Psalms 119 – Introduction
July 7, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 1A
July 9, 2013
Psalms 119 – Introduction
July 7, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 1A
July 9, 2013

Philippians Favorites – 3:7, 8

I-40 between Nashville and Memphis Tennessee 2013

I-40 between Nashville and Memphis Tennessee 2013

7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 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.” Philippians 3:7, 8

In the previous verses, Paul recounted all the important things he had done. He was a respected Jewish scholar and had worked his way up the ranks. In worldly terms, he had gained a lot. Then he met Jesus. On the way to Damascus, to imprison and kill Christians, his life was forever changed.

Once knowing Jesus all his gain he considered loss. He found a more excellent way, superior in every way. He had turned his back on the Jewish faith—now becoming an enemy himself. Tradition says his parents turned their back on him. (Hopefully they came to know this Christ). Paul suffered the loss of all his worldly position and maybe any wealth he had accumulated.

He considered all that as dung—refuse thrown to dogs. He may have lost in the world, but he gained Christ—he won. He found that it was more rewarding to have knowledge of Christ than any accolade the world could give him.

This does not mean he became poor. He found grace and all the riches of it.

How about you? Have you given up anything in your pursuit of the excellency of the knowledge of Christ? Can you say I would rather know Him than anything else I could do or be? Seek first the kingdom, (Matthew 6:33) and God will add to us things for our enjoyment. (1 Timothy 6:17)