Knowing Jesus

8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.

Philippians 3:8-10

In this passage of Scripture, the Apostle Paul commits to three precepts in this verse that are still applicable to Christians in the present day. Let us be challenged and blessed by this Scripture this week. And I pray that God will encourage you as you study the Bible.

Paul’s first pursuit was to know the resurrection power of Christ. The resurrection of Jesus is the central event in all of history. When the Savior rose from the dead, hope was realized, God was exalted, and everything changed. Paul had a deep desire to know and experience a relationship with the risen Savior. May we pursue that type of relationship with Christ through His Word, His Church, His presence, and the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Apostle’s second commitment was knowing Christ’s sufferings. He wanted to understand and experience something of what Jesus endured on behalf of sinful humanity. Paul suffered much during his ministry and probably understood better than most what Christ endured though no one can fully comprehend the Savior’s suffering.

Christians today may not be called to suffer to the same extent. Yet, we know that the way of the cross can be difficult, painful, and lonely. However, we always know that in the midst of the pain and heartache Christ is with us. Let us know Christ not simply in the good but also in the sorrowful.

Paul’s last task was to be conformed to Christ’s death. The Apostle committed to living in the reality of Jesus’ forgiveness and mercy. The past was under the blood and Paul was moving forward in the full salvation that he had received.

The same goal ought to be apparent in the lives of Believers today. We have been saved, forgiven, redeemed, and sanctified. Let us not go backwards into the life we once had. Go forward, Child of God, in full assurance of your forgiveness and redemption through the blood of the Savior. (Ephesians 1:7)

Tony French

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