That I May Know – 5/31/20 AM

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That I May Know

Philippians 3:10-14

Intro:

                        A. In vss. 1-6, Paul is Warnings

                                               1. He warned them about their Foes – vs. 2

                                               2. He warned them about their Flesh – vs. 3-6

                        B. In vss. 7-9, Paul is Winning –…that I may win Christ

                        C. In vss. 10-16, Paul is Wishing

In verses 10-16, we see the yearnings of a mighty warrior; the desires of one of God’s choice servants.

I. His Person …that I may know Him.

Understand this: Paul already knew the Lord.

  • 2 Timothy 1:12 …for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

You can know Him too!

  • John 10:38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
  • John 10:4, 14 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

But Paul wanted to know Him more.

II. His Power – vs. 10 …and the power of his resurrection…

Note: It is believed that Paul wrote Philippians from Rome around A.D. 62. (1:13; 4:22)

On his first missionary journey, Paul had been stoned, dragged outside the city of Lystra and left for dead.

Paul had already experienced the resurrection power of Jesus Christ; both spiritually and physically.

III. His Pain – vs. 10…and the fellowship of his sufferings…

  • II Timothy 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
  • Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

IV. His Pattern – vs. 10 …being made conformable unto his death;

  • Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
  • Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

V. The Prize – vs. 14 … I press toward the mark for the prize

  • Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
  • Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;