YOU MUST GIVE UP TO GO UP
September 5, 1999
INTRODUCTION: This title is not only a leadership
statement, it is a spiritual principle. Paul lost whatever
was gain to him personally apart from God. Even though
Paul was a scholar in the O.T. law and a religious leader
among the Pharisees, he did not have a relationship with
QUESTION: How could a sincere man like Saul of
Tarsus be so wrong? He was using the wrong
measuring stick! Saul was looking at the outside and not
the inside. He was comparing himself with standards set
by men, not by God.
Jim Elliot said, "He is no fool to give what he cannot keep
to gain what he cannot lose."
I. PAUL'S FAITH COMMITMENT. 7
A. FLESH'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS. 7a
"what things were gain to me" -- after itemizing his
accomplishments according to the flesh, Paul, using a
plural form for gain, stressing the many gains, lays them
out for personal evaluation (4-6)
B. FAITH'S ATTAINMENTS. 7b
"these I counted loss for Christ"
This verse teaches that something happened in Paul's
life that reversed his values. The things that had been
important to him were no longer of any consequence.
"counted" -- means 2 things (perfect tense)
1. Completed Act.
First word in verse 7 gives us a hint. On the Damascus
Road, God called an abrupt and absolute
halt to Saul's life. His entire frame of reference was
altered. His whole perspective changed. His way of
thinking and his way of life were radically transformed
from that day forward. All of his values were reversed.
Those things that were important to him were no longer
of any consequence.
Clarence McCartney said, "the bitterest foe became the
greatest friend. The blasphemer became the preacher of
Christ's love. The hand that wrote the indictment of the
disciples of Christ when he brought them before the
magistrates and into prison now penned epistl ...
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