Psalm 119 – Part 1B
July 11, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 2
July 13, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 1B
July 11, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 2
July 13, 2013

Philippians Favorites – 3:10

I-40 between Nashville and Memphis Tennessee 2013

I-40 between Nashville and Memphis Tennessee 2013

“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” Philippians 3:10

Paul is proclaiming what he considers most important.

“To know Him.” (Greek is the infinitive.) Paul had probably seen Jesus. Jesus may have met with him, as Paul certainly heard Jesus on the road to Damascus. Yet for Paul there was a new level of knowing Jesus in the spirit. This is an intimate knowledge of Jesus. This is a knowledge you don’t get if you aren’t in the Word and aren’t worshipping Him on a daily basis.

He also wanted to know the power. The power that raised Jesus from the dead. It’s dynamis—dynamite power which blew a hole in death and rolled the stone away. That’s the power of the resurrection. More than knowing the power that raised Jesus from the dead is knowing the power in the knowledge of the resurrection. The resurrection was the confirmation of the cross. “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15:17) The resurrection sealed the deal. It is grace released.

Paul also wanted to share in Christ’s sufferings. This is a more difficult saying. Some believe Paul wanted to suffer as Jesus did. Paul did suffer much for the preaching of the Gospel. “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18) I don’t think Paul was saying we should all suffer. He does say we might very well suffer for the sake of the Gospel. It’s isn’t a popular subject in some areas. For many there is persecution for making a stand.

More than that, I believe we should understand what Jesus went through on our behalf. We identify with His sufferings because He took our place. He bore our sins and diseases on the cross. He died for us that we might live. He took the burden and debt of our sins because He loved us so much. When He died, we died. Now we live in Him. We have a new covenant. We are grace people because of His suffering and death. Then the resurrection. We live because He lives.