Holy Aspirations (Phil. 3:7-14)

  All of us  aspire  to  something.  The  Apostle Paul, in Phil. 3:7-14 had  “holy  aspirations.”  Let’s aspire with him. In Phil 3:1-6 he  recounts  his life   outside of Christ.  If  anyone  had a   “high class” pedigree, it was Saul of Tarsus. In Phil. 3:7 he tells us what  his  assessment  is:  But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.”

          From  Phil 3:8-14 Paul tells  us what his  goals are   in  Christ.  In Phil. 3:8 he wants  to “gain Christ.” He wanted  to  find Him as  a  daily  prize, one to treasure beyond  degree.  In I Cor. 2:2  he writes this: “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”

          In Phil 3:9 he aspires to  “found in  Christ.”  We are  in Christ; we have  put Him on in  baptism (Gal. 3:26-27). We  have the  promised  indwelt Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).  He  abides in  us. There is  “now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1).

          Phil. 3:10, Paul aspires  to “know Christ.” He want to  become like Him who died for him (I John 3:2).  His  goal is  to be “conformed to the  image  of the Son of God.”

          His goal is  to  attain  to the resurrection from the dead.  The  resurrection of the Lord Jesus  is the  cornerstone of the  Christian faith. Without   it  we have  no  hope because Jesus is  still in the  grave and cannot redeem us. Because  He  overcame  death and  redeemed us from our lost  state, we have the   hope that is a  reality that we will live  beyond this life with  Him forever.

The  promise that Jesus  is  coming back for His  Church  is another  thing that   Paul aspired  for. He  believed that Jesus  would keep His Word and  come again.  Each  generation of believers  must  believe in the   imminent coming of the Lord Jesus.

Paul said that  another  goal he had was  “to press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Jesus is coming  again!  We must be  found ready. We must be  found watching, waiting and working for Him. The  Crown of Righteousness (II Tim. 4:8) is waiting  for the Christian  who is living  in expectation of he  return  of the  Blessed Hope  (Titus 2:11-15)

Let’s set our goals with  the Apostle Paul and strive to “grow in  the  grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus!”

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