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Philippians 2:1-7

“Since there is a standing in Christ, since there is the calling of love, since there is a common Spirit and the heart felt compassion and pity for each one, fulfill ye my joy, that ye think the same, having the same love, one in soul minding the one thing...”

With each child of grace having the same ingredients within and the same purpose (the eternal love of the Father) and same experience (For it is granted unto you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in Him but to also to suffer on His behalf), they all are equal, on the same plain and have a common reference point, therefore, “let this mind be in you that is in Christ Jesus our Lord, who subsisted in the form of God and thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but emptied Himself taking the form of a slave, having become in the likeness of man, He humbled Himself having become obedient to death even the death of a cross”.

There is One God, One Word and One Spirit that teaches all His children the same thing that they be of the same mind and speak the same thing. Therefore, resist the wisdom of the flesh and the vain janglings of the enticing words of man, for they are NOT unto life. Do not become involved in worthless arguments about words and endless genealogies which gender to confusion. Mark and avoid them which cause strife and division and bring those things which are contrary to sound doctrine. As the Spirit directs our affection on the things which are above we shall walk according to the manner and customs of our home land which is that Jerusalem which is above, in the love of the brethren in truth.

Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
12-28-08