When we believe this, it isn’t any surprise that we are then filled with joy. They are circumcised, not with the outward mark in the flesh, but with that inner circumcision of which the great law-givers and teachers and prophets spoke. ii. For Paul the Resurrection was not simply a past event in history, however amazing. i. It was not simply something which had happened to Jesus, however important it was for him. This righteousness through faith is a description of the act of justification (being declared righteous - Ro 5:1 - note). Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters, Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. 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. 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. 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. (Phl 3:21) The future work of our Savior: transforming our bodies. f. The upward call of God in Christ Jesus: As everything else, this upward call of God is only in Christ Jesus. (ii) Here also Paul sets down what we might call the necessity of repetition. (iii) As far as zeal went, he had been a persecutor of the Church. 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. This is because of the principle Paul explains in Colossians 2:23 – These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh. For them there was the possibility of the same kind of persecution, and even the same kind of death, as threatened himself. Though they ploughed his back with furrows, I do believe that never a tear was seen to gush from his eye while the soldiers scourged him. The Jew in essence trusted himself ; the Christian in essence trusts God. Philippians 3:10, NLT: "I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. 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. i. Paul says, "You Jews think that you are circumcised; in point of fact, you are only mutilated.". He is also reaching out for the things which are in front. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. Philippi was a Roman colony. He had experienced it at its highest point; and he knew that it was nothing compared with the joy which Christ had given. It wasn’t long after the time of Paul that Christians were martyred for refusing to call Caesar Lord, claiming that Jesus was the only Lord. 3 That I may be a partaker in the sufferings of Christ 4 That I may be conformed into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ A few short phrases outline everything necessary for a victorious Christian life. They were those who denied that there was any law at all in the Christian life. That is to say, he will never glory in any of his achievements or use them as an excuse for relaxation. When it is used of offerings, it means without blemish and fit to offer God. 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. Does not our love fervently flame towards heaven?” (Spugeon). Prophets 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. Homemaking, Homeschooling, Homesteading, Home Business and Other Stuff of Life. Second, on account of the ill effects of their conduct. a. God will reveal even this to you: Paul had great trust in the ability of the Lord to deal with His own people. [A previous revision of this page can be found here]. Please see Blue Letter Bible's Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. 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. Scripture: Philippians 3:1-11. J. This is where child-like faith meets real maturity. By calling himself an Israelite, Paul stressed the absolute purity of his descent. 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. It wasn’t so much that they were a loss by their very character, as much as he chose to regard them as loss. 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. Let all of you who have graduated in the school of Christ have the same attitude of mind to life. He is forgetting the things which are behind. The true Christian worships God, not with outward forms and observances, but with the true devotion and the real sincerity of his heart. (b) It is the guarantee of the life to come (Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 15:14 ff.). The basic thought of this passage is the uselessness of Law and the sufficiency of knowing Christ and accepting the offer of God's grace. “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. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a b. I have counted loss: Paul counted these things loss. v. “After twenty years or more of experience Paul had an opportunity of revising his balance-sheet, and looking again at his estimates, and seeing whether or not his counting was correct. He now lives by grace in the righteousness that comes through faith in Christ. They argued that a man could not be called complete until he had experienced everything that life had to offer, both good and bad. Wisdom Literature Luke described the city called Philippi as a *Roman ‘*colony’(Acts 16:12). Philippians 3 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. Philippians 3:8-10 At times, the Bible uses "to know" as a euphemism for sexual intimacy. (i) He had been circumcised when he was eight days old. iii. Unless there were long periods when he never put pen to paper there must have been many more letters which are now lost. 3 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. i. Savior was a title given to the Caesars. c. Rejoice in Christ Jesus: This also characterizes those of the true circumcision. "Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived and bore Cain" (Genesis 4:1). Paul claims that there was no demand of the Law which he did not fulfil. a. -------------------- But if a man is to be in special relationship with God, something far more is needed than a mark in his body. It was a plea unknown to the legalist, who must necessarily focus on his own performance and status to find some kind of peace with God. f. Who set their mind on earthly things: This describes the focus of their life. We do not tire of the foods which are the essentials of life. The Gospels b. (Phl 3:3-4) Paul defines the true circumcision. Mar 1, 2017. Wherever he taught, the Jews followed him and tried to undo his teaching. (Phl 3:10-11) Paul’s experience of a personal relationship with Jesus. Tony Reinke Nov 14, 2016 2K Shares Article. In Philippians 3:21 it speaks about our vile body. i. It is not achieved by any man but given by God; not won by works but accepted in trust. So this is Paul's answer to the Jewish teachers. In Hebrew the verb is yada' (Hebrew #3045) and in Greek it is translated by ginoskein (Greek #1097). If anyone has reason to think that he has grounds for confidence in his human heritage and attainments, I have more. As he went on, the cheerfulness and composure of his countenance were amazing to all the spectators." It was a dynamic power which operated in the life of the individual Christian. But such things as I could humanly reckon as profits, I came to the conclusion were all loss for the sake of Jesus Christ. Major Prophets We expect to eat bread and to drink water every day; and we must listen again and again to the truth which is the bread and the water of life. “It is a high calling because it comes from above, from God; the conception of it has emanated from His heart. Luke-Acts Paul has just said that he came to the conclusion that all his Jewish privileges and attainments were nothing but a total loss. Paul had been so zealous a Jew that he had tried to wipe out the opponents of Judaism. i. That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Because he lives, we shall live also; his victory is our victory. i. i. 