commentary on philippians 3:10

Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ. e. If, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead: Paul was not morbidly focused on suffering and death in the Christian life. Though they ploughed his back with furrows, I do believe that never a tear was seen to gush from his eye while the soldiers scourged him. This classic verse many Christians memorize or use as a life verse. For them there was the possibility of the same kind of persecution, and even the same kind of death, as threatened himself. 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There were not very many Pharisees, never more than six thousand, but they were the spiritual athletes of Judaism. This is a claim that Paul makes more than once (Acts 22:3; Acts 23:6; Acts 26:5). b. Preaching and teaching and studying the side-issues may be attractive, and these have their place, but the fundamental truths can neither be spoken nor heard too often for the safety of our souls. 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. This verb indicates the most intimate knowledge of another person. d. Whose god is their belly: This describes the idolatry of these enemies. 1. Paul began this verse with the idea that Jesus Christ had laid hold of him. e. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus: The prize is the upward call of God. Now, circumcision is only a sign in the flesh, something done to a man's body. We do not tire of the foods which are the essentials of life. A verse-by-verse exegetical commentary on the Greek New Testament. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. Remember that Paul wrote this having experienced more suffering than we will ever experience, and he wrote it from the custody of Roman soldiers. His worship is love of God and service of men. “Paul’s ‘finally’ here is not the ‘finally’ of the present day preacher. “Just as a little child is a perfect human being, but still is far from perfect in all his development as man, so the true child of God is also perfect in all parts, although not yet perfect in all the stages of his development in faith.” (Muller), iv. General Epistles after a flea!" ( 5:14; Hosea 5:8). He was never ashamed to confess his shame and to tell men that once he had hated the Christ whom now he loved and sought to obliterate the Church which now he served. It is the proof that his promise to be with us always to the end of the world is true. The idea is that a man's Christian maturity cannot go beyond martyrdom. But if a man is to be in special relationship with God, something far more is needed than a mark in his body. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. 4. 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. Paul would admit that they have a concern for works, but they were evil workers. (iii) He was of the tribe of Benjamin. The writer of Exodus speaks of uncircumcised lips (Exodus 6:12). It was something that he had not yet attained and longed for. This can refer to either their ultimate damnation or to the present destruction of their lives. He calls them three things, carefully chosen to throw their claims back upon themselves. 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 Old Testament uses to know of sexual intercourse. These are the sort of men who bring tears into the minister’s eyes; these are they who break his heart; they are the enemies of the cross of Christ.” (Spurgeon). It is because the world was created out of this flawed matter that sin and evil are in it. It was not to please and worship God, but to get along in this world. I. ii. 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. 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. -------------------- ii. So when Paul uses the word in Philippians 3:12, he is saying that he is not by any means a complete Christian but is for ever pressing on. Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. So he says, "Out of my experience I tell you that the Jewish way is wrong and futile. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame; who set their mind on earthly things. The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, ii. “The word ‘worship’ is the translation of the Greek word referring to the service of Jehovah by His peculiar people, the Jews. Men whose whole minds are earthbound! "It pleased God," wrote the father, "not to cut him off in his sins. The Onward, Upward Call – Philippians 3:10-14 Really Knowing Christ. Historical Books “They did not deny that Jesus was the Messiah, or that His Gospel was the power of God unto salvation, but they insisted that the Gentile converts could only come to the fullness of Gospel privilege through the Law of Moses.” (Meyer), ii. 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. When it is used of offerings, it means without blemish and fit to offer God. A verification email has been sent to the address you provided. His opponents might have attempted to say, "But you are a Christian and do not know what you are talking about; you do not know what it is to be a Jew." And now tell you even weeping: The work and the end of these enemies was that they, in their disregard for God’s holiness, gave ammunition to the legalist’s accusation that Paul preached a cheap grace that required no commitment of the life. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. i. However, Paul did not see their insistence on circumcision as something beautiful or noble; he regarded it as an ugly example of mutilation. This is interesting, for it must mean that Paul had written other letters to the Philippians which have not survived. A child can’t wait to be bigger and always wants to be more mature. Paul had to contend with people like this in 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 and Romans 6, who thought that salvation comes without repentance and conversion, and who thought that as long as your soul was saved, it didn’t matter what you did with your body. THE ONLY TRUE CIRCUMCISION (Philippians 3:2-3 continued), (iii) Lastly, he calls them, the party of mutilation. But this Christian joy enables a man to accept even them with a smile. “It is a high calling because it comes from above, from God; the conception of it has emanated from His heart. This is not the same as to say that he was a true Israelite. That is to say, he was not only an Israelite; he belonged to the elite of Israel. The