OUTLINE III. Paul’s Appeal to Have the Knowledge of Christ 3:1-21 A. Warning against Confidence in the flesh, 1-9 B. Exhortation to Know Christ, 10-16 C. Warning against Living for the flesh, 17-21
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble forme to write the same things to you again, and it is asafeguard for you. Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those 2mutilators of the flesh. 3For it is we who are thecircumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, whoglory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in theflesh— 4though I myself have reasons for suchconfidence.If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence inthe flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, ofthe people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew ofHebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6as for zeal,persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness,faultless.
But 7 whatever was to my profit I now consider lossfor the sake of Christ. 8What is more, I considereverything a loss compared to the surpassinggreatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whosesake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, thatI may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having arighteousness of my own that comes from the law, butthat which is through faith in Christ—the righteousnessthat comes from God and is by faith
OUTLINE III. Paul’s Appeal to Have the Knowledge of Christ A. Warning against Confidence in the flesh, 1-9Confidence in the flesh, v 4, this is what the Jews are promoting: a righteousness based on heritage and accomplishment, not on Christ Jesus.4-6 Paul’s ―qualifications‖ as a Jew. Tribe of Benjamin was an elite group within Israel. Pharisee, the spiritual elite.
OUTLINE III. Paul’s Appeal to Have the Knowledge of Christ A. Warning against Confidence in the flesh, 1-9Why did Paul repeat essential truths to the Philippians?Why did Paul view his former accomplishments as ―rubbish‖?What was Paul’s status in Christ?
. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrectionand the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming likehim in his death, 11and so, somehow, to attain to theresurrection from the dead. 12Not that I have alreadyobtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but Ipress on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took holdof me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to havetaken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behindand straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on towardthe goal to win the prize for which God has called meheavenward in Christ Jesus. 15All of us who are mature should take such a view ofthings. And if on some point you think differently, that tooGod will make clear to you. 16Only let us live up to whatwe have already attained.
OUTLINE III. Paul’s Appeal to Have the Knowledge of Christ B. Exhortation to Know Christ, 10-16v. 10, ―becoming like Him‖, the idea that Paul and ALL believers are caught up into Christ and are linked together with Him to share with Him in all the events of His life including His death and resurrection.v. 13, ―forgetting what is behind,‖ cease looking at the past, (persecuting the church in Paul’s case)v. 14, ―goal‖, the word means the mark on the track that signifies the end of the race, ―the prize‖, the moment at the end of the race where the winner is called forward to receive the metal or trophyv. 15, ―mature‖, this is the same word that is translated ―perfect‖ in verse 12.
OUTLINE III. Paul’s Appeal to Have the Knowledge of Christ B. Exhortation to Know Christ, 10-16What was Paul’s testimony?What was Paul’s goal?What did Paul hope for the believers who disagreed with him?
17Join with others in following my example, brothers,and take note of those who live according to the patternwe gave you. 18For, as I have often told you before andnow say again even with tears, many live as enemies ofthe cross of Christ. 19Their destiny is destruction, theirgod is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame.Their mind is on earthly things. 20But our citizenship isin heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, theLord Jesus Christ, 21who, by the power that enableshim to bring everything under his control, will transformour lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
OUTLINE III. Paul’s Appeal to Have the Knowledge of Christ C. Warning against Living for the flesh, 17-21V. 17 ―follow my example‖. Paul is speaking of his example to strive imitate Christ, not that he has somehow attained perfection (from V 12)V. 20 ―eagerly await‖, the Greek verb here is used in most passages about the second coming and expresses the idea of waiting patiently with great expectation.(Rom 8:23)V. 21 ―lowly bodies‖ in contrast to those who thought perfection was possible here on earth. Our bodies will be transformed into a spiritual body.
OUTLINE III. Paul’s Appeal to Have the Knowledge of Christ C. Warning against Living for the flesh, 17-21How did Paul describe God’s enemies?Where do we as Christians have our citizenship?What characterizes citizens of heaven?
Key Verses Chapter 1:21For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Key Verses Chapter 2:3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
Key Verses Chapter 3:8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ
Key Verses Chapter 4:13I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.