Because he lives, we shall live also; his victory is our victory. i. Muller quoting Lightfoot: “The herds of dogs which prowl about Eastern cities, without a home and without an owner, feeding on the refuse and filth of the streets, quarreling among themselves, and attacking the passer-by, explain the applications of the image.”, ii. The power of his resurrection - In having this body of my humiliation raised from death, and made like unto his glorious body. (i) He had been circumcised when he was eight days old. Paul shared with the Philippians the principle of being able to rejoice in the Lord – not in circumstances or in situations, but in the Lord who works all things together for good. The true Christian worships God, not with outward forms and observances, but with the true devotion and the real sincerity of his heart. (Phl 3:1-2) Warning against the influence of legalistic Jews. His effort was put forth to do God’s will, not his own. (Psalms 69:9). They do not trust in their own ability to be righteous before God through external works (the flesh), but their only confidence is in Jesus. It is not simply intellectual knowledge, the knowledge of certain facts or even principles. i. Philippians 3:8-10 At times, the Bible uses "to know" as a euphemism for sexual intimacy. 4. (Phl 3:8) Paul’s gain in Jesus Christ. THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS PERSON. A verse-by-verse exegetical commentary on the Greek New Testament. e. Beware of evil workers: This describes both what these legalists do (working evil), but was also a word against their emphasis on righteousness with God by works. (iii) As far as zeal went, he had been a persecutor of the Church. If they do not, Paul trusted that God would reveal the necessity of having it. Real circumcision is devotion of heart and mind and life to God.". GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, The Whole Bible The Scotchman, too, wherever he may be, remembers the land of ‘brown heath and shaggy wood.’ And the Irishman, too, let him be where he will, still thinks the ‘Emerald Isle’ the first gem of the sea. Historical Books Wherever he taught, the Jews followed him and tried to undo his teaching. The real circumcision is not a mark in the flesh; it is that true worship, that true glory, and that true confidence in the grace of God in Jesus Christ. Not that they were necessarily focused on what they eat, but belly here has a broader reference to sensual indulgence in general. Their very name means The Separated Ones. They may have been Gnostics. Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Explanation and Commentary of Philippians 3:14. Because of that, righteousness nearly always for Paul has the meaning of a right relationship with God. THE ONLY TRUE CIRCUMCISION (Philippians 3:2-3 continued), (iii) Lastly, he calls them, the party of mutilation. Philippians 3 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. With us the dog is a well-loved animal, but it was not so in the East in the time of Jesus. The Christian awaits the coming of Christ, at which everything will be changed. Then he uses two vivid pictures. It may well be that one of our faults is our desire for novelty. So one should ask, “Why did Jesus lay hold of Paul?”. In Philippians 3:21 it speaks about our vile body. Verse 11 is a continuation of Paul’s personal testimony about his spiritual aspirations. But if a man is to be in special relationship with God, something far more is needed than a mark in his body. (i) It means to know the power of his Resurrection. There is a certain indestructibility in Christian joy; and it is so, because Christian joy is in the Lord. It often happens that men can stand the great sorrows and the great trials of life but are undone by what are almost minor inconveniences. The dogs were the pariah dogs, roaming the streets, sometimes in packs, hunting amidst the garbage dumps and snapping and snarling at all whom they met. The New Testament Just so... 3. 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. We cannot know everything that Paul meant by this phrase; but the Resurrection of Christ is the great dynamic in at least three different directions. What he means is: "Anyone who has come to be mature in the faith and knows what Christianity is must recognize the discipline and the effort and the agony of the Christian life." Pentateuch v. There is a significant contrast between the citizens of earth as described in Philippians 3:18-19 and the citizens of heaven as described in Philippians 3:20-21. b. J. Therefore, they said, it was a man's duty to plumb the depths of sin just as much as to scale the heights of virtue. What was the issue of his latest search? That was a thing which he never forgot. The Old Testament a. If anyone has reason to think that he has grounds for confidence in his human heritage and attainments, I have more. i. You will find yourselves collapse most terribly. THE WORTHLESSNESS OF THE LAW AND THE VALUE OF CHRIST (Philippians 3:8-9). Paul says, "You Jews think that you are circumcised; in point of fact, you are only mutilated.". It is not achieved by any man but given by God; not won by works but accepted in trust. The various gains are all counted as one loss.” (Wuest), ii. Clarke's Philippians 3:10 Bible Commentary That I may know him - To be the true and promised Messiah, and experience all that salvation which he has bought by his blood. Paul felt that when Christ stopped him on the Damascus Road, he had a vision and a purpose for Paul; and Paul felt that all his life he was bound to press on, lest he fail Jesus and frustrate his dream. a. Paul has just said that he came to the conclusion that all his Jewish privileges and attainments were nothing but a total loss. ii. It describes him with eyes for nothing but the goal. The Jew in essence trusted himself ; the Christian in essence trusts God. In Philippians 3:15 he again uses teleios (Greek #5046) and says that this must be the attitude of those who are teleios (Greek #5046). It was from the tribe of Benjamin that the first king of Israel had come (1 Samuel 9:1-2), and it was no doubt from that very king that Paul had been given his original name of Saul. Thus from the context we learn that eternal life involves an intimate and full knowledge of Jesus Christ (3:10), the complete release from "self" (3:10-11), or perfection (3:12), unhindered and perfect service rendered to God, complete and total satisfaction, and happiness and fulfillment (Revelation 21:4). c. