Scripture Reading: Philippians 3
Philippians 1:21-25—starts talking about his imprisonment and the fallout.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor: yet what I shall choose I wot not.23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;
Is Christ—Christ is the sole object for which I live. Die—another stage in the process of union with Christ. Gain—enemies suppose death is a loss; for Paul it’s a win. Strait—perpelexed. Depart—loose the anchor.
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; 30 Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
Only—be careful in this and nothing else. Terrified—sudden startling of a horse, consternation. Given—granted as a favor, a gracious gift.
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:8 And being found [recognized] in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name
Equal with God—He used His equality with God as an opportunity to humble Himself, not to promote Himself. Not robbery—no one took glory from Him, He gave it up. No reputation—emptied Himself of the glory He could have put on display. Obedient—voluntary submission to Father’s will. He was nto forced to die for you.
Proverbs 15:33--The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
Philippians 3:7-10—starts by talking about his fleshly attainments
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Gain—what was advantageous to outward status, all his personal glory. All things—all that the world would celebrate, praise, esteem, and admire. Have suffered—not just counting them loss, they were actually lost!
If you gain all things; you lose Christ. If you lose all things; you gain Christ.
Of the law—the outward display, the thing that was esteemed before. Not just referring to past justification, but a practical, experiential growth in Christ.
Know Him—not merely knowledge, but an experience of Him, to know Him by manner of life, not about learning doctrine, but about living His life.
Resurrection—the new life lived in Christ. Sufferings—personal mortification and crucifixion. Death—to be practically dead to things on earth.