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Philippians 3:17-21

I. Example for the Church (17)

A. An appeal for imitation (17)

B. Heb. 13:7, "Remember them which have the rule

over you, who have spoken unto you the word of

God: whose faith follow, considering the end of

their conversation."

II. Enemies of the Cross (18-19)

A. Goal of the enemies (18-19) - Destruction

B. God of the enemies (19b) - Belly

C. Glory of the enemies (19c) - Shame

III. Entrance of Christ (20-21)

A. Anticipation of the believer (20)

1. Living expectantly as citizens of Heaven (20a)

a. Conversation – lifestyle, manner or living

b. Conversation - speech

2. Looking eagerly for Christ from Heaven (20b)

a. 1 Cor. 15:51-52, "Behold, I show you a

mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we

shall all be changed, In a moment, in the

twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for

the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall

be raised incorruptible, and we shall be


B. Transformation of the body (21)

1. A great change (21a)

2. A glorious change (21b)

a. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, "So also is the

resurrection of the dead. It is sown in

corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory:

it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

It is sown a natural body; it is raised a

spiritual body"

3. A guaranteed change (21c)

a. 1 Corinthians 15:54-57, "So when this

corruptible shall have put on incorruption,

and this mortal shall have put on

immortality, then shall be brought to pass

the saying that is written, Death is

swallowed up in victory. O death, where is

thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

The sting of death is sin; and the strength

of sin is the law. But thanks be to God,

which giveth us the victory through our

Lord Jesus Christ."

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