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  A study of Philippians 3:7-14

Gaining an understanding of who Christ is and how to be like Him by knowing the power of His resurrection, fully sharing in His sufferings and conforming to His death.

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Philippians 3:10--living vicariously through christ and he through us
Kirk M+
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There are two predominant words in the Greek translated “know” . One word is oida, which means to know (intuitively-by instinctively) without effort. Perhaps the best way to think of this word is when we say that we “know” who the president or prime minister is of our country. We certainly do not actually know this person, but rather know of them. The second Greek word is ginosko, which means to know (by experience or effort); to acquire knowledge, become acquainted with; hence, to come or get to know. This word carries with it the connotation of action in personally and experientially knowing something or someone instead of simply knowing about them. The problem most Christians have is that they are content to simply know about (oida) Christ and have no desire to......
Philippians 3:7-14--our goal as believers
Kirk M+
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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......
What did paul believe and teach regarding the return of christ
Kirk M+
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Before we can begin to understand a phrase such as “being made conformable unto His death” , we must establish a few truths based on the Apostle Paul's writings. We must also glean an understanding of a couple of Greek words, without which it is impossible to fully grasp what Paul was writing in Philippians 3:10 and 11. This material will take a number of blogs to present so I am praying that anyone interested will understand that it is impossible to present this in one or two blogs. To begin with, I think it is important to establish Paul's position on what is commonly referred to as the “rapture” . This subject is discussed at length in 1 Corinthians 15 and to a lesser degree in 1 Thessalonians 4. Of course different aspects of our hope are mentioned numerous......
What is "the prize of the high calling of god in christ jesus"?
Kirk M+
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Approximately 20 years after his conversion, the Apostle Paul wrote of his travails in 2 Corinthians 11:23-28. Most of the beatings, stripes, imprisonments, shipwrecks, perils, pain and suffering mentioned in these verses took place in the first 10 years of his actual ministry. It is hard to believe one man could endure as many hardships as Paul did in such a short amount of time. I cannot think of too many people who would not have just given up rather than face another “beat down” or flogging. In 2 Corinthians 11:24, Paul says that (as of that time, which was approximately 57 A.D.), five times he had received 40 save one stripes. Why did Paul only receive 39 lashes instead of 40? The answer is found in Deuteronomy 25:1-3: If there be a controversy between men, and they come......
How much are we willing to give up to "win christ"?
Kirk M+
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How important should our relationship with Jesus Christ be? How much are we willing to give up to gain a full understanding of who Christ is and what He has done for us? What strings are we willing to cut so as to become one with He who is our Savior and Lord? These are the questions the Apostle Paul confronts in Philippians 3 by using his own life as an example of what he has done to “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” . Paul presents his credentials in Philippians 3:4-6. These credentials by man's reckoning should make him righteous. The things Paul was and did in his life before he came to know Christ are impressive by anyone's standards, but especially anyone who was a Jew as Paul was. 4Though I might also have confidence......