Examples: Good and Bad

I. The loss of all things is contrasted with the excellent goal (Philippians 3:7-8).

A. The works, both of the flesh and of the spirit, Paul counts “loss.”

1. The personal “gain” would have been his personal “profit.”

2. The “profit” was negonmi and lemia = carefully considered as damaged.

B. The “superior” thing is the “knowledge” of Christ Jesus.

1. “Knowledge” is the word, gnosis, = intelligence, understanding.

2. Knowing the Lord Jesus is a growth process of understanding.

3. Knowing God means listening and continuing in the Word of God.

II. The “loss” makes way for the “gain” of the “power of his resurrection.”

A. This power is available to the Twice-Born who “know” Christ.

1. Ephesians 1:19-20 -- And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us–ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead,

2. Ephesians 3:20 -- Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

B. This power includes the “fellowship of his sufferings.”

1. 1 Peter 4:13 -- But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

2. 1 Peter 5:10 -- But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

C. This power makes it possible for us to “attain” the resurrection.

1. 1 John 3:2 -- Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

2. “I follow after…So that I might apprehend –“I do not count myself to have apprehended” – I am not there yet.

D. The focus is to “reach forth” and “press toward the mark” for the “prize.”

1. Forgetting the “behind things.”

2. Reaching out for that which lies ahead.

3. Pressing toward the mark of the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus.

III. The rules are clear for those who have understood (Philippians 3:15).

A. Those who are “perfect” have “attained” stability.

1. The “perfect” are mature [Gk: teleioo = finished; complete]

a. Matthew 5:48 -- Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
b. Ephesians 4:13 -- Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
c. James 1:4 - But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

2. The “perfect” are “maturing” and “attaining.”

a. 2 Corinthians 12:9 - And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.
b. Hebrews 5:14 - But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
c. Hebrews 6:1-2 - Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
d. 1 John 2:5 - But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
e. 1 John 4:17-18 - Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

B. Those who “walk” by the rules, “mind” the same things (Philippians 3:16).

1. We are to “proceed in a row: to go in order”

a. Deuteronomy 26:16-17 -  This day the LORD thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice:
b. Ephesians 2:10 - For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
c. Ephesians 5:8-10 -- For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

2. We are to “exercise the mind; regard, savour” the rules of God.

a. Romans 12:1-2 -- I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
b. 1 Corinthians 1:10 -- Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
c. 2 Corinthians 13:10 -- Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

IV. The good examples are to be followed and identified (Philippians 3:17)

A. The apostle Paul was the “instructor”

1. 2 Corinthians 4:15-16 -- For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.   Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

2. 2 Thessalonians 3:7-9 -- For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.

B. There are other godly examples for us to follow.

1. Titus 2:7-8 - In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

2. Colossians 2:6-7 -- As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

V. The bad examples are cause for weeping and for avoiding (Philippians 3:18-19).

A. They are the enemies of the Cross of Christ.

1. James 4:4 -- know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

2. 2 Peter 2:10 --them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

3. Jude 1:16-18 -- But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; how that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.  These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

B. They show obvious symptoms.

1. Their “end” (finish line) is destruction.

a. 2 Peter 2:20-21 -- For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

2. Their “belly” is their “God.”

a. Romans 16:17-18 -- Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

3. Their “glory” is their “shame.”

a. Jude 4,8,10,11-13 – “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ….
Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities….But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.”

4. Their “mind” is set on “earthly things.”

a. James 3:14-15 -- But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

C. Out “Citizenship” is in Heaven; look for the Saviour (Philippians 3:20-21)

1. 1 Peter 1:3-5 -- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

2. Romans 8:29-30 -- For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. …predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

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