These are a couple of passages that I’m struggling with, at least at the moment. I’m struggling with them, because I find that many Christians I talk to on stuff like this don’t agree with me.
1 Peter 2:21-24
21For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
22Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
24Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
I get out of these two passages a very extreme view of who I am and what I am to do. For example, right after Paul says “let this mind be in you…” he says, “being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.” I know that elsewhere Paul uses the same claims Jesus made for himself. “I am in the Father, the Father is in me,” “I am in Christ, Christ is in me.” Etc. I just don’t know what I should think or how I should interpret these passages right now.
What do you guys think?