15 July 1999

"What think ye of Christ?"-Matthew 22:42 With just one short question we discover the fountainhead of all theology. Surely, this is the greatest question that has ever been put before the minds of men. And from our answer we will discover much about ourselves: "What think ye of Christ?" Today, we will explore this great question of Christ under three headings: (1) Thinking; (2) How our thinking affects us; (3) The greatest question. Jesus is not only interested in our actions, He is also interested in our thoughts. In the book of Matthew alone, Jesus addresses the subject of thinking 16 times with words such as, "Think not" and "what think ye." It was by His questions that Jesus challenged the erroneous thinking of His day, thinking that robbed Him of His glory and His people of His comforts. Thinking molds the character. As one man said, "thinking is a chisel that molds our character, day by day, one chip at a time." Robert Speer said, "Every day we are becoming more like our thoughts. It is true that ‘As a man thinketh in his heart so is he." No wonder Jesus is interested in how we think. The devilish slogan, "free thinker" has permeated our society. We are told that parents should not direct their children's thinking or they will disturb their achievement level. But what are we trying to achieve? Surely, Satan is behind this. Thinking right thoughts is a discipline of the highest order. Jesus was interested in the way that people thought. Should we not be as well? Thinking affect us in ways that we have never imagined. Thinking affects our feelings. "What do you THINK about that?", may be substituted for "How do you FEEL about that?" Do you see why Satan wants people to be free thinkers? A mind set free will float downstream like a dead fish. It takes a Godly effort to control one's thoughts and set the affections on things above. And how we think about Christ, who He is, and what He has done for us will affect our feelings toward Him. We must know that Satan will do all that he can to rob us of the comfort that is found in Christ and Christ centered thinking. Since he is a liar from the beginning, he will fill our minds, not only with untruths about Jesus, but about the cares of this world as well. It has been found that only 8% of the things that we worry about actually come to pass. That means that 92% of the thoughts that disturb us are mirages, Satan's lies, designed to rob us of our peace. We overcome the 92% by "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ"- II Cor. 10:5. This Christ centered thinking is better than the philosophy of man. It is wisdom which descends from above! But let us turn to the great question, "What think ye of Christ?" Jesus did not say, "What does the church think; or what does the preacher think." He did not ask what we think about self or the people around us. The question is a personal one between the believer and Jesus: "What think YE of Christ?" What is your personal opinion of Him? Do you have one? Do you think about Him? Do you think that He came down from heaven to save sinners? Do you think that His blood was sufficient payment for the sin debt? Do you think that He died upon Calvary's cross? Do you think that those He died for are secure from the consequences of eternal damnation because of His suffering, that the devil and all of his angels can never pluck even the least out of His pierced hands? Do you think that He did this for YOU? Ah, here is rub. Here is the bottom line. Here is the question that broke down their denominational barrier. Whether one hailed as a Pharisee or a Sadducee was unimportant to the great question. They could no longer hide behind their differences in doctrines concerning the resurrection, angels, and the hereafter. What they thought about Christ was the beginning to the end of their faith. And if we think; think spiritually; think logically; think personally; should not our thoughts lead us to Him? To own Him in Baptism? To identify ourselves as one of His? As one great preacher said, "I never knew a person that had low thoughts of Christ that did not first have low thoughts of sin". How much He has done for us must dictate how great our thoughts are of Him and our actions of obedience. Let His great question be followed by our great question, "Lord, what wilt thou have ME to do?" Come and worship with us at Harmony Primitive Baptist Chruch, at Donaldson, where God is sovereign, and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Services begin at 10:30 each Sunday morning. By His mercy and grace, Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor