Friday, 28 February 2020

Like-mindedness - phroneō

I recently read Romans 15:1-7 ... again ...

No, you do not understand ...

I really read it!

Not just thoroughly, but this time intensely ... with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The discovery I made was not hidden

My discovery was, as always, mind-blowing. I got to realize that we sometimes read without reading. Read, without wanting to know and understand. (Mark 4:12)

And yet, onto us in the kingdom, the full Revelation (Jesus, Yah'shua) is always there. Right in front of us. Wow!

When Paul writes this Epistle, he is directing it to Christians living in Rome, the church (ekklēsia, or those called out from amongst, to be more precise). See what Paul says in Romans 1:7.

Do yo get that? All Christians were, and are living under the yoke of the Roman empire ...

Paul admonishes those called to Christ to stick to the Gospel that says man is justified through Faith (Faith is a Person - see here, here and here) and not through own works. Your righteousness is revealed in Jesus!

But, what is in the verse I read?

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded (phroneō) one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 

That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God. Rom 15:5-7



Yes, phroneō!

We are granted the opportunity, the freedom, the occasion, the relief, the good peace to be like-minded, all together, just like Christ. To be of the same Spirit.

Like-minded to all exhibit the same beautiful spirit and the fruit of this Spirit Who abides inside of us. Wow!


The Greek word phroneō means to flex your thinking, to renew your mind, to mentally disposed towards Christ, to set your affection on Christ ... to think like He thinks ... to just be like He is ...

Phroneō comes from the Greek root words phrēn and phrassō, which means to strengthen from the base, to encapsulate, to partition the being.


To be like-minded (one to another, that is to have the same appearance), is to be according to Christ. Look at the verse. The Greek words used here for according are en kata, two prepositions. En, denoting your position in and kata, meaning just like, after, even, as, in-as-much, to own, to break down to become a primary particle ...

When Paul says to be come like-minded, he is not saying that we should agree amongst each other as far as our man-made doctrine is concerned. He says agree with Christ. Just be in Him.

Flex your brain-washed mind and strengthen your base by encapsulating yourself with His finished work and Who He is. And believe as He is, so are we in this world. Love made perfect (1 John 4:17).

... to the glory of God!

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