Phil. 3:4-7 Our Only Boast is Christ

Do You Know Christ?

What is your testimony of how you came to know Christ? Who was influential in telling you about Christ’s love? 

Here in Philippians 3 we have one of the greatest salvation testimonies recorded in Scripture. Paul was raised in a very religious home and was taught God’s Word from a young age. In his adult years he had found himself trusting on his birth, race and religion for the righteousness that would ‘please God’. Christ made himself known to Paul on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-10) and that event would forever change his life. 

Paul declares in Phil 3:4-6 all the personal achievements and privileges that he relied on to gain salvation were worthless, and in v. 7 emphatically declares “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.” What do you view as ‘gain’ in your life? What are you relying on to ‘please God’? Paul’s life goal was to know Christ and make him known. Do you know Christ? Are you making Christ known to those you talked with today? 

Throughout our study in the book of Philippians we have been exploring what it means to joyfully live like Christ. As Paul desires that he would “know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings” he does so even to the point of “being made conformable unto his death”. Because of what Christ has accomplished on the cross, we know that our only boast is in Christ. We know as 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Consider how you can make much of Christ in your life. Not relying on your own power, but daily receiving grace from God to accomplish his work.

 

Questions to Consider:

Do you know Christ?

What are you relying on to get you to heaven?

Believer, are you making Christ known to those you talked with today?