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule: However, Paul would not allow a lack of understanding to excuse anyone from doing what he did know to be the Lord’s will. So here he says, "I came to that conclusion--and I still think so. So this is Paul's answer to the Jewish teachers. c. That I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me: Paul pressed on for what Jesus wanted. i. (i) He says that he is trying to grasp that for which he has been grasped by Christ. Philippians 3:10, NLT: "I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. That is calm, joyous, bright, but this is stormy and impassioned, full of flashing and scathing words.” (Maclaren). Pauline Epistles I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death," Philippians 3:1–11 warns Christians about the influence of false teachers, particularly those who add legalism on top of the gospel. This classic verse many Christians memorize or use as a life verse. When Saul is seeking to take his life, David's demand is: "After whom do you pursue? The ancient Greek word for rubbish had one of two uses. It was not a decision made in a moment of impulse, but one by which I still stand fast.". Within the Church there were two sets of people to whom these accusations might apply. As far as the Law goes, I was a Pharisee: as for zeal, I was a persecutor of the Churches: as for the righteousness which is in the Law, I was beyond blame. (Read Philippians 3:1-11) Sincere Christians rejoice in Christ Jesus. i. When it is used of offerings, it means without blemish and fit to offer God. The idea is that a man's Christian maturity cannot go beyond martyrdom. The *emperor Augustus allowed retired soldiers to live thereafter they had supported him in a battle in 31 *BC. It is the personal experience of another person. Remember that Paul wrote this having experienced more suffering than we will ever experience, and he wrote it from the custody of Roman soldiers. But Paul was certain that the only kind of righteousness there is comes from casting oneself freely upon the grace of God. i. Jesus was not merely resuscitated from the dead in the same body. The Jews would be quite sure that they were workers of righteousness. “The word ‘worship’ is the translation of the Greek word referring to the service of Jehovah by His peculiar people, the Jews. Again and again he speaks of it (Acts 22:2-21; Acts 26:4-23; 1 Corinthians 15:8-10; Galatians 1:13). “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). That is to say, he will never glory in any of his achievements or use them as an excuse for relaxation. We may suppose that Paul would be comfortable with either meaning in this context. Not that I have already attained: Paul wrote from such spiritual maturity and purity that we might expect he believed that he had conquered all spiritual difficulties and saw himself as having arrived at near perfection. Mar 1, 2017. So Paul says that in the Christian life we must forget every past achievement and remember only the goal which lies ahead. So far Paul has been stating the privileges which came to him by birth; now he goes on to state his achievements in the Jewish faith. 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. 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. Philippians 3:10-11 New International Version << Philippians 2 | Philippians 3 | Philippians 4 >> 10 I want to know Christ-yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. “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. ii. The enemies of the cross were really the opposite of the legalists, who celebrated their supposed liberty in Christ to the indulgence of their flesh. i. Jesus really can subdue all things. Quite suddenly Paul's accent changes to that of warning. Individual instructors or editors may still require the use of URLs. i. i. Paul did not mind reminding them because he was passionately concerned about certain dangers, and he would speak out strongly against them. The foundation for his spiritual life was in what Jesus had done for him and not in what he had done, was doing, or would do for Jesus in the future. Unless there were long periods when he never put pen to paper there must have been many more letters which are now lost. 2. Paul claims that not only was he a Jew who had retained his ancestral religion, but he had also devoted his whole life to its most rigorous observance. a. Circumcised the eighth day...: Paul first listed four things that were his possessions by birth, all reasons why he might have confidence in the flesh. of Scripture. This is the initiatory step. Paul knew that a race is won only in the present moment, not in the past or in the future. It is the cry of the Psalmist: "Zeal for thy house has consumed me." For many years I have jogged, but Ive never won a race. In point of fact the Ishmaelites could trace their descent to Abraham, for Ishmael was Abraham's son by Hagar; the Edomites could trace their descent to Isaac, for Esau, the founder of the Edomite nation, was Isaac's son; but it was the Israelites alone who could trace their descent to Jacob, whom God had called by the name of Israel. They began with the principle that from the beginning of time there had always been two realities--spirit and matter. 1. a. 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). When it is used of Christians, it often means baptized persons who are full members of the Church, as opposed to those who are still under instruction. Major Prophets This first counting was at his conversion; the second – some 30 years later – was in his Roman prison. Second, on account of the ill effects of their conduct. Historical Books Denomination: Christian/Church Of Christ. Jesus and Jesus alone is their joy. He does not mean by this that he is about to close the letter. It is a high calling because it is worthy of God. 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. 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). iii. When Spain led the world (in the 15th century), her coins reflected her national arrogance and were inscribed Ne Plus Ultra which meant “Nothing Further” – meaning that Spain was the ultimate in all the world. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. 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