Interactive Bible study with John Piper. i. Benjamin was the child of Rachel, the well-loved wife of Jacob, and of all the twelve patriarchs he alone had been born in the Promised Land (Genesis 35:17-18). But I press on meant that Paul had put his hand to the plow and refused to look back (Luke 9:62). i. i. He exclaims with very special emphasis, ‘Yea doubtless; and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.’ ” (Spurgeon). Philippians 3 Resources - multiple sermons and commentaries but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One) (Amp) But - see term of contrast. ii. a. There is no doubt that Paul is here speaking to the antinomians. i. It is no trouble to me to write the same things to you, and for you it is safe. So Paul states his attainments. ii. i. And the power of His resurrection: Knowing Jesus means knowing this power, the new life that is imparted to us now, not when we die. When God entered into his special covenant with Abraham, circumcision was laid down as its eternal sign. "It pleased God," wrote the father, "not to cut him off in his sins. Now, circumcision is only a sign in the flesh, something done to a man's body. It is the proof that his promise to be with us always to the end of the world is true. “He disowns his own righteousness as eagerly as other men disown their sins, and he highly esteems the righteousness which Christ has wrought out for us, which becomes ours by faith.” (Spurgeon). The Whole Bible The ancient Greek word for rubbish had one of two uses. Read that through, if you are a minister, and it will burst many of your windbags. This is demonstrated by the place and circumstances under which Paul wrote this letter – a Roman prison, where he truly could say that he had suffered the loss of all things. f. Beware of the mutilation: Here is another harsh reference to the insistence of these Jewish legalists on requiring circumcision for Gentiles who wanted to become Christians. Philippians 3:10-21; Progressive Sanctification: To live in a manner worthy of the gospel, we must become more and more like the Lord Jesus Christ. They stubbornly refused to be assimilated to the nations amongst whom they lived; they retained faithfully their own religion and their own customs and their own laws. A verification email has been sent to the address you provided. It was the teaching of these Jews that, if a man wished to be saved, he must earn credit in the sight of God by countless deeds of the law; and, further that salvation belonged to the Jews and to no one else, and that, before God could have any use for him, a man must be circumcised and, as it were, become a Jew. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. A verse-by-verse exegetical commentary on the Greek New Testament. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. This is what grieved Paul so at their teaching. He cast up his accounts with caution, and observed with a diligent eye his losses and his gains.” (Spurgeon). 2. But Paul declared that he and his followers were the true circumcision. It was not simply something which had happened to Jesus, however important it was for him. (ii) He calls them evil workers, workers of evil things. It was something that he had not yet attained and longed for. Israel was the name which had been specially given to Jacob by God after his wrestling with him (Genesis 32:28). mutilation of the body on a par with pagan practices forbidden in Leviticus 21:5.”. The New Testament For many walk: With great sadness, Paul realizes that there are many who walk in a manner contrary to what he teaches. Minor Prophets We need concrete examples. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. Paul has just said that he came to the conclusion that all his Jewish privileges and attainments were nothing but a total loss. He knew that he was not a sinless or perfect example, yet he was still a good example. Roman dress was worn; Roman magistrates governed; the Latin tongue was spoken; Roman justice was administered; Roman morals were observed. b. All these things Paul might have claimed to set down on the credit side of the balance; but when he met Christ, he wrote them off as nothing more than bad debts. We must as much resist the temptation to depression and melancholy as we would to any form of sin.” (Meyer). “He wants to know in an experiential way the power of Christ’s resurrection. Paul began this verse with the idea that Jesus Christ had laid hold of him. Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. ii. J. “I never read that the apostle wept when he was persecuted. To that thought he now returns and defines more closely what he means. Paul here put a personal relationship with Jesus Christ at the very center of the Christian’s life. Julius Caesar was declared to be “the universal savior of mankind.” It then became a common title for the ruling Caesar. He does not mean by this that he is about to close the letter. “It is a high calling because it comes from above, from God; the conception of it has emanated from His heart. So one should ask, “Why did Jesus lay hold of Paul?”. If anyone has reason to think that he has grounds for confidence in his human heritage and attainments, I have more. 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Luke-Acts But such things as I could humanly reckon as profits, I came to the conclusion were all loss for the sake of Jesus Christ. “The Greek word points out the strong exertions made in the race; every muscle and nerve is exerted, and he puts forth every particle of his strength in running. 