Scripture: Philippians 3

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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No Confidence In The Flesh

Philippians 3:1-11 (WEB) 1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not tiresome, but for you it is safe. Beware of the dogs; beware of the evil workers; beware of the false circumcision. For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh; though I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If any other man thinks that he has confidence in the flesh, I yet more: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the assembly; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, found blameless.  However, I consider those things that were gain to me as a loss for Christ. Yes most certainly, and I count all things to be a loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own, that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith, 10 that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, becoming conformed to His death, 11 if by any means I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. 

Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul encourage the Philippian believers to do (Philippians 3:1)? Paul encouraged the Philippian believers to rejoice in the Lord.

2.  Of whom and what were the Philippian believers to beware (Philippians 3:2)? They were to beware of the dogs, the evil workers, the false circumcision. (F.Y.I. – the dogs were the men who were doing evil, those who were mutilators of the flesh.)

3. Who did Paul say were really those who were truly circumcised (Philippians 3:3a)? Paul said it was the believers who were circumcised (not of the flesh though but of the heart).

4. How did Paul describe those he believed were the circumcision (Philippians 3:3b)? Paul said they were those who worshipped God in the Spirit, rejoiced in Christ Jesus and had no confidence in the flesh.

5. What did Paul consider a loss for Christ (Philippians 3:4-7)? Paul considered those things such as: him being circumcised; his lineage: of stock of Israel, tribe of Benjamin and a Hebrew; him following the law, his being a Pharisee, his zeal; his persecution of the church as gain for him but loss for Christ.

6. What did Paul say about what was once profit to him (Philippians 3:7)? Paul said whatever was to his profit he now counted all to be a loss.  He counted them nothing but refuse.

7. What was the benefit of Paul counting the things he did as loss (Philippians 3:8-11)? Paul considered everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus his Lord, for whose sake he had lost all things.  He considered them rubbish, that he might gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of his own that came from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. Paul wanted to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow attaining to the resurrection of the dead.

Pressing On Toward The Goal

Philippians 3:12-21 (WEB) 12 Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect; but I press on, that I may take hold of that for which also I was taken hold of by Christ Jesus.  13 Brothers, I don’t regard myself as yet having taken hold, but one thing I do: forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, think this way. If in anything you think otherwise, God will also reveal that to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the extent that we have already attained, let’s walk by the same rule. Let’s be of the same mind.  17 Brothers, be imitators together of me, and note those who walk this way, even as you have us for an example. 18 For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, as the enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who think about earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will change the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of His glory, according to the working by which He is able even to subject all things to Himself.

Questions and Answers:

1. For what did Paul press on (Philippians 3:12)? Paul pressed on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of him.

2. What was Paul’s goal (Philippians 3:13-14)? Paul’s plan was to forget the things which were behind, and to stretch forward to the things which were before him.  He was going to press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

3. What did Paul encourage the Philippian believers to do (Philippians 3:15)? To think as he did.

4. What did Paul believe they should do (Philippians 3:16-17)? Paul wanted them to walk by the same rule; to be of the same mind; to imitate him; and to note those who walk with them.

5. What did Paul say about some people (Philippians 3:18)? Paul said some were walking as enemies of the cross of Christ.

6. What did Paul say would be their end (Philippians 3:19)? Paul said their end was destruction. Their god was the belly. Their glory was in their shame. And they thought about earthly things.

7. Where did Paul say the believers’ citizenship would be (Philippians 3:20)? Their citizenship was in heaven, from where their Savior would come.

8. What did Paul say about our body in heaven (Philippians 3:21)? Paul said our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ would change our body of humiliation to be conformed to His body.

HEAR the WORD

Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  What do you believe this verse means? My Bible notes: Paul said that his goal was to know Christ, to be like Him and to be all He had in mind for him.  We shouldn’t let anything take our eyes off our goal – knowing Christ.  We must lay aside everything that may distract us from being effective Christians.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Philippians 3:7-8 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.  More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ.

Philippians 3:10-11 All I want is to know Christ and the power that raised Him from death.  I want to share in His sufferings and be like Him even in His death.  Then there is hope that I myself will somehow be raised from death.

Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Is anything holding you back from doing all God wants you to do? We have all done things of which we are ashamed.  But we shouldn’t let our past repented of sins hold us back.  We can let go of our past guilt and look forward to what God will help us become.  Realize you are forgiven.  And then move on to a life of faith and obedience.  Look forward to a fuller and more meaningful life because of your hope in Christ.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

And share this message with others.  God forgives, forgets and moves forward and so should they.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will stay far from those who are Your enemies (Philippians 3:2). Lord, I pray we will consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Your Son Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:7-8).  Lord, I pray we will gain Christ and be found in Him (Philippians 3:8-9).  Lord, I pray we will know Christ and the power of His resurrection; the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings; becoming like Him in His death, and attaining the resurrection of the dead (Philippians 3:10-11).  Lord, I pray we will press on to take hold of that for which Your Son Christ Jesus took hold of us (Philippians 3:12).  Lord, I pray we will forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead (Philippians 3:13).  Lord, I pray we will press on toward the goal to win the prize for which You have called us heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).  Lord, I pray we will live up to what we have already attained (Philippians 3:16).  Lord, thank You for giving us citizenship in heaven (Philippians 3:20a). Lord, I pray we will eagerly await our Savior’s return and the transforming of our lowly body into a glorious body (Philippians 3:20b-21).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.   AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I look forward to exchanging our lowly body for a glorious body.” <>< Dona