The Context for Knowing Christ
Philippians 3:1-11
Paul assumes those who hear these words share in the Knowing of Christ.
Published September 17th, 2021
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Phrase 7-11
Knowing Christ Defined?
Phrase 7-11
Philippians 3:7-11
Counting All Lose
But whatever things were to me gain,
I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
The reason why
But still indeed, I count even everything as loss
The ultimate extent - EVERYTHING
because of the surpassingness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord,
The basis for it all
on account of whom I suffered the loss of all things
The Damascus Road?
and count them as rubbish,
The result of that encounter
in order that I may gain Christ
Purpose 1
and be found in him,
Purpose 2
—not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through the faithfulness of Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faithfulness —
The Prerequisite
that I may know him
Purpose 1/2 restated and expanded on the basis of righteousness
and know the power of his resurrection,
Purpose 1/2 restated and expanded on the basis of righteousness
and experience a sharing in his sufferings, being conformed to his death,
Purpose 1/2 restated and expanded on the basis of righteousness
if by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
The Ultimate Outcome
Knowing Christ Defined?
Philippians 2:1
2:1 Knowing Christ - The Grounds for Unity
So if there is any encouragement in Christ,
any comfort from love,
any participation in the Spirit,
any affection and sympathy,
Εἴ τις οὖν παράκλησις ἐν Χριστῷ, εἴ τι παραμύθιον ἀγάπης, εἴ τις κοινωνία πνεύματος, εἴ τις σπλάγχνα καὶ οἰκτιρμοί,
πληρώσατέ μου τὴν χαρὰν ἵνα τὸ αὐτὸ φρονῆτε, τὴν αὐτὴν ἀγάπην ἔχοντες, σύμψυχοι, τὸ ἓν φρονοῦντες,
μηδὲν κατʼ ἐριθείαν μηδὲ κατὰ κενοδοξίαν ἀλλὰ τῇ ταπεινοφροσύνῃ ἀλλήλους ἡγούμενοι ὑπερέχοντας ἑαυτῶν,
μὴ τὰ ἑαυτῶν ἕκαστος σκοποῦντες ἀλλὰ [καὶ] τὰ ἑτέρων ἕκαστοι.
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