That I May Win Christ
Philippians 3: 7-8

• This morning we take a look into the mind and the motivation of the Apostle Paul.
• His life’s goal and calling can be summed up in Phil. 3

What Things Were Gain—
• Things—Hostis (Hahs—tis) In Greek means, “Whoever and Whatever.”
• Paul’s list of “things that were gain” is in verses 5 and 6:
o Circumcised, according to the Law of Moses, on the eighth day of his life.
o Born into the Tribe of Benjamin—the tribe that gave Israel its first king
o A picture of a devout Hebrew—his bloodline was pure Hebrew
o A Pharisee—a religious leader from the strictest order of the Jews
o More zealous of his religion than others
o Blameless according to the law of Moses
• This is Paul’s list of proud accomplishments in life.
o Note that he said “What things were gain.”
• Were—This is a past tense word. It is the past plural tense of the word “Be.” All the items listed in verses 5 and 6 once had great meaning in Paul’s life, they used to ‘be”--but are no more.
• Gain—The Greek word means—“Advantage.”
o They are no longer of any advantage to Paul.
• What things do we count as “bragging rights?” What list of accomplishments and attributes do we want to proudly display before others? If Christ isn’t in it….
• Those I counted as loss for Christ—
o Counted—Greek word means, “To have authority over.” Things no longer have authority over me, I have authority over them.
o “To rule and command”—Things are no longer in charge—Jesus is.
The Exchange
• Doubtless—no doubt, but rather I count all things but loss
• Different Greek word used here for “things”—Pas--each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything.
o Paul is saying—I have looked at everything individually and as a whole. Anything that stands between me and Jesus has to go and I count it as loss. (Something I no longer have that I can live without)
• In exchange, I’m receiving the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus
o Excellency—superior in rank, authority, and power. That which is higher and better.
o I gave up the insignificant for the superior. I traded the worthless for the priceless.
• Now, Paul gets really down to earth and blunt.
o Anything I’ve given up for Christ, I count it as dung.
o Dung—The Greek word is “Skubalon” (Skoo-ba-lon) that which is worthless and detestable. It is in reference to human or animal excrement.
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