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. b. c. Whose end is destruction: The word translated destruction is the same word used for perdition in other places (such as Philippians 1:28). I found it no better than skubala (Greek #4657)." And now tell you even weeping: The work and the end of these enemies was that they, in their disregard for God’s holiness, gave ammunition to the legalist’s accusation that Paul preached a cheap grace that required no commitment of the life. iv. The *emperor Augustus allowed retired soldiers to live thereafter they had supported him in a battle in 31 *BC. There were tens of thousands of them in Rome; and in Alexandria there were more than a million. We may enjoy the "fancy things" at meat times, but it is the basic foods on which we live. In 48 b.c. Luke-Acts It is the cry of the Psalmist: "Zeal for thy house has consumed me." ii. 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. Historical Books 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. The various gains are all counted as one loss.” (Wuest), ii. The New Testament 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. As Paul saw it, the Christian is the athlete of Christ. (i) He sets down what we might call the indestructibility of Christian joy. But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 3:8-9 Yes, and I still count all things loss, because of the all-surpassing value of what it means to know Jesus Christ, my Lord. (Phl 3:1-2) Warning against the influence of legalistic Jews. Luke-Acts They had little enough even to eat. J. Luke-Acts But where were they meantime? Minor Prophets He knew that the only way to peace was to abandon the way of human achievement and accept the way of grace. Chapter 3. Pentateuch The apostle Paul expressed his desire in Philippians 3:10,11 'That I may know Him [Christ], and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death' If you have known Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, you too should be expressing the same desires that are mentioned here. After being here near three weeks, one morning about three o'clock Mr. Wesley turned over, and, finding me awake, clapped me on the side, saying: 'Brother Nelson, let us be of good cheer: I have one whole side yet, for the skin is off but on one side!'" If then, matter is essentially evil, the body is essentially evil and will remain evil whatever you do with it. 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. i. Jeremiah speaks of the uncircumcised ear, the ear that will not hear the word of God (Jeremiah 6:10). There were in the Church at Philippi men whose conduct was an open scandal and who, by their lives, showed themselves to be the enemies of the Cross of Christ. So Paul sets out his credentials, not in order to boast but to show that he had enjoyed every privilege which a Jew could enjoy and had risen to every attainment to which a Jew could rise. So the people whom Paul attacks may have been the clever Gnostics who produced specious arguments to justify their sinning or they may have been misguided Christians who twisted the loveliest things into justification for the ugliest sins. These people were truly enemies of the cross of Christ, who did not want to follow Jesus by taking up His cross of self-denial (Matthew 16:24-26). Ultimate joy is found in Jesus! a. Major Prophets The Old Testament 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). i. Winners are a determined bunch. We must as much resist the temptation to depression and melancholy as we would to any form of sin.” (Meyer). And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; a. a. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: a. We also have a certain character as citizens of heaven. 4. But I press on: Because Paul realized that he had not arrived, there was only one option open for him. Philippians 3:10, 11. Curiously, often those who promote the idea of having confidence in the flesh are the same ones who are the least qualified to have such confidence. 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). “Just as a little child is a perfect human being, but still is far from perfect in all his development as man, so the true child of God is also perfect in all parts, although not yet perfect in all the stages of his development in faith.” (Muller), iv. Be of good cheer. I may attain: Paul didn’t doubt that he was saved, but he did long mightily for the completion of his salvation through the resurrection of his body. ii. Does he question the assurance of his salvation? We must first recognize him to be our own God and Savior, and One who is to be altogether longed for. We have seen it in its total severance from sin and sinners. For him, the … In Deuteronomy the Law brings together the price of a dog and the hire of a whore, and declares that neither must be offered to God (Deuteronomy 23:18). Israel was the name which had been specially given to Jacob by God after his wrestling with him (Genesis 32:28). It is worth noting in the passing that Bengel, one of the greatest interpreters of scripture who ever lived, translates this in a different way: "Become fellow-imitators with me in imitating Jesus Christ," but it is far more likely--as nearly all other interpreters are agreed--that Paul was able to invite his friends, not simply to listen to him, but also to imitate him. (ii) He calls them evil workers, workers of evil things. John Nelson was one of Wesley's most famous early preachers. 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. He was far more qualified than his legalizing opponents were to make such a claim. When the Jews wished to stress their special relationship to God in its most unique sense it was the word Israelite that they used. A Jew would be scandalized by the application of this word to a Gentile.” (Wuest). 