Philippians 3:1-11 The Surpassing Worth of Christ; Mickey Connolly
Philippians 3:1-11 ESV
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
WHAT MAKES ME HAPPIEST
Is it Jesus or something else?
REJOICING IN CHRIST
We should let the Lord be the one that makes us happy.
Paul is giving the Philippians a warning about the circumcision party.
Flesh is anything not done in the spirit.
Paul had all reason to boast in his flesh.
After Jesus Paul looked at those things as loss. Christ was the greatest gain Paul ever had and he now looked at everything else as worthless.
RIGHTEOUSNESS FROM CHRIST
We receive what Christ deserved, because he received what we deserved.
Righteousness granted to us leads to a relationship with Christ.
Paul wants to know Christ better and be more like Christ, because of his relationship with Christ.
To know Jesus means
1) to be saved
2) He becomes a subject of lifelong study in his word
3) Serving him, we better get to know others, many times Christ is most experienced when shared with others
4) Suffering- We see our utter dependence
5) Unexplainable presence of Christ in our lives
BECOMING LIKE HIM
Knowing Christ also involves imitating and becoming like him. A Desire to know his life-changing power.
To know Jesus more we have to deny ourselves more as well.
Ultimate fruit of righteousness is when we see Jesus face to face.
We know where we're going but know not the course.
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What rubs me of longing?
Most likely little things not kept in check
What stirs my affection?
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