us, and not return to the evil we once followed that kept us from receiving more of Him.
He is waiting for you, ask Him to forgive you for not losing all things and ways within yourself for His Sake, and begin losing all of yourself for His Sake, and never quit losing yourself for His sake, and what you gain will surpass all you have lost because it was for His Sake! Your soul will begin and end being equal to His as long as you remain in Him, He will remain in you!