Philippians 3:7-14--our goal as believers

7Howbeit what things were gain to me, these have I counted loss for Christ.

8Yea verily, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but refuse, that I may gain Christ,

9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of mine own, even that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith:

10that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death;

11if by any means I may attain unto the resurrection from the dead.

12Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus.

13Brethren, I count not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before,

14I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:7-14 American Standard Version (ASV)

From the first time I remember reading these verses in 1970 unto the present, it has been my prayer that at some point in my life, I could experientially understand what the Apostle Paul was showing us here. Just as I have strived to become a “man after God's own heart” , so I have done everything possible to first understand and then be able to attain the resurrection from the dead mentioned in verse 11. I have pleaded with my Lord Jesus Christ to please allow me to honestly and completely know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings. With all my heart and soul I long to be “conformed unto His death” .

I am not a scholar but rather a simple, unlearned, and ignorant man whose heart craves the kind of fellowship and relationship with Christ that Paul brings up in these verses. I do not have the intellectual training and heritage Paul had (as recorded in verses 4-7), but I have my own baggage that gets in the way of me being able to honestly consider everything I ever held dear in this life to be loss so that I can receive the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. With every fiber of my being I long to be able to say that I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as dung, so I can “gain Christ” . Oh how I want to so destroy any element of self-righteousness so I can rejoice in the righteousness I have in and through my faith in Christ, which is the righteousness from God by faith.

No place in the New Testament so graphically shows what is needed to honestly and completely make Jesus Lord in your life than these verses in Philippians 3. These verses teach us how to be conformed to His image and what it means to be a bonded and branded slave of Jesus Christ. As easy as these verses appear, they represent one of the most difficult processes we ever go through in this life. But, unless we really put off the old man along with all of his deeds and put on the new man (which is what these verses are showing us), we can never attain the level of fellowship with Christ that allows us to say to everyone we meet; he who has seen me has seen Christ Jesus.

What truly amazes me is that Paul says in verse 12 that even he had not already obtained or reached the level of perfection he just presented. Paul was a “work in progress” just as we all are. Ultimately our goal should be to lay hold on forgetting those things which are behind and stretching forward to reach the things which are before us. As a runner in a marathon, we press on toward the goal which is the prize of the high calling of God which is in Christ Jesus.

As much as I can, for those who might be interested, I will dust off 45 years of study and research and present to you what I know about these eight verses. Very few places in God's Word, other than Ephesians, have I devoted as much time and effort into understanding than these verses. I have done this and will do it for you because I believe these eight verses represent the pinnacle of what it takes to really walk in fellowship with Jesus Christ, really walk with Him being our Lord, and really be His ambassadors exercising our ministry of reconciliation. More to come...

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K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

May we press on... no matter what.

Blessings!

K :princess:

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Well done testament !

Who shall abide in your mountain oh lord ?

Psalm 15:1-5(KJV)
{A Psalm of David.} LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

Shall never be moved my friend , rest upon the solid foundation the Rock !

Be forever blessed
Mark

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John Knox @watchmanjohn ·

Stamina is a curse of the present day Christian.

wmj

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