prize is being able to run the race at all, working with God as a partner to do the work of His kingdom. They had little enough even to eat. In the days of the early Church it is quite often used to describe martyrs. With us the dog is a well-loved animal, but it was not so in the East in the time of Jesus. Sadly, it is common for many Christian leaders to cultivate the attitude that they have already attained. i. To suffer for the faith is not a penalty, it is a privilege, for thereby we share the very work of Christ. f. Who set their mind on earthly things: This describes the focus of their life. The great saving truths of Christianity do not change; and we cannot hear them too often. b. ii. 5. It is Paul's claim that he knew Judaism at its most intense and even fanatical heat. Luke-Acts a. Paul says to the Philippians, "Just as the Roman colonists never forget that they belong to Rome, you must never forget that you are citizens of heaven; and your conduct must match your citizenship.". Please see Blue Letter Bible's Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. (ii) To that end Paul says two things. The words translated by the word ‘finally’ are literally ‘as for the rest.’ ” (Wuest). (b) It is the guarantee of the life to come (Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 15:14 ff.). In 1756 a letter came to John Wesley from a father who had a prodigal son. We need concrete examples. Paul has just attacked the Jewish teachers and insisted that it is the Christians, not the Jews, who are the truly circumcised and covenant people. Pauline Epistles They turned Christian liberty into unchristian licence and gloried in giving their passions full play. There are two Greek verbs which are very like each other. PDF eBook. range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed Who they were is not certain. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. But I press on meant that Paul had put his hand to the plow and refused to look back (Luke 9:62). Only we must always walk according to that standard which we have already reached. This is demonstrated by the place and circumstances under which Paul wrote this letter – a Roman prison, where he truly could say that he had suffered the loss of all things. We also have a certain character as citizens of heaven. DWELLER ON EARTH BUT CITIZEN OF HEAVEN (Philippians 3:17-21). The tribe of Benjamin had the place of honour in Israel's battle-line, so that the battle-cry of Israel was: "After thee, O Benjamin!" Johannine Writings It wasn’t so much that those things were worthless in themselves, but compared to the greatness of the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, they really were nothing. It is not Paul's aim to know about Christ, but personally to know him. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death," Philippians 3:1–11 warns Christians about the influence of false teachers, particularly those who add legalism on top of the gospel. b. In the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, part of the torture of Lazarus is that the street dogs annoy him by licking his sores (Luke 16:21). The Ethiopic version reads "by faith"; and to the same sense the Syriac. What he means is: "Anyone who has come to be mature in the faith and knows what Christianity is must recognize the discipline and the effort and the agony of the Christian life." He is also reaching out for the things which are in front. Not that they were necessarily focused on what they eat, but belly here has a broader reference to sensual indulgence in general. “I never read that the apostle wept when he was persecuted. They said that, since grace was wide enough to cover every sin, a man could sin as he liked and not worry; it would make no difference to the all-forgiving love of God. Major Prophets -------------------- (i) We worship in the Spirit of God; or, we worship God in the Spirit. Philippi was a Roman colony. The word he uses for reaching out (epekteinomenos, Greek #1901) is very vivid and is used of a racer going hard for the tape. Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding. “I do not think, however, that Paul is here thinking so much of the power displayed in the resurrection, as of the power which comes out of it, which may most properly be called, ‘the power of his resurrection.’ This the apostle desired to apprehend and to know.”. There were in the Church at Philippi men whose conduct was an open scandal and who, by their lives, showed themselves to be the enemies of the Cross of Christ. Spirit, they said, is altogether good; and matter is altogether evil. For whom I have suffered the loss of all things: This counting loss was not merely an internal spiritual exercise. Read that through, if you are a minister, and it will burst many of your windbags. Just as the Philippians could consider themselves citizens of Rome and were under Roman laws and customs (even though they were in fact far from Rome) so Christians should consider themselves citizens of heaven. a. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point c. Whose end is destruction: The word translated destruction is the same word used for perdition in other places (such as Philippians 1:28). 13 … They argued that a man could not be called complete until he had experienced everything that life had to offer, both good and bad. When Spain led the world (in the 15th century), her coins reflected her national arrogance and were inscribed Ne Plus Ultra which meant “Nothing Further” – meaning that Spain was the ultimate in all the world. Christian worship is not a thing of ritual or of the observation of details of the Law; it is a thing of the heart. They may have been Gnostics. We mean that they are enemies of the Biblical truth of the atonement Jesus made for us on the cross and its ongoing power and effect in our life. In Philippians 3:21 it speaks about our vile body. (ii) As far as the Law went, he was a trained Pharisee. Every man is grasped by Christ for some purpose; and, therefore, every man should all his life press on so that he may grasp that purpose for which Christ grasped him. This righteousness through faith is a description of the act of justification (being declared righteous - Ro 5:1 - note). This first counting was at his conversion; the second – some 30 years later – was in his Roman prison. He was running for life, and running for his life.” (Clarke). He says that he proposes to write things to them that he has written before. c. That I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me: Paul pressed on for what Jesus wanted. The Christian awaits the coming of Christ, at which everything will be changed. a. i. Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. According to Jewish belief, circumcision was ordained upon Israel as sign and symbol that they were the people with whom God had entered into a special relationship. Philippians 3:8-10 At times, the Bible uses "to know" as a euphemism for sexual intimacy. 4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. He is able even to subdue all things to Himself and accomplish something as amazing as the resurrection of our bodies after the pattern of Jesus’ resurrection. The lad had found a joy which not even the scaffold could take away. (Read Philippians 3:1-11) Sincere Christians rejoice in Christ Jesus. We may see the depth of this word from a fact of Old Testament usage. God will reveal even this to you: Paul had great trust in the ability of the Lord to deal with His own people. Minor Prophets Philippians 3:10-11 New International Version << Philippians 2 | Philippians 3 | Philippians 4 >> 10 I want to know Christ-yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Paul had been so zealous a Jew that he had tried to wipe out the opponents of Judaism. c. The Lord Jesus Christ: The title Lord was also applied to the Roman Caesar. Who worship God in the Spirit: This defines the true circumcision. The power of his resurrection - In having this body of my humiliation raised from death, and made like unto his glorious body. 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Though he was cast into prison, we read of his singing, never of his groaning. 3:17-21 Brothers, unite in imitating me, and keep your gaze on those who live, as you have seen us as an example. It was from the tribe of Benjamin that the first king of Israel had come (1 Samuel 9:1-2), and it was no doubt from that very king that Paul had been given his original name of Saul. It was by this name that the Jews called the Gentiles. A burning zeal for God was the hall-mark of Jewish religion. Here the King James Version is dangerously misleading. This is a call to unity (a unity of truth, against the potential division brought in by the legalists) that looks back to Philippians 2:1-2. i. He exclaims with very special emphasis, ‘Yea doubtless; and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.’ ” (Spurgeon). And the power of His resurrection: Knowing Jesus means knowing this power, the new life that is imparted to us now, not when we die. (Phl 3:17) The good example of walking the walk: Paul and others. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. Paul sets down two very important things. -------------------- The Christian places his confidence only in the mercy of God and in the love of Jesus Christ. iv. “The Greek word points out the strong exertions made in the race; every muscle and nerve is exerted, and he puts forth every particle of his strength in running. The prize is the call itself, not the benefits that come from the call or any other thing. -------------------- i. Spurgeon thought that Paul wept for three reasons. 3. John Nelson was one of Wesley's most famous early preachers. These I have counted loss for Christ: Any of the corrupting teachers Paul warned against would be proud to claim Paul’s pedigree. Their very name means The Separated Ones. The suffering was worth it, considering the greatness of the goal of resurrection from the dead. I found it no better than skubala (Greek #4657)." They were counted loss not so much because they were harmful to Paul, but because these things were ways in which Paul sought to please God in the energies of the flesh. Paul means something when he applies the title to Jesus in the context of citizenship. Real circumcision is devotion of heart and mind and life to God.". B. Lightfoot translates it: "Vie with each other in imitating me." a. Skip to content. d. Let us be of the same mind: Part of doing what we do know is being of the same mind. He is not condemning Judaism from the outside. THE PRIVILEGES OF PAUL (Philippians 3:4-7). e. Whose glory is in their shame: This shows the misplaced priorities of these enemies. Here was a picture the Philippians could understand. Yet indeed I also count all things loss: Paul did not only count his religious pedigree as a loss; he counted all things loss – but he counted them as a loss in view of the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus. Scripture: Philippians 3:1-11. Philippians 3 Resources - multiple sermons and commentaries but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One) (Amp) But - see term of contrast. This was a goal that was worth any means to Paul. Interactive Bible study with John Piper. It was not simply something which had happened to Jesus, however important it was for him. Historical Books They regarded circumcision in itself as being enough to set them apart specially for God. i. Jesus really can subdue all things. He could say as he also did in 1 Corinthians 11:1 – Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. 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. Christians must be so marked by their heavenly citizenship that they are noticed as different. 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(a) It is the guarantee of the importance of this life and of this body in which we live. They tell me that he is a king and that he reigns over sin; he hath subdued my enemies beneath his feet, and I know him in that character. From which we also eagerly wait for the Savior: As Philippians would eagerly await a visit from the emperor in Rome, even more so should Christians eagerly await the coming of their King – Jesus Christ. Curiously, often those who promote the idea of having confidence in the flesh are the same ones who are the least qualified to have such confidence. Skubala has two meanings. Probably their ultimate damnation is more in view. Denomination: Assembly Of God. Philippians 3:10. The Old Testament “Professors of religion, who get into the church, and yet lead ungodly lives, are the worst enemies that the cross of Christ has. Cookie Notice: Pentateuch Paul claims that there was no demand of the Law which he did not fulfil. 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