Source: The Gospel Reminder, September 20, 1998
BEING OF THE SAME MIND
by Marvin Rickett
The Bible approves of being of the same mind, rather than the prevalent religious division which men strive in vain to justify. The apostle Paul urged the Corinthians to “be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10). The Bible compliments being of one mind, rather than “unity in diversity.” True, it tolerates diversity of opinion (Romans 14), and it even encourages diversity in functions (1 Corinthians 12), but it is ever working toward unity in agreement. Paul wanted to hear of the affairs of the Philippian Christians, that they “stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27).
The one mind that all Christians are to have is the mind of Christ: “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind” (1 Peter 4:1). It does little good for a group of religious people to be of the same mind in embracing a false doctrine or a counterfeit church. For all to have the mind of Christ, all must mind the things of Christ. All must walk by the same rule of Christ: “Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing” (Philippians 3:16).
Think of the pleasantness and thrill of being of the same mind! It would be the end of enmity and strife. There would be no parties or sects. We would be “likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind” (Philippians 2:2). Being of the same mind would solve some personal animosities. Paul wrote to two “feuding women” in Philippi: “I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord” (Philippians 4:2). Where all Christians are of the same mind, there is sweet fellowship.
Knowing that others are of the same mind is of great encouragement to us. It edifies the church. Our treatment of one another is improved. Paul urges, “Be of the same mind one toward another” (Romans 12:16). Peter says, “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous” (1 Peter 3:8).
When we have the same mind, we present a united front to the rest of the world: to the infidels, pagans, sinners. Since division and strife are instigators of unbelief, then having the same mind will contribute greatly toward belief (John 17:21).
Having the same mind will cause folks to work together in harmony for the kingdom of God: “Now the God of Patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Jesus Christ: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 15:5,6).
We can be of the same mind if we will follow the same rule (Philippians 3:16). The rule is the Bible, the word of God.