"That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection..."
Text: Philippians 3:10
THE PURSUIT OF DEEP KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST
Knowledge of Christ was never static. Paul believed that the knowledge of Christ was truly deep and profound. It was right to pursue the deep knowledge of Christ!
“That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection,
and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.”
1. “That I may know Him”
a) Paul had a deep respect of the Person of Christ.
b) He was more than just a Teacher and Saviour.
c) He was more than just Lord.
d) Whatever Christ represented Paul wanted to know Him better!
2. “And the power of His resurrection”
a) The conjunction “and” keeps the sentence closely linked together.
b) To know Christ must cause one to desire to know His power.
c) One of the most significant expression of power was Christ’s resurrection from the dead.
Paul wanted to experience and if possible tap into this Power of the Lord.
3. “And the fellowship of His sufferings”
a) Paul desired total identification with Christ.
b) This includes entering into the sufferings of Christ.
c) Paul was prepared to suffer for the sake of Christ.
d) In this suffering he would then experience an even deeper sense of identification with Christ!
4. “Being conformed to His death”
a) Christ was prepared to die according to God’s will for Him.
b) Paul was willing to walk in the footsteps of Christ in the ultimate sense of the word.
c) This was the degree of “conformity” to Christ that he sought.
A GREAT INSPIRATION
Paul was such an inspiration to all who read his epistles, from the first to the twenty-first century! This is the kind of knowledge that all should desire to seek! But to choose this pathway is to truly walk “the road less travelled”.