I’m warning you from the start that this blog is thick with scripture and very little of my own commentary. I’ve been meditating on the Apostle Paul’s words to the Philippians, specifically chapter 3, and I’m greatly challenged by his sharp focus and dogged determination to leave everything behind in order to truly know Christ. I hope this stirs you as much as it does me. So, without context or an appropriate intro or conclusion, let’s dive in…
“…But Christ has shown me that what I once thought was valuable is worthless.” Philippians 3:7 CEV.
The Amplified version of this same scripture, “But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as [one combined] loss for Christ’s sake.”
Paul goes on to tell us that everything in which he could put confidence or dependence upon in the flesh: “outward privileges, physical advantages and external appearances, he chose to count as rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that he might gain Christ, the Anointed One.” Phil. 3:8b AMP.
EVERYTHING was counted as loss compared to the “possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him.” Phil. 3:8a AMP.
Paul’s emphasis in this chapter is to recall the confidence we place in our own achievements, and to instead place our confidence only in the pursuit of knowing Christ. He urges us to leave everything behind, count it all as trash, in order that we may know Him, the Christ, the Anointed One.
“And that I may actually be found and known as in Him, not having any self-achieved righteousness that can be called my own, based on my own obedience, but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through FAITH in Christ…”
“[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power out flowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] that if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].” Phil. 3:9-11 AMP.
That I may actually be found in Him…That I may know Him…That I may share in his sufferings as to be continually transformed in spirit into His likeness…That I may perceive, recognize and understand the wonder of his Person more strongly and more clearly…wow, wow, wow.
Do you want this? Is it appealing to you to know Christ and the wonder of his Person? In the grand scheme of things, does knowing Christ really matter?
What’s it worth to you?