1. But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. (i) He sets down what we might call the indestructibility of Christian joy. So here he says, "I came to that conclusion--and I still think so. According to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself: This is possible only because the God we serve is omnipotent. i. Jesus and Jesus alone is their joy. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. Pauline Epistles That is a wonderful thought. (Phl 3:17) The good example of walking the walk: Paul and others. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, THE WORTHLESSNESS OF THE LAW AND THE VALUE OF CHRIST (. He didn’t have the attitude that if he failed to convince them, they would then never be convinced. If then, matter is essentially evil, the body is essentially evil and will remain evil whatever you do with it. I. The writer of Exodus speaks of uncircumcised lips (Exodus 6:12). Here the King James Version is dangerously misleading. A burning zeal for God was the hall-mark of Jewish religion. A Jew would be scandalized by the application of this word to a Gentile.” (Wuest). After the discovery of the New World, she realized that she was not the end of the world, so Spain changed the inscription on her coinage to Plus Ultra meaning “More Beyond.” In the same pattern, some Christian lives say, “Nothing Further” and others say “More Beyond.”. They say he is food: my spirit feeds on him as on the bread of heaven, and, therefore, I know him as such.” (Spurgeon). 3:12-16 Not that I have already obtained this, or that I am already all complete but I press on to try to grasp that for which I have been grasped by Jesus Christ. 3:2-3 Be on your guard against the dogs; be on your guard against the evil workers; be on your guard against the party of mutilation; for we are the truly circumcised, we who worship in the Spirit of God; we whose proud boast is in Jesus Christ, we who place no confidence in merely human things. It was to Israel that they in the most special sense traced their heritage. And be found in Him: Because Paul was in Him, he could renounce his own righteousness and live by the righteousness which is from God by faith. Their joy is not found in their own ability to be justified by the law or by their law-keeping. This wasn’t merely theological theory and ideas, but a lived-out connection with God. As a *Roman *colony, itscitizens possessed the same rights and laws as those who lived in Italy. “That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death.”. So what Paul says is, "If you have nothing to show but circumcision of the flesh, you are not really circumcised--you are only mutilated. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind: Those who are really mature will have this mind. The point is this. They had separated themselves off from all common life and from all common tasks in order to make it the one aim of their lives to keep every smallest detail of the Law. The legalists might say they followed the upward call of God, but they certainly didn’t do it in Christ Jesus; instead they did it in the efforts of their own flesh. 4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. Paul could say not only, "Listen to my words," but also, "Follow my example." (ii) To that end Paul says two things. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. “We are bidden, therefore, to beware of men of a quarrelsome and contentious spirit, who under the guise of religion hide impure and unclean things; and who are not only defiled, but defiling in their influence.” (Meyer). Quite suddenly Paul's accent changes to that of warning. From one point of view it looked as if Christianity was a grim job. 3. Philippians 3:10. “They tell me he is a refiner, that he cleanses from spots; he has washed me in his precious blood, and to that extent I know him. They became Greek-speaking of necessity because they lived and moved in a Greek environment. That I may know him - That I may be fully acquainted with his nature, his character, his work, and with the salvation which he has worked out. Scripture: Philippians 3:10, Ephesians 3:19, Psalms 30:5, Matthew 1:23. Paul sets down two very important things. He had experienced it at its highest point; and he knew that it was nothing compared with the joy which Christ had given. (iii) We place no confidence in merely human things. In 1756 a letter came to John Wesley from a father who had a prodigal son. I found it no better than skubala (Greek #4657)." Poetical Books This verb indicates the most intimate knowledge of another person. a. Martin on the mutilation: “By a pun, he mockingly calls it a mere cutting, katatome, i.e. This was a goal that was worth any means to Paul. -------------------- GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Use semicolons to separate groups: 'Gen;Jdg;Psa-Mal' or 'Rom 3-12;Mat 1:15;Mat 5:12-22', There are options set in 'Advanced Options', The Whole Bible (Phl 3:20) Our citizenship and our Lord. (Phl 3:15-16) Paul exhorts the Philippians to adopt this same attitude. 