To Know Christ

That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death. Philippians 3:10.

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The greatest gift is to know Jesus as Savior and Lord and to daily fellowship moment by moment with Him all the while dipping a toe in the pool of this present darkness. Our text passage sums up Paul’s primary pursuit in life: to know (Ginosko, to know experientially) Christ.

In this text written from a prison cell in Rome Paul comes to terms with an accomplished past and a confining present. He reflects on the past as when he persecuted God’s people in his “superior” religious role as a Pharisee, Paul shares his liberating conclusion that all is rubbish compared to knowing (experiencing) the Lord in real time.

By confronting his past Paul is freed from the stagnation of yesterday’s victories and the emotional paralysis of yesterday’s mistakes, He knew that the only thing that ultimately counted was knowing the Lord and being obedient to His will.

Prison could contain his fellowship, nor dull his effectiveness in ministry (1:12-14). Paul’s desire to know Jesus sprang from no other motive but to enjoy Him. He wanted Christ for Christ’s sake, not His own. He was a lover of God, not a user of God. And whether he moved in Christ’s resurrection power or was stretched to his last once of endurance, it mattered little.

For Paul, it was all a part of the most fulfilling journey of all: truly knowing God.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 00:30:29

    I think the verse you have quoted from Philippians describes the walk of a Christian.

    Some think this was the final book that Paul wrote. I think 2 Timothy contains Paul’s final words. Either way, both books contain information that will help the believer to really know God.

    God’s blessings, Manny.

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    • Mannyr
      Jul 26, 2013 @ 00:52:07

      i love Philippians for a lot of reasons but to me it shows Pauls heart for the church there. It is a very tender epistle. I agree it shows how to know God.
      Blessings
      Manny

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  2. Naomi Colbert
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 12:11:30

    Amazingly true! God bless you!

    Reply

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