Summary: A look at Philippians 3 and what Paul focused on in his life and what our focus should be in life.
April 25- Roger Miller
Introduction: Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the
same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.
2Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh. 3For it is we
who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and
who put no confidence in the flesh— 4though I myself have reasons for such confidence.
If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:
5circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of
Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for
legalistic righteousness, faultless.
7But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8What is more, I
consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my
Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ
Paul gives us a real shocker in Verse eight with the word Rubbish as translated by most modern translations. The word rubbish in the Greek is Skuvbalon, this is the only place it is used in the
New Testament! There is two schools of thought, of what this rare Greek Word means. .. .
1. non-excrement used by the rubbish’ (ESV, NRSV, NKJV, NIV, NAB, REB) or ‘garbage’
(TEV, NJB, TNIV) for the term.
a. rubbish, refuse
b. table scraps, leavings
2. excrement (KJV, ) Filth (Darby Trans)
a. dung (without strong shock value)
b. crap, the s- word (with strong shock value)
“Skuvbalon took on the nuance of a vulgar expression with emotive connotations (thus, roughly
equivalent to the English “crap, s**t”) is probable. . .” http://bible.org/article/brief-word-study-
skuvbalon. If you study the use of this word outside the Bible especially in the first Century it is
most often used as a general term for excrement! Second Paul in several places uses shock to
make a point. Lastly, Paul uses terms as word plays. In verse two Paul starts current contexts by
calling false teachers Dogs- then in verse eight uses general term for excrement. But what is the
worst type of excrement? What type of animal is being talked about in context? Dog! I believe
to shock the philipi church into how serious this threat of false teaching about human effort-Paul
is saying it is dog-do-it is Skuvbalon.
It is my theory that Skuvbalon, is where the creator of Skooby-Doo, got the cartoons name! How
many remember the cartoon Skooby Doo? How well do you know your Skooby doo?
Scooby Doo was always solving some mystery. The mystery to me is after the reality of human
weakness, and how little life makes us-How we still act like human goodness can save us! To that Paul
would say Skuvbalon! So let’s look at What Paul would have us trust in.
Look out for Scooby-doo Philippians 3:1-11
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to