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 into prison, commanding the
jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a
charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened
their feet in the stocks.
But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and
singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening
to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so
that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and
immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s
chains were loosed."
EXAMPLE: Paul's Shipwreck
Acts 27:22-23, "And now I urge you to take heart, for
there will be no loss of life among you, but only of
the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of
the God to whom I belong and whom I serve."
Acts 27:35-36, "And when he had said these things, he
took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of
them all; and when he had broken it he began to eat.
Then they were all encouraged, and also took food
How do I come to know Him better?
"One gains such ...
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