January 19, 2003
INTRODUCTION: Paul's emphasis here is on gaining a
deeper knowledge and intimacy with Christ. There is a
vast difference between "knowing about Him," and
"knowing Him." Paul wanted his knowing Him to affect
His daily living.
Amplified Bible - Phil 3:10-11, "For my determined
purpose is that I may know Him that I may
progressively become more deeply and intimately
acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and
understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly
and more clearly, and that I may in that same way come
to know the power outflowing from His resurrection
which it exerts over believers, and that I may so
share His sufferings as to be continually transformed
in spirit into His likeness even to His death, in the
hope that if possible I may attain to the spiritual
and moral resurrection that lifts me out from among
the dead even while in the body."
I. DETERMINED PURPOSE. 10a
"Ginosko" - to know by personal experience. Aorist
tense which speaks of an intimate personal
relationship with Christ at a point in the past, but
having present implication; speaks of a major passion.
When O.T. writers spoke about the sexual relationship
of marriage, they would say that a man "knew' his
wife. This described the ultimate personal
relationship of marriage.
Word speaks of entering the deepest possible union
"Know" - has several different meanings in English.
It can mean "to have learned by serious study." To
learn by instruction; understanding. Paul wanted to
know Jesus in the truest biblical sense. Not to know
of by intellect only, but to know by intimacy.
Life's greatest knowledge is to know God.
EXAMPLE: Paul in Prison in Philippi Acts
16:23-26, "And when they had laid many stripes on
them, they threw them int ...
There are 8657 characters in the full content. This excerpt only shows a 2000 character sample of the full content.