Project has sadly come to a close, which also means that we have wrapped up studying Philippians!
Here is a deeper look into what Paul is writing about to the Philippians in the third and fourth chapters.
PAUL'S APPEAL TO HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST
Paul begins chapter 3 with cautioning the Philippians to take heed of those false teachers.
In verses 4-8 he shows himself as an example of trusting in Christ only, and not in his resume of qualifications as an Israelite. But Paul counts everything as loss compared to the goal of knowing Christ. True righteousness is received through faith, not by being obedience to any law. He gave up all his honors and advantages, as a Jew and a Pharisee, and submitted to all the disgrace and suffering with preaching of the gospel. Next he explains that there is a righteousness provided for us in Jesus Christ, and it is a complete and perfect righteousness appointed of God (3:9). He also makes clear that there is no getting to heaven as our home but by Christ as our way. He proposes himself and his brethren for an example, in opposition to the evil examples of ending in destruction and glorying in their shame (3:19). He closes with explaining that a Christian’s citizenship is in heaven. Paul sets his affections upon things above and “will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body” (3:21).
PAUL'S APPEAL TO HAVE THE PEACE OF CHRIST
In a series of exhortations in chapter 4, Paul urges the Philippians to have peace with the brethren by living a life-style of unity, prayerful dependence, and holiness (4:13). In 4:4-9, Paul describes the secrets of having the peace of God as well as peace with God. He then rejoices over their gift, but explains that the power of Christ enables him to live above his circumstances (4:10-20). It is truly amazing how he writes this joyous letter from prison. Paul then closes with giving all the glory to God and leaves them with a benediction (4:21-23).
Braden Lowe’s take on what he has seen in chapter 3 of Philippians is Paul's laying out the meaning of the gospel. Through our theme verses (3:7-8) “count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ.” It shows how Jesus is worth everything and nothing else measures up or matters. Another awesome observation Braden made was in verses 3:12-15 with Paul saying “not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect” showing him that Paul is still struggling and learning the gospel himself. It’s not something that is over and done with but a goal or prize he is working towards. Paul also talks about how maturity is something to strive for and a mature mindset is having a fresh outlook to learning more about Jesus.
Philippians 4:11 “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” This verse has been good for Erica Jensen to think about because coming into this summer she felt discontent with friends and situations in her life. She has seen the joy that comes from living more in the here and now and being content with where the Lord has her.
Please pray that we would continue to strive for learning more and more about the gospel. Also that we could count things as loss compared to the surpassing worth of knowing Christ and encourage others to do the same.