That I May Know Him…
Philippians 3:10 – I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death
Before we delve into this digest, I’ll encourage you to read the digests, “the purpose of an encounter”, and another digest, “encounters, truth and Gods word”. These digests are pre-ambles to today’s digest, please if you haven’t read them you’ll need to, to get a better grasp of this digest. You can read them here, and here.
This is a popular scripture that seems a bit misunderstood, a lot of people have read this to believe that Apostle Paul was speaking about having some supernatural encounter with Jesus, the real question is assuming that was what he actually was speaking about, then it was for what purpose? Apostle Paul spent the better part of His life doing one thing and having one desire, which is to preach the gospel mostly to Gentiles and get them saved, that was Paul’s desire throughout ministry, He had spiritual experiences, many of which He didn’t even write in any of his letters, in fact he nearly wrote none of them in any letter. Paul’s focus was to do God’s will in seeing the world saved.
If Paul spoke about knowing Jesus, it most likely wasn’t talking about Spiritual experiences, because Paul had many, so many he couldn’t even speak on some, it wasn’t a desire he had as such, but as a result of ministry work, he had a couple of them. So what does “that I may know Him” mean? To get a better understanding of this, it’s best we begin our reading from the first verse of this chapter, carefully doing that you’ll notice that the themes of this chapter are righteousness by faith, and salvation, and the phrase ,”that I may know Him” was mentioned more than once but in different a form,
Philippians 3:8 – Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ
He says it again, knowing Christ. He was simply speaking about leaving his past to focus on Christ and His ability to save through faith in Him. Remember, that the bible wasn’t written in chapters and verses, so there is a central message being spoken about, he couldn’t have been talking about righteousness by faith one time, and all of a sudden begin speaking on an entirely different and unrelated subject. When he said that I may know him, he was speaking about knowing Christ’s ability to save like he had mentioned earlier, and when he spoke about experiencing death, he wasn’t being figurative there, he meant he wanted to actually die for Christ, which he did. However, the experience of dying with Christ, every believer experiences that, so even if Paul meant that it was nothing unique.
Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death?
For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives
Guys, you have the ultimate experience that you could have ever gotten in Christ, and that is just enough.
Thank you Jesus for revealing yourself to me, and showing me the amazing truth of who you are in scripture.
Author – Gem