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Paul's Epistle to the Philippians Chapter 3:7-16
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Running For The Prize! - Philippians 3:7-21
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted
loss for Christ.
8 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,
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:
10 That I may know him, and the power of his
resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings,
being made conformable unto his death;
As I studied this chapter, I began to notice what I
would consider a remarkable series of truths
concerning Paul and his desire towards a closer
relationship with Christ. Let’s look at this
progression beginning at verse 7.
In verse 7, Paul stated that he counted all his gains
in Judaism as LOSS FOR CHRIST. Paul said that all of
the things that made my life complete before Christ
were deemed a loss BECAUSE OF CHRIST.
In verse 8, Paul had expressed a desire TO GAIN
CHRIST. His relationship with Christ continued to
grow. Everything in his past religious life was dung
as long as he gained Christ. Paul said that all of
these things that were a gain to me were nothing
compared to KNOWING CHRIST.
In verse 9. Paul wrote about the righteous state of
his life through FAITH IN CHRIST.
Now, in verse 10, Paul expresses even a further desire
to KNOW CHRIST (read).
Paul wanted to be aquatinted with Christ in a more
intimate way. He experienced Him in salvation, He
continued to grow in his knowledge of Him throughout
his Christian life, and he expressed a desire to
continue to know Him even to a greater degree. In
addition to that fact, his desire to know Christ would
also be seen in his ...
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