Phil 3 1 11

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Nathan Ellis Box #621 Greg Trull BI202 January 24, 2006 Philippians 3:1-11 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh. For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worshiped by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh – though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless. But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What 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 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Continuity: 1) 3:7-11 – Throughout the passage, Paul uses “loss” and “gain” and other synonyms for those words to show how amazing an effect Christ has had on his life. He also uses them to show how opposite life is without Christ in his life. 2) 3:10-11 – “and” – Paul has a list of things he still wants to accomplish in his spiritual life, showing that he is by no means perfect which early churches could have thought of him. Climax: 3) 3:8 – “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things” – What I believe is the main topic of this passage. He wants to get across that they should avoid being like the heathens and false witnesses so they can have the best thing there is to have in life, because it follows through into death unlike anything else that Paul “counts as loss” and “rubbish.” Interchange: 4) 3:7 – “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss” – he considered his life profitable before “now” when he accepted Christ.
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5) 3:7 – “but whatever was to my profit” – verses 5 and 6 are what he considered “profitable” before he knew Christ. 6)
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