The Surpassing Worth of JesusSeries: None of Self and All of Thee
During August, we’ve been talking about what it means to selflessly follow Christ. Last week we were in Philippians 3.3-8. Today we’ll examine 3.8-11. This is all very personal for Paul. “I” and “my” are used numerous times. It’s first-person testimony. He is saying that he looked at everything he had and would count it as loss for Jesus. What did Paul gain when he gave up all those things?
Philippians 3.8 - Salvation Begins With Knowledge of Christ
- 3.8a - Indeed is written emphatically. “way beyond.”
- 3.7 - NASU - whatever things - refers to things like those mentioned in 3.5-6.
- 3.8 - NASU - all things counted as loss. (everything ESV)
- 3.8b - I count everything as loss is “I am counting….” It’s continual. Ongoing.
- 3.8c - because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
- Knowing here is a noun and describes a “Personal acquaintance.”
- Salvation involves a relationship where a person knows Christ.
- What is this knowledge? The experience of love. It’s personal: My Lord.
- 3.9a - how deep is it? And be found in Him.
- Galatians 2.20 - we don't know where we end and where He begins.
Philippians 3.9 - Salvation involves the righteousness of Christ:
- Philippians 3.9a - Paul had been living inside manmade externals.
- Philippians 3.9b - the righteousness from God that depends on faith.
- Isaiah 64.6 - all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
- 2 Corinthians 5.14-15
Philippians 3.10a - Salvation Provides Power
- 3.10 - know is ongoing. Power is spiritual energy.
- He experienced it in two ways:
- Jesus’ resurrection power saved him. See Romans 6.4-6.
- Jesus’ power was a continued resource against temptation, trials, etc.
- Colossians 1.11 - we can experience the power of Christ.
- Ephesians 3.20 - The power of Christ is what gives you victory in life.
Philippians 3.10b - Salvation Brings Fellowship with Christ
- Philippians 3.10b - and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
- Share means “fellowship, partnership, or deep communion.”
- We are not alone when we experience suffering. See 2 Corinthians 12.9-10.
Philippians 3.11 - Salvation Results in the Glory of Christ
- 3.11 - resurrection from the dead. It’s a graphic term - “resurrection … from the corpses.”
- 1 Thessalonians 4.16 - the dead in Christ will arise first.
- Philippians 3.20-21 - what day was Paul looking forward to?
- John 5.29 - Everyone will be resurrected. Only one way to experience the resurrection of life, and that is by the power of Jesus.
- What will you give in exchange for your soul?