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. When they returned from the exile, it was from the tribes of Benjamin and Judah that the nucleus of the reborn nation was formed (Ezra 4:1). “The word ‘apprehend’ is from the same Greek word translated ‘attained,’ but with a preposition prefixed which means in its local force ‘down.’ He wants to catch hold of it and pull it down, like a football player who not only wants to catch his man, but wants to pull him down and make him his own.” (Wuest), ii. (ii) To that end Paul says two things. To suffer for the faith is not a penalty, it is a privilege, for thereby we share the very work of Christ. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. 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." 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. “How heartily the Germans sing of the dear old fatherland; but they cannot, with all their Germanic patriotism, they cannot beat the genial glow of the Briton’s heart, when he thinks of his fatherland too. iii. The great basic problem of life is to find fellowship with God and to be at peace and in friendship with him. All human achievement had to be laid aside, in order that he might accept the free grace of Christ. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point The righteousness which is from God by faith: Paul here exposed the great difference between the legal relationship stressed by his opponents and his personal connection with Jesus Christ. Phinehas had saved the people from the wrath of God, and been given an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for his God (Numbers 25:11-13). ii. “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). John 3:16, Jesus faith love), The Whole Bible 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. ii. So, then, Paul claims that from his birth he was a God-fearing, Law-observing Jew; that his lineage was as pure as Jewish lineage could be; and that he belonged to the most aristocratic tribe of the Jews. 4. The Resurrection of Christ is the guarantee that this life is worth living and that the physical body is sacred; it is the guarantee that death is not the end of life and that there is a world beyond; it is the guarantee that nothing in life or in death can separate us from him. That I may know Him: This was the simple plea of Paul’s heart. Just as the Philippians could consider themselves citizens of Rome and were under Roman laws and customs (even though they were in fact far from Rome) so Christians should consider themselves citizens of heaven. This is where at least some of the Jews made the mistake. i. A man must always have a care that he is not himself guilty of the sins of which he accuses others. He regards these people as enemies of the cross of Christ. Paul is not saying here that he desires sexual intimacy with Christ, but … 1. Again and again he speaks of it (Acts 22:2-21; Acts 26:4-23; 1 Corinthians 15:8-10; Galatians 1:13). Where do you find yourself after reading their lives? Read that through, if you are a minister, and it will burst many of your windbags. Johannine Writings (a) It is the guarantee of the importance of this life and of this body in which we live. When we say that men are enemies of the cross, we do not mean that they are enemies of a physical representation of the cross. Poetical Books Wisdom Literature 3:1 As for what remains, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. Peritemnein (Greek #4059) means to circumcise; katatemnein means to mutilate, as in Leviticus 21:5, which describes forbidden self-mutilation, such as castration. It describes him with eyes for nothing but the goal. Philippians 3:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Philippians 3:11, NIV: "and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead." Historical Books By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. In Philippians 3:7 Paul said that he counted; in this verse he said I also count. Maclaren imagines Paul saying it like this: “I will not call them the circumcision, they have not been circumcised, they have only been gashed and mutilated, it has been a mere fleshly maiming.”, iii. Joy In Jesus Series Contributed by Jeffery Anselmi on Oct 30, 2020 | 867 views. A verification email has been sent to the address you provided. 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. He died to all human ambition. -------------------- 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). mutilation of the body on a par with pagan practices forbidden in Leviticus 21:5.”. Looking at what is in the past often keeps us from what God has for us in the future. 3:10-11 My object is to know him, and I mean by that, to know the power of his Resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, while I continue to be made like him in his death, if by any chance I may attain to the resurrection of the dead. The prize is the call itself, not the benefits that come from the call or any other thing. For we are the circumcision: These Jewish legalists considered themselves the ones truly circumcised and right with God. There was no turning back for Him. 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. Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding. The New Testament 4. We often let those things which are behind distract us, whether they be good things or bad things. Philippians 3:10-16 New International Version (NIV) 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. The tribe of Benjamin had a special place in the aristocracy of Israel. 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 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. b. Does Christianity Make Life Harder? Historical Books Take the life of Brainerd amongst the Indians, or of Baxter in our own land. In this passage the key-word is righteousness. (Phl 3:8) Paul’s gain in Jesus Christ. First, on account of the guilt of these enemies of the cross of Christ. For many years I have jogged, but Ive never won a race. This “conformity to the image of Christ” ( Romans 8:29-30 )—with which compare the having “Christ formed … Here Paul rounds upon these Jewish teachers who were seeking to undo his work. They worship God in the Spirit, as opposed to the fleshly and external worship emphasized by these legalists. Paul visited Philippi again onhis third journey (Acts 20:1-6). It is the proof that his promise to be with us always to the end of the world is true. Not that they were necessarily focused on what they eat, but belly here has a broader reference to sensual indulgence in general. The effect of their teaching was to take men further away from God instead of to bring them nearer to him. It describes the man who is going flat out for the finish. 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