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. A Hebrew was a Jew who was not only of pure racial descent but who had deliberately, and often laboriously, retained the Hebrew tongue. a. Paul claims that there was no demand of the Law which he did not fulfil. While it is wrong to put our trust in any man, it is hypocritical for any Christian to say, “Do as I say, not as I do.”. 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. (ii) To that end Paul says two things. 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. Major Prophets That I may know him. 4. He told the Philippians to note those who so walk in the way he spoke of, and he noted that the Philippians had us as a pattern (instead of saying that Paul was the only pattern). Pauline Epistles That is to say, he was not only an Israelite; he belonged to the elite of Israel. (Read Philippians 3:1-11) Sincere Christians rejoice in Christ Jesus. There were those who distorted the principle of Christian liberty. Who they were is not certain. He knew that the only way to peace was to abandon the way of human achievement and accept the way of grace. 5. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. He gave him time to repent; and not only so, but a heart to repent." “Dogs” is exactly the term of contempt Jews would use against Gentiles. 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. His only pride is that he is a man for whom Christ died. There was no perfectionism in Paul. Let us then try to see what Paul thinks about when he speaks about righteousness. mutilation of the body on a par with pagan practices forbidden in Leviticus 21:5.”. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point Yet Paul made it plain: these things I have counted loss for Christ. 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. Spurgeon thought that Paul wept for three reasons. THE INDESTRUCTIBLE JOY ( Philippians 3:1) 3:1 As for what remains, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. This is an important idea; yet sometimes Christians react to that idea by being passive. With us the dog is a well-loved animal, but it was not so in the East in the time of Jesus. b. 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. I tried to find it by strict adherence to the Jewish Law; but I found the Law and all its ways worse than useless to achieve that end. Without saying the words, they put forth the image of constant triumph that gives the idea that they have already attained and are already perfected. 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. 2. Paul claims not only to be a pure-blooded Jew but one who still spoke Hebrew. It is Paul's claim that he knew Judaism at its most intense and even fanatical heat. 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. For many years I have jogged, but Ive never won a race. First, on account of the guilt of these enemies of the cross of Christ. Paul is insisting that to the end of the day the Christian life is the life of an athlete pressing onwards to a goal which is always in front. Only we must always walk according to that standard which we have already reached. The idea is that a man's Christian maturity cannot go beyond martyrdom. (iii) We place no confidence in merely human things. By calling himself an Israelite, Paul stressed the absolute purity of his descent. 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. In Leviticus the sacred law-giver says that the uncircumcised hearts of Israel must be humbled to accept the punishment of God (Leviticus 26:41). The things that he had believed to be his glories were in fact quite useless. The Gospels Pentateuch a. Think of the holiness of George Herbert, the devoutness of Fletcher, or the zeal of Whitfield. Here and there at strategic military centres the Romans set down their colonies. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe. The great characteristic of these colonies was that, wherever they were, they remained fragments of Rome. Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. (c) It is the guarantee that in life and in death and beyond death the presence of the Risen Lord is always with us. They were those who denied that there was any law at all in the Christian life. Winners are a determined bunch. ii. WHAT IT MEANS TO KNOW CHRIST (Philippians 3:10-11). B. Lightfoot remarks that the verb memphesthai (Greek #3201), from which it comes, means to blame for sins of omission. i. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind: Those who are really mature will have this mind. Chapter 3. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: a. It is not simply intellectual knowledge, the knowledge of certain facts or even principles. 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). Paul sets down two very important things. A martyr is said to be perfected by the sword, and the day of his death is said to be the day of his perfecting. 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. Just so... 3. He is forgetting the things which are behind. Luke described the city called Philippi as a *Roman ‘*colony’(Acts 16:12). Philippians 3:10, NLT: "I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. After a dead dog! They read magazines about running; they set goals for themselves; they train a… Here was a picture the Philippians could understand. 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. i. iii. The trouble is not that of seeing its meaning; the trouble is that of finding one English word which covers all it includes. The Gospels Pentateuch Major Prophets For we are the circumcision: These Jewish legalists considered themselves the ones truly circumcised and right with God. It could describe excrement from the body or table scraps that were fit only to be thrown to the dogs. In Philippians 3:7 Paul said that he counted; in this verse he said I also count. B. Lightfoot translates it: "Vie with each other in imitating me." In retaliation, those owners persuaded the civil magistrates that Paul and Silas were So these Gnostics taught that gluttony and adultery and homosexuality and drunkenness were of no importance because they affect only the body which is of no importance. 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. Its basis is that the Christian lives for ever in the presence of Jesus Christ. A. 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). The Gospels This is interesting, for it must mean that Paul had written other letters to the Philippians which have not survived. You will never get into a right relationship with God by your own efforts in keeping the Law. THE WORTHLESSNESS OF THE LAW AND THE VALUE OF CHRIST (Philippians 3:8-9). 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). 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. Again and again he speaks of it (Acts 22:2-21; Acts 26:4-23; 1 Corinthians 15:8-10; Galatians 1:13). Minor Prophets Here the King James Version is dangerously misleading. If then, matter is essentially evil, the body is essentially evil and will remain evil whatever you do with it. However, they exorcised a slave girl of her spirit of divination––thus depriving her owners of a source of income. Remember that Paul wrote this having experienced more suffering than we will ever experience, and he wrote it from the custody of Roman soldiers. i. Jesus was not merely resuscitated from the dead in the same body. Therefore, do what you like with it; since it is evil anyhow it makes no difference what you do with it. When it is used of offerings, it means without blemish and fit to offer God. This “conformity to the image of Christ” ( Romans 8:29-30 )—with which compare the having “Christ formed … 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. Paul has just said that he came to the conclusion that all his Jewish privileges and attainments were nothing but a total loss. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, The Whole Bible (Phl 3:12-14) The future of Paul’s relationship with Jesus Christ. In such places the citizens were mostly soldiers who had served their time--twenty-one years--and who had been rewarded with full citizenship. All human achievement had to be laid aside, in order that he might accept the free grace of Christ. We also have a certain character as citizens of heaven. 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. (Phl 3:5-6) Paul’s reasons why he might have confidence in the flesh. Scripture: Philippians 3:1-11. In Revelation the word dog stands for those who are so impure that they are debarred from the Holy City (Revelation 22:15). 3. Wisdom Literature d. Being conformed to His death: This reminds us that being in Christ also means being “in” His death. But Paul wanted Jesus, not self. We do not tire of the foods which are the essentials of life. 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). Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. 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