A study of Philippians 3:8-11 reveals the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus, a righteousness determined by faith, and the attainment of a resurrected life.
A Study of Philippians 3:8-11 reveals the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus
V.8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
Paul counted everything as loss for the sake of Christ in V.7. But in V.8, he counts it as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus as Lord.
The Greek word for surpassing worth is hyperéchō, which means to surpass, exceed, amount to more. In his previous, religious life, Paul had an enviable life. One of position, power, and influence. But here he says knowing Jesus as Lord is way better.
“Knowing” is the Greek word Gnosis and implies a personal relationship. There’s a difference in knowing about someone and actually knowing someone. Because the first is intellectual and the second relational. Lordship goes even further by submitting to Jesus’ leadership. And in Paul’s case, it led him to prison and a potential death.
Do you know and follow Jesus with this kind of zeal?
REFLECT AND RECORD
Describe your current relationship with Jesus. Do you call him Lord? What does that mean to you? How is it evident in your life? If not, what do you think submitting to Lordship looks like for you?
A Study of Philippians 3:8-11 reveals a righteousness determined by faith
V.9 not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—
Here’s the problem with works-based religion. When you follow religious rules, you can take the credit for your efforts. Feel good about your worthy accomplishments. In a sense, own your faith. Although it easily leads to self-righteousness and pride.
The Greek word for faith is pisteúō and means to believe and trust. But it’s not blind.
Biblical faith demonstrates a sense of confidence. It uses your senses to observe and a reasoning mind to perceive the presence of God. To study scripture and recognize it describes the world better than any other worldview. But then to act on that faith by engaging the person of Jesus Christ.
A Study of Philippians 3:8-11 reveals the attainment of a resurrected life
V.10-11 that I may know him
Paul repeats what he said in V.8 to reinforce his point. Knowing Jesus relationally involves an investment of your time and energy. And requires spending time in his Word and in prayer. This is how you learn to follow Jesus and where he guides you in that pursuit.
may share his sufferings…
Was Paul, perhaps, remembering his part in persecuting other believers? And now it’s his turn to take what he used to dish out it? It’s a good question for us to consider. Just how serious am I about following Jesus? How much will I suffer for it?
becoming like him in his death…
Jesus sacrificed himself for our sins. Therefore, Paul is ready to sacrifice himself for his faith. The first represents salvation for humanity. And the second martyrdom for faith.
I may attain the resurrection from the dead…
Paul’s confidence includes an eternal promise. Following Jesus in life and death on earth includes the assurance of a resurrected life in heaven with Jesus. It is this confidence…this hope that empowers him to endure. And is still available to Christ-followers today.
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