Philippians Study Week 6

Philippians 3:12-21



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Week 1 Philippians 1:1-11

Big Picture: Paul greets his friends and joyfully expresses his thankful love for them, his confident assurance of God’s work in them, and his prayerful desires for them.


Week 2 Phil 1:12-30

Big Picture: Paul informs the Philippian believers about how his suffering is being used for God’s purposes, how he desires to bring honor to God through his suffering, and how these Philippian believers must also engage in suffering for the sake of Christ. Paul desired above all that Christ be proclaimed.


Week 3 Phil 2:1-11

Big Picture: Paul urges the Philippians in unity and humility and he lifts up Christ to them as Humble Servant and Exalted Lord.


Week 4 Phil 2:12-30

Big Picture: Paul exhorts the Philippian believers to be faithful Christians and writes to them about his faithful fellow-servants Timothy and Epaphroditus.


Week 5 Phil 3:1-11

Big Picture: Paul warns the Philippian believers of false teachers and testifies of true righteousness through faith in Christ.



 

Today’s Lesson:

 

Big Picture: Paul urges the Philippian believers to faithful perseverance, remembering their true heavenly home and future glory in Christ.

 

Phil. 3:10-16

 

10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

 

3:10-11 Paul desires:

  • To know ____________

  • To know the______________ of his resurrection

  • To share in his _______________

  • To become like him in his __________________

  • To attain the _________________________ from the dead (by whatever means God ordains)

 

Ministry on earth

Being with Christ in heaven

(Philippians 1:18b-26)




 

3:12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

 
  • Not yet obtained the resurrection

  • Not already perfect (He has not yet finished the race)

  • Presses on (run toward the goal)

 

Acts 20:24: But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

 

3:13 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

 

He has not yet finished his earthly race but he is ___________________ on.

 

one thing that he is single-mindedly focused on: pressing on toward that final resurrection day.

 

He forgets what lies behind: his own meritorious deeds and distinctions (3:5-6)

 

He strains forward (he reaches for, stretching to full capacity) to what lies ahead: being with ______________, seeing him as he is and being like him.

 

The heavenly call of God is in ______________      _______________.

 

3:15-16 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

 

Ponder this (Think on)

Persevere in this (Keep on)

 

Phil. 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

 

Phil. 2:13 it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

 

3:17-21 17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

4:1 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

 

Brothers-family in Christ

 

(verse 17) watch godly examples

(verse 18) watch out for ungodly enemies.

 

3:19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.

 

Enemies of the gospel:

 
  1. Their end is _____________________. (Phil 1:28)

  2. Their god is their _________________. (Inward desires, fleshly appetites whether legalism or licentiousness)

  3. They glory in their _________________.

  4. Their minds are set on _________________ things.

 

3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

 

Roman citizenship

Heavenly citizenship