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Joy defense

Philippians 3:1 AV 1873
1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
Paul repeats again the importance of keeping joy first. Joy defends us from all sorts of ill. Joy also robs our anger and our hardship. If we see hardship as a joy robber, we see it all wrong. Consider the reality that Paul is writing about joy from imprisonment. If you are not getting your way or trouble lurks for you, rejoicing in everything is the answer. (; )
Joyful dog illustration
Joyful dog. We have a lumbering lab who loves to make messes.
Philippians 3:1–4a AV 1873
1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. 2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. 3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. 4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
Choosing to go on the offensive by rejoicing in the midst of hardship is the single greatest defense from the things that make us turn away from God.

Choosing to go on the offensive by rejoicing in the midst of hardship is the single greatest defense from the things that make us turn away from God.

rejoicing as a safeguard slide:

Rejoicing as a Safeguard: Paul begins the chapter by again commanding the Philippians to rejoice. It is one of the most critical things they can do to guard their hearts against discouragement. It’s not just a good idea, it is a safeguard specifically designed by God for this purpose. How does it work? If I am choosing to rejoice in the Lord whatever my circumstances or situation, it will be nearly impossible to grumble and complain about them. It is an either/or proposition. A natural consequence of truly rejoicing in the Lord about something is the inability to complain about it. You cannot grumble and rejoice about the same thing at the same time. If you’re grumbling, you’re not rejoicing.

Runge, S. E. (2011). High Definition Commentary: Philippians (). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

What not to do

Philippians 3:2–3 AV 1873
2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. 3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
Philippians 3:2 AV 1873
2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
Paul gives a short list of what to avoid.
These dogs are evil. They seek to tear down the people of God by separating them from the truth of God. Our dog's great purpose in life, when we brought him home, was to chew everything I own and leave his own stuff alone.

It was common for some Jews to refer to Gentiles as dogs, which were considered unclean animals. Paul used the term to describe those Jews who mutilated the gospel by insisting on the need to mutilate the flesh in order to be rightly related to God. What they did was actually evil, even though they may have had good intentions.

Lightner, R. P. (1985). Philippians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 659). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
Those who do evil: These people are the ones who seek to add, maliciously, to salvation. Those who keep you from the truth are evil and are used for that purpose. Paul is simply describing here, what people cause doctrine problems and people problems.
Concision: Those who mutilate the flesh.
Religious people have a difficult time with lost people. This is why God has not called us to be religious. Religious people will strap lost people with restrictions in place of holiness. Religious people will attempt to be the holy spirit to people and cause them great confusion of what the truth of God actually is.
Don't replace what you think with what God says.

What we should do Phil. 3:4-14

Philippians 3:4 AV 1873
4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:

1. Religious accomplishment ()

Philippians 3:4–6 AV 1873
4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

It cannot be emphasized too strongly that Paul did not place any confidence in the flesh. He had gained victory over that temptation of the devil. His presentation in these verses was intended to review for the Philippians the things in which he could have placed confidence if he had wanted to. In fact the list included things in which he did place great value and trust before he met Christ. His intention was to show that in the flesh he had more in which he could have boasted than did any of the Judaizers.

The anyone else (v. 4) referred to all who place confidence in the flesh. Paul wrote as though he were challenging the Judaizers to a showdown. His preliminary conclusion before he even got specific was that no matter what advantage was brought forth by his opponents, his advantages exceeded theirs (cf. Gal. 1:14).

Galatians 1:14 AV 1873
14 and profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

Paul had problems, then he met Christ!!!!!

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ABANDONED ()

2. Abandon ()

Philippians 3:7 AV 1873
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

3. All things: ABANDONED ()

2. All things: ABANDONED ()
Philippians 3:8–9 AV 1873
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
Philippians 3:8–9 AV 1873
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Doubtless Paul considered his life-transforming conversion on the Damascus Road as the time when he switched from confidence in the flesh to confidence in Christ alone.

3.One Purpose (very important to achieve joyful living): ()
One Purpose (very important to achieve joyful living): ()

It would be hard to find a more forceful refutation of human effort to please God than what Paul presented here (v. 8). Four Greek particles (alla menoun ge kai) are translated what is more and introduce the strong statements of verse 8. Paul considered as loss not only the things already listed (vv. 5–6), but everything (v. 8). In exchange for confidence in the flesh Paul gained the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus personally. Christ was now his Lord.

Philippians 3:9 AV 1873
9 and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

The righteousness which saves and in which Paul rested is through (dia) faith in Christ. This is the only kind which comes from God and is by (epi) faith. When a believing sinner responds in faith to the Spirit’s work in his heart, he is clothed in the righteousness of Christ (Rom. 3:24–26). In this position he is “accepted in the Beloved” (Eph. 1:6, KJV). Thus robed, the believing sinner stands complete in Christ.

4. One Purpose (very important to achieve joyful living): ()

Philippians 3:10–11 AV 1873
10 that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
"The words “becoming like Him” translate symmorphizomenos, which means “being conformed inwardly in one’s experience to something” (cf. ), in this case, to Christ’s death. As Christ died for sin, so a believer has died to sin (, ; )."

To know (v. 10) means “to know by experience” (gnōnai). The noun (gnōseōs) is used in verse 8. The “surpassing greatness of knowing Christ” is now elaborated in verses 10–11. This is how Paul wanted to know Him. More of what he desired in his Christian life follows.

To experience the power of His resurrection was also the apostle’s goal. The power which brought Christ forth from the dead now operates in believers’ lives since they have been “raised with Christ” (Col. 3:1). “Power” (dynamis, also used in Acts 1:8; Rom. 1:16) means ability to overcome resistance. By setting forth his own goals and ambitions Paul gave the Philippians an example to follow. His example was, of course, in stark contrast to the Judaizers whose example they were not to follow.

5. Motivation to "Press On" ()

Lightner, R. P. (1985). Philippians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 661). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
Philippians 3:12–14 AV 1873
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Phil. 3:12-14
4. Motivation to "Press On" ()

6. Pursuing Christlikeness.

Pursuing Christlikeness.

7. Rejoicing is the pursuit of Christlikeness.

Rejoicing is the pursuit of Christlikeness.
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