Here, Paul gives an account of his days before he met Christ: how zeal consumed him but not with the right and efficient knowledge gathered from revelation: delving into so many acts thinking he was upright to God. At his transformation, he reduced everything as worthless just to acquire the highly priced knowledge of Christ. He became total in his surrender and was ready to do anything just to have Christ lead his life due to the depth of his revelations. He described Christ as the One who will change our human earthly physical form to a kind of His glorious heavenly image having all things in His control. He enjoined the Philippians to keep their eyes on God and to have a mind like his so as to be different from those that are earthly minded.
Dear friend, putting Christ as the first in our lives keeps us on the track to heaven and pressing on with Him will also give our lives substantial qualities. Acquiring the knowledge of Christ with the purpose of living by it, is the basis on which having His image and performing like Him in deed can become a reality. Maintaining a continuous walk with Him and being ready to forge on regardless of obstacles that will surely come, gets us to the place of clinching and earning the crown we so desire. Let us keep our focus on the Saviour and not the hocus pocus of sensuality and carnality.
Lord, I place You at the highest point of my life. I surrender again and again. I follow You with my all. Lead me to my destiny.
Reading – Philippians 3:1-4.2
No Confidence in the Flesh
3 Further, my brothers and sisters, 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. 2 Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh.3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence.
If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 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; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 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.
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 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, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Following Paul’s Example
15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity
4 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.
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