"If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His" (Romans 8:9). If my eternal destiny depends on me having a Spirit like Christ's, then I must know Him and follow Him in order to be like Him.
What kind of Spirit did Christ have?
He had a Spirit of Humility.
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men" (Philippians 2:5-7).
He had a Spirit of Love.
"This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:12-13).
He had a Spirit of Service.
"Whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give His life a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:27-28).
He had a Spirit of Obedience.
Jesus prayed, saying, "O, my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou will" (Matthew 26:39).
He had a Spirit of Optimism.
"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 sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:1-2).
He had a Spirit of Forgiveness.
While dying on the cross Jesus prayed, "Father forgive them; for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34).
These are but a few of the characteristics of Christ, but hopefully this will challenge us to see the need for Bible study. If you and I must be like Him in order to go to heaven, then we must know Him. See you in Bible class!
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