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Philippians, Chapter Three, Lesson Two

REJECTING THE WORLD           Page 4

V. 9 ** What is the benefit of gaining Christ anyway, when it comes down to the final analysis, where will we be found?

Paul and all true Christians are "found in Him". cf. Colossians 3:3-4

** Doesn't all of that religious effort create our own righteousness?

Absolutely not! He continues, "...not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law..."
cf. Romans 3:19-20, Galatians 2:15-16, Galatians 3:11

** If a Christian's righteousness does not come by doing a bunch of religious activity, from where does it come?

"...through faith in Christ..."
"...[it] comes from God on the basis of faith..."
cf. 2Corinthians 5:21

V.10 ** The apostle now lays out for us the four-fold effect upon the true child of God as he or she places their faith in Christ, is continually "Rejecting the World" by leaving behind the rubbish and embraces a totally new value system. What is it?

1) "...that I may know Him..." cf. Ephesians 4:13
2) that I may know, "...the power of His resurrection..." cf. 1Corinthians 6:14, Ephesians 1:18-21
3) that I may know, "...the fellowship of His sufferings..." cf. Colossians 1:24, John 15:20
4) "...being conformed to His death..." cf. Romans 6:4-11 (All see)

V.11 ** Now, back in Philippians 3:11, what is the outcome of this four-fold effect upon the Christian's life?

"...in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead."
cf. Mark 12:18-24 - The Sadducees did not believe in the Resurrection.
Romans 8:22-23 - The redemption of the body.
John 5:28-29 - The resurrection of life.
Revelation 20:5-6 - The first resurrection.
(Second death: Revelation 20:14)

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