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Randall Rains
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At Eph 1:17 Paul alludes to the Knowledge of God. Here Peter expounds on that foundational theme.
2 Peter 1:1-11
It is not WHAT we know, but WHO that let's us know/attain/experience what God has planned for those who trust and obey the Word of Truth.
Ephesians 1:15-23
One long sentence (v3-14). Does it represent a hymn?
Ephesians 1:1-14
Paul's teaching in Ch 12-15 must be seen in light of his explanation of grace as it relates to Israel in Ch 9-11.
Romans 12-15
Paul's plans to visit are sincere but subject to the will of his Lord
Romans 15:22-33
Paul's diplomatic appeal to a Church he did not found, but for which he has an Apostle's heart.
Romans 15:8-21
As the night sky begins to lighten as the dawn approaches we are reminded of our Lord's own words - Love your neighbor as yourself.
Romans 13:8-14
The right minded member of the body will show genuine love.
Romans 12:9-21
Paul explores several aspects of individuality within the corporate.
Romans 12:1-21
The LXX uses an IF/THEN construction between v4 and v5ff in translating the Hebrew text.
Haggai 1:1-6
Paul calls on a few by name then provides a glorious exposition of what it means to have the Lord near and to have God among them.
Philippians 4:2-9
Paul stretching forward to the upward call of God in (the knowing of?) Christ Jesus!
Philippians 3:12-4:1
What can compare to the 'surpassingness' of knowing Christ our Lord?
Philippians 3:1-11
Paul promises to send from his side two men, a brother and a dear son, to comfort those in Philippi who have been such a comfort to him.
Philippians 2:19-30
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The Context for Knowing Christ
Philippians 3:1-11
Paul assumes those who hear these words share in the Knowing of Christ.
Published September 17th, 2021
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Phrase 7-11
Knowing Christ Defined?
Phrase 7-11
Philippians 3:7-11
Counting All Lose
But whatever things were to me gain,
I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
The reason why
But still indeed, I count even everything as loss
The ultimate extent - EVERYTHING
because of the surpassingness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord,
The basis for it all
on account of whom I suffered the loss of all things
The Damascus Road?
and count them as rubbish,
The result of that encounter
in order that I may gain Christ
Purpose 1
and be found in him,
Purpose 2
—not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through the faithfulness of Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faithfulness —
The Prerequisite
that I may know him
Purpose 1/2 restated and expanded on the basis of righteousness
and know the power of his resurrection,
Purpose 1/2 restated and expanded on the basis of righteousness
and experience a sharing in his sufferings, being conformed to his death,
Purpose 1/2 restated and expanded on the basis of righteousness
if by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
The Ultimate Outcome
Knowing Christ Defined?
Philippians 2:1
2:1 Knowing Christ - The Grounds for Unity
So if there is any encouragement in Christ,
any comfort from love,
any participation in the Spirit,
any affection and sympathy,
Εἴ τις οὖν παράκλησις ἐν Χριστῷ, εἴ τι παραμύθιον ἀγάπης, εἴ τις κοινωνία πνεύματος, εἴ τις σπλάγχνα καὶ οἰκτιρμοί,
πληρώσατέ μου τὴν χαρὰν ἵνα τὸ αὐτὸ φρονῆτε, τὴν αὐτὴν ἀγάπην ἔχοντες, σύμψυχοι, τὸ ἓν φρονοῦντες,
μηδὲν κατʼ ἐριθείαν μηδὲ κατὰ κενοδοξίαν ἀλλὰ τῇ ταπεινοφροσύνῃ ἀλλήλους ἡγούμενοι ὑπερέχοντας ἑαυτῶν,
μὴ τὰ ἑαυτῶν ἕκαστος σκοποῦντες ἀλλὰ [καὶ] τὰ ἑτέρων ἕκαστοι.
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