Here are those passages Br. Mark refers to, I think:
Originally Posted by Brother Mark
(1) Galatians 2:20
"I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20)
(2) Phil. 3:7-14:
"But whatever things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yes doubtless! I count all things as only a loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: (3) Phil 2:5-11 (but look at 2:1-18 for context!!
So that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
... Brethren, I count not myself to have" [known him fully] "but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
" (Phil. 3:7-14, vv. 10 & 14 highlighted
If there is therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any depth within, and mercies, then fulfill my joy [friend], that you may be have the same mindset, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Thank you, Br. Mark, for this wonderful thread:
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Let everyone not look to his own interests, but each of you also be concerned about others' concerns. others.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, did not think it not robbery to be equal with God: Yet emptied himself, and took upon him the form of a slave, and was made in the human likeness: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
And because of all this, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Through all this God also has highly exalted him, and given him the name which is above every name: that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow -- of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth -- And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil. 2:1-11)
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: that you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Yes, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.
for the very very important question "What does it mean for God to be the center of our lives?"
and these three important passages which help us think through that question!!