This week we will study Philippians 3. Knowing Christ is the greatest adventure a person can endeavor to take. It is a lifelong quest for knowledge, wisdom, and intimacy with your Savior. Paul knew this. When Paul was saved and until his death, he continually sought to get closer to his Lord.
Today we will look at the excellency of Christ and knowing Christ.
2) Excellency of Jesus Christ v 7-9
a) Paul counts gains as loss for Christ v 7-8
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, v 7-8
b) The righteousness which is of God v 9
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: v 9
3) Know Christ Jesus v 10-16
a) Know Jesus, the power of His resurrection, fellowship of His suffering, an made conformable unto His death v 10
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; v 10
b) Attaining unto the resurrection of the dead v 11-12
11If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. v 11-12
c) Press toward the mark… v 13-16
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. v13-16
Meditate on these verses and ask yourself if knowing Christ is your number one priority.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001