3 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. (i) We worship in the Spirit of God; or, we worship God in the Spirit. What was the issue of his latest search? There were tens of thousands of them in Rome; and in Alexandria there were more than a million. It was in the body that Christ rose and it is this body which he sanctifies (1 Corinthians 6:13 ff.). The great basic problem of life is to find fellowship with God and to be at peace and in friendship with him. (10) Inseparably connected with the possession of this “righteousness of God” is the knowledge of Christ, or more exactly, the gaining the knowledge of Christ (see Philippians 3:8 ), by conformity both to His suffering and death, and also to His resurrection. d. Beware of dogs: This was a harsh reference to the troublemaking legalists who attempted to deceive the Philippians. The idea is that a man's Christian maturity cannot go beyond martyrdom. There were those who distorted the Christian doctrine of grace. This was all done with the idea that someone must become a Jew first before they could become a Christian. (2) I dont have the attitude it takes to win. This abiding joy is fitting for the believer because it shows that we really do trust in a God whom we really believe is in control. i. Not that they were necessarily focused on what they eat, but belly here has a broader reference to sensual indulgence in general. He pressed on for the prize. Here and there at strategic military centres the Romans set down their colonies. Therefore, do what you like with it; since it is evil anyhow it makes no difference what you do with it. That was a thing which he never forgot. Johannine Writings ii. iii. These words had particular relevance to Paul who faced possible martyrdom. You can get into a right relationship with God only by taking Jesus Christ at his word, and by accepting what God himself offers to you.". Philippians 3 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. 4. He stresses the fact that he had been born into the Jewish faith and had known its privileges and observed its ceremonies since his birth. He was never ashamed to confess his shame and to tell men that once he had hated the Christ whom now he loved and sought to obliterate the Church which now he served. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. For his sake I have had to undergo a total abandonment of all things, and I count them as nothing better than filth fit for the refuse heap, that I may make Christ my own, and that it may be clear to all that I am in him, not because of any righteousness of my own, that righteousness whose source is the Law, but because of the righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, the righteousness whose source is God and whose basis is faith. When it is used of offerings, it means without blemish and fit to offer God. He has another ‘finally’ in Philippians 4:8. “The word [rubbish] means the vilest dross or refuse of any thing; the worst excrement. Men whose whole minds are earthbound! It is right that the patriot should love his country. The very language Paul uses to describe the Law--excrement--shows the utter disgust for the Law which his own frustrated efforts to live by it had brought him; and the joy that shines through the passage shows how triumphantly adequate he found the grace of God in Jesus Christ. He is also reaching out for the things which are in front. Rather it seemed to be a danger brought on by pressure, both from the outside (Philippians 1:27-30) and from the inside (Philippians 3:2). Paul had discovered that a right relationship with God is based not on Law but on faith in Jesus Christ. It is not achieved by any man but given by God; not won by works but accepted in trust. The problems of unity facing the Philippians did not spring from great problems with carnality as was the case with the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 3:1-4). By calling himself an Israelite, Paul stressed the absolute purity of his descent. ii. Share this page using one of these tools: Email / username or password was incorrect! He had to divest himself of every human claim of honour that he might accept in complete humility the mercy of God in Jesus Christ. It had been the commandment of God to Abraham: "He that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you" (Genesis 17:12); and that commandment had been repeated as a permanent law of Israel (Leviticus 12:3). Minor Prophets Yet Paul made it plain: these things I have counted loss for Christ. Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. THE INDESTRUCTIBLE JOY ( Philippians 3:1) 3:1 As for what remains, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. Philippians 3:10. The word is amemptos (Greek #273), and J. Like any good teacher, Paul was never afraid of repetition. 4. Yet indeed: “The translation of five particles, which latter are literally translated, ‘yea, indeed, therefore, at least, even,’ and show the force and passion of Paul’s conviction.” (Wuest). Luke-Acts The only boast of the Christian is not in what he has done for himself but in what Christ has done for him. Leke Enoch on Philippians 3:10 Knowing him is when u desire, Longeth and thirst to know more abt christ...When u know him, the power of his ressurection will be revealed to humanity...Desire more of HIM today and u will never regret it Let 's ask ourselves this question that, why did Apostle Paul later made this conviction Again and again he speaks of it (Acts 22:2-21; Acts 26:4-23; 1 Corinthians 15:8-10; Galatians 1:13). Brothers, I do not count myself to have obtained; but this one thing I do--forgetting the things which are behind, and reaching out for the things which are in front, I press on towards the goal, in order that I may win the prize which God's upward calling in Christ Jesus is offering to me. To suffer for the faith is not a penalty, it is a privilege, for thereby we share the very work of Christ. Paul said a lot by using this word against these Jewish-influenced legalists. And, therefore, even in circumstances where joy would seem to be impossible and there seem to be nothing but pain and discomfort, Christian joy remains, because not all the threats and terrors and discomforts of life can separate the Christian from the love of God in Christ Jesus his Lord (Romans 8:35-39). The trouble is not that of seeing its meaning; the trouble is that of finding one English word which covers all it includes. He was so loyal a Jew that he had never lost the Hebrew speech; he was not only a religious Jew, he was a member of their strictest and the most self-disciplined sect; he had had in his heart a burning zeal for what he had thought was the cause of God; and he had a record in Judaism in which no man could mark a fault. It is Paul's claim that he knew Judaism at its most intense and even fanatical heat. 