Summary: Some people pursue a career, some people pursue an education, some people pursue a position or status, some pursue fame, some riches, house and lot, car, some a boyfriend or girlfriend. What are YOU pursuing?
Php 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ…
Some people pursue a career, some people pursue an education, some people pursue a position or status, some pursue fame, some riches, house and lot, car, some a boyfriend or girlfriend
What are YOU pursuing?
Paul had good cause to boast
Paul here, in verse 2 is referring to Judaizers who he called “dogs,” “evil workers,” and the “concision.” These people boasted in the law and their obedience (self-righteousness), and this false teaching had entered into the church at Philippi.
Paul reminds the Philippians in verse 3 that believers have NO confidence in the flesh, but our confidence is in Christ’s FINISHED WORK.
Nevertheless, though these people were boasting in their good works and accomplishments, he had MORE cause to boast . . . And if salvation were based on good works – he was IN THERE!
4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; (6) Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
Circumcised the eighth day . . . A religious rite: Can be compared to baptism, communion, church membership
Of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews . . . Having a good background, a good family name, graduated Ateneo, U.P., UST
As touching the law, a Pharisee . . . This was cause for boast to a Jew in those days; A good position, doctor, lawyer, actor/actress, professional athlete, priest, Sunday school teacher
Concerning zeal, persecuting the church . . . Faithful attender, religious, wear a cross, repeating the Disciple’s prayer 10 times/day, pray 3 hours a day, read your Bible 2 hours/day – 10 chapters
Touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless . . . A “good” life, obeying the ten commandments, no trouble, a nice person, do good things for people, don’t go to bars or other “sinful” places
Paul had good cause to boast, and so may you . . .
BUT Paul said in verse 7:
Php 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Gain to me . . . those things which he could boast in, that made him look good to the people around him, that made him look “worthy” of the praise of men or heaven
(He) counted loss for Christ . . . He saw them as negative and not worth boasting about.
When God gives us a right perspective, we realize that they are really unhelpful, of NO real eternal value and actually cause for boasting, in pursuit of them or promoting them to people
They are potential causes for distancing ourselves from Christ!