Summary: Let’s just consider what Paul said to us for a moment: (paraphrased) "Everything I have; everything I have acquired; everything I am ... is nothing compared to Jesus." Is this the cry of your heart? Is this how you lead your life as well?

"To Live is to Die (Part 1)"

Philippians Sermon Series, Part 11

Philippians 3:1-8


- Last time we examined two men known for their faithfulness

-- A young man named Timothy who was close to Paul in the faith

-- Timothy’s name means, “One who honors God.”

- Young men like Timothy, in the first century, were not “a dime a dozen.”

-- Paul said, “I have no man like-minded”; he was an obedient servant

- We also met a man named Epaphroditus

-- He called Epaphroditus, “brother, fellow worker, fellow soldier, and minister”

-- Warren Wiersbe said about Epaphroditus: “He was a balanced Christian!”

- The picture that Paul gives us of Epaphroditus is of a worthy man

-- He was a man who was willing to roll up his sleeves and work for the Lord

-- He was a man who was willing to risk even his life in service for Christ

-- APP: He was a man who was more concerned about what he could give than get

- Today we will examine some warnings from Paul, especially in how we live

- No Slides and this is a two part message … COME BACK WEDNESDAY

- Read Philippians 3:1-8

∆ Point 1 – Be on Guard

- Notice Paul’s word use here, it is very specific and very clear:

-- Beware; in the Greek it means, “Have your eye on; be advised and on alert”

-- But look how Paul addresses those to be aware of: “the dogs”

- Regarding the dogs … it is those impure persons “I have told you often”

-- He is really driving it home when he refers to “enemies of the cross of Christ”

-- Reference: Philippians 3:18, “For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.”

- The Jews regarded the Gentiles as "dogs"; Matthew 15:26, “He replied, “It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to the dogs.”

-- But by their (Jews) own unbelief … THEY have ceased to be the true Israel!

-- IMP: They have become the dogs Paul warns against; legalistic and flesh-based

- He also calls them “evil workers, mutilators of the flesh”

-- 2 Corinthians 11:13 refers to these same people as, “deceitful workers”

-- Not just "evildoers" … but men who worked against God

-- These are folks who worked serving not our Lord, but their own needs

-- Romans 16:18, “For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.”

- Isaiah also called these false prophets lazy dogs

-- Isaiah 56:10, “Israel's watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep.”

- They are dogs, for their malice against faithful professors of the gospel of Christ

-- They are called dogs due to their actions: rebellion, barking, biting them

-- They urged human works in opposition to the faith of Christ

- When we are sanctified we DESIRE to work for Christ; not other way around

-- TRANS: Paul says to work for Him, and not to please our own fleshly desires

- Now watch this transition in verse 3, “We are the (real) circumcision"

-- This is not so much a boasting of what we have done; for our works are useless

-- It is however a confession of what Christ has done in Paul (and in others)

-- Colossians 2:11, “In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self-ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ”

- He commands us to “serve God in the Spirit”

-- Earlier manuscripts read: “worship by the Spirit of God”

- Simply stated, our religious service is rendered by the Spirit; it’s an output …

-- Look at what Jesus had to say about this: John 4:21-24, “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

- Legal worship was outward:

-- It consisted of outward acts, restricted to certain times and places

- Christian worship is spiritual:

-- It flows from the workings of the Holy Spirit

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