What are you thinking about?
From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, "Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you." 23 But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man."
Jesus began teaching His disciples the cost of salvation. To pay sin's penalty and free people from the power and eventually the presence of sin, Jesus needed to die on the cross and rise again on the third day. In Peter's way of thinking this "sin and death" solution was to harsh for His Lord Jesus Christ and he let Jesus know he didn't want that to happen.
The disciples did not understand that salvation from sin necessitated the death of Jesus on the cross, and they sought to save Him from death by using their sword when He was being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:52). Our thinking is warped by sin. Proverbs 14:12 says there is a way that seems right to man, but it ends in death.
Jesus needed to correct Peter and get him thinking in a right way so He said to Peter, "Get behind me Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man."
What would Jesus say to us today concerning our mindset?
Are we setting our mind on the things of men?
How do we know?
Think what would have happened if Peter would have gotten his way of thinking fulfilled - no salvation from sin and thus eternal torment for all people. How can we keep from setting our mind on the things of man and thus robbing ourselves and other people of what is best for them?
We need to take time to renew our thinking by learning the Word of God, the Bible. As we learn the Bible, we begin to think like Jesus. As we begin to think like Jesus, we begin to live in ways that are best for ourselves and other people. As we begin to think like Jesus we become a saving influence upon all around us by teaching people the need to repent and believe the gospel and to live in obedience to God's word by the power of the Holy Spirit.
What have you set your mind on?
The things of men or of God?
Colossians 3:1-3, "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God."
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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