Lesson No. 558
Philippians Chapter 3
"Press Toward the High Calling of Jesus"

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All is worthless compared to knowing Christ
1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. 2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. 3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. 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. 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, 9 and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Forget the past and reach to the goal 12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. 17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. 18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) 20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

Lesson No.  558          “Press Toward the High Calling of Jesus"

 Philippians Chapter 3                                                03/21/2021

1)      What does Paul mean by ‘writing the same things’ to you ? (verse 1)  It’s OK then to teach and preach the salvation message all the time, right?

2)      Who are the dogs, evil workers and concision? (verse 2)

3)      Paul says that he is strong in the flesh.  What does he mean?  (verse 3)  Why does he state his circumcision, lineage, life-style of the tradition, his religious order in the law, his zeal to eradicate the Christian pestilence, and his keeping of the righteousness of the law?  What???  (verses 4-7)

4)      The answer is found in verses 8-11- he counts all that as loss and dung!  Does he not know Jesus Christ as Lord (verse 10) or has he not accepted the gift of salvation (verse 11) as he is writing this letter? 

5)      Verses 12-14 show the teaching in his letter that we reach on before (ahead of us) and all must press for the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, which is what?

6)      Verse 16 shows that Paul and the church has attained salvation and as such, what about others that are saved?  (verses 15-17) 

7)      Here comes the constantly re-occurring warning by Paul and the other apostles in verses 17-19.  Do you think this was a big issue for the Acts church?  This almost rifted the first church.

8)      I love verse 20- where do we have conversation and where do we seek Jesus?  (verse 21)  When we pray, where are our souls?

9)      We have yet another confirmation of glorious promises made by God in the Word- our new bodies and the sovereign rule of our Lord Jesus- see verse 21.

10) So, what do  you think our new bodies will look and feel like?  Will we all look like Jesus since we were made in God’s ‘image and likeness’?

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