Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Philippians 3-4~ Day 84~Is it all💩?

My CSB version changed a word that got me to think, “Whoa, Paul! Watch your mouth!”
Yet, I know, that sometimes strong language gets the other person to listen up and pay attention to what is being said.
“More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them as dung, so that I may gain Christ...” (3:8)
The NIV says, “I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ” and the KJV uses the word “rubbish”.
The word, skubalon, isn’t found anywhere else in the New Testament. The translators know it is to mean the vilest dross or refuse of anything; the worst excrement.
So, Paul’s point, by choosing such a strong word, is to show (as one commentary put it) how utterly insignificant and unavailing everything is compared to the gospel of Jesus, our salvation.

I heard a teacher friend of mine use a good phrase when she does Bible lessons with her students. She asks her students to look for the “timeless truth”.
So, what’s the timeless truth in this passage for me? Obviously, I agree with Paul that “my goal is to know Him and the power of his resurrection” (3:10), but is it also my goal to know the fellowship of his suffering, being conformed to his death.”?

Do I consider all of that I have “dung” and am I really ready to suffer the loss of all that I have, to have that “fellowship” with him?  Those are good questions to ask oneself and prepare for an answer. What was true for Paul would be true for us – the timeless truth is that we need to join in imitating Paul (4:17) in this- consider all dung,  so that “I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ – the righteousness from God based on faith.” (3:9)

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