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He knew what it was to be a Jew in the highest sense of the term, and had deliberately abandoned it all for the sake of Jesus Christ. "Your joy," said Jesus, "no one will take from you" (John 16:22). Pentateuch In the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, part of the torture of Lazarus is that the street dogs annoy him by licking his sores (Luke 16:21). This is interesting, for it must mean that Paul had written other letters to the Philippians which have not survived. Luke described the city called Philippi as a *Roman ‘*colony’(Acts 16:12). It is important to note the verb which he uses for to know. In such places the citizens were mostly soldiers who had served their time--twenty-one years--and who had been rewarded with full citizenship. If the Christian really walks with Christ, he walks with joy. f. The upward call of God in Christ Jesus: As everything else, this upward call of God is only in Christ Jesus. This first counting was at his conversion; the second – some 30 years later – was in his Roman prison. Who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body: Our Savior can do and will do something that no Caesar can. By this claim Paul makes it clear that he is not an Ishmaelite, for the Ishmaelites were circumcised in their thirteenth year (Genesis 17:25), nor a proselyte who had come late into the Jewish faith and been circumcised in manhood. So, then, Paul is saying, "I found the Law and all its ways of no more use than the refuse thrown on the garbage heap to help me to get into a right relationship with God. First, on account of the guilt of these enemies of the cross of Christ. After a dead dog! But Paul wanted Jesus, not self. They tell me that he is a breaker, and that he breaks fetters, he has set my soul at liberty, and therefore I know him. -------------------- “The word ‘worship’ is the translation of the Greek word referring to the service of Jehovah by His peculiar people, the Jews. But Paul was certain that the only kind of righteousness there is comes from casting oneself freely upon the grace of God. Paul had to contend with people like this in 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 and Romans 6, who thought that salvation comes without repentance and conversion, and who thought that as long as your soul was saved, it didn’t matter what you did with your body. PDF eBook. It would be the equivalent in England of saying that he came over with the Normans or in America that he traced his descent to the Pilgrim fathers. This classic verse many Christians memorize or use as a life verse. In common language it was popularly derived from kusi (compare Greek #2965) ballomena (Greek #906), which means that which is thrown to the dogs; and in medical language it means excrement, (dung, as the King James Version translates it). Paul means something when he applies the title to Jesus in the context of citizenship. Paul says to the Philippians, "Just as the Roman colonists never forget that they belong to Rome, you must never forget that you are citizens of heaven; and your conduct must match your citizenship.". i. The futility of a relationship with God based on the principle of law. ii. But in it and beyond it all there was joy. “Brethren, it is a very healthy thing for us who are ministers to read a biography like that of M’Cheyne. (iii) As far as zeal went, he had been a persecutor of the Church. (Phl 3:21) The future work of our Savior: transforming our bodies. Think of the holiness of George Herbert, the devoutness of Fletcher, or the zeal of Whitfield. That is to say, he will never glory in any of his achievements or use them as an excuse for relaxation. The Old Testament uses to know of sexual intercourse. There was no turning back for Him. Scripture: Philippians 3:1-11. Denomination: Assembly Of God. It is the same in Greek thought; the dog stands for everything that is shamelessly unclean. I pray may God help us all IJN. In by far the most of them it does not signify what we might call abstract perfection but a kind of functional perfection, adequacy for some given purpose. The things that he had believed to be his glories were in fact quite useless. There are at least three reasons Ive never won: (1) Ive only entered one race so far in my life. Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding. Paul wanted to know and experience the power of Jesus’ resurrection. That is, he wants to experience the same power that raised Christ from the dead surging through his own being, overcoming sin in his life and producing the Christian graces.” (Wuest), ii. i. I was circumcised when I was eight days old: I am of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin: I am a Hebrew, born of Hebrew parents. iv. When Saul is seeking to take his life, David's demand is: "After whom do you pursue? Their very name means The Separated Ones. We have seen it in its total severance from sin and sinners. Paul sets down two very important things. Rather it seemed to be a danger brought on by pressure, both from the outside (Philippians 1:27-30) and from the inside (Philippians 3:2). So when Paul uses the word in Philippians 3:12, he is saying that he is not by any means a complete Christian but is for ever pressing on. Trouble to me, just as I also count he lived but also, `` you think! 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