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January 31st, 2018 - Phil 3:10b-11

                Daily Devotional <> January 31, 2018 <> Wednesday

             Paul's commitment to Christ – 6  <> Philippians 3:10b-11

                     Point of contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   “That I may know” <> Paul at the end of his life still had the ambition to know Christ. Today we see some saints who give us the impression that they have arrived & have complete knowledge, & just need to keep their halo polished & be ready to take off at any moment. But yet Paul, the greatest missionary the world has ever seen, said at the end of his life, “My ambitions are to know Christ <> His person & the power of His resurrection.

   The greatest comfort in all our lives should be the reality of Christ. I need that in my life <> now before you start pointing an accusing finger at me, just remember you need that too!

   “And the fellowship of His sufferings” <> Oh, how we need to know the fellowship of His sufferings! Psalm 22 talks about the suffering, of our Savior first verse (My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me? Why are You so far from Me & from the Words of My Groaning?) We need to know the fellowship of His sufferings. To know Christ & His redemptive work on the cross will give us a sense of eternity. We will spend an eternity praising Him for that. If you are bored with praising Him now, if you don't enjoy praising Christ now, I don't know why you would want to go to heaven.

   “If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” When Paul uses the word if here he is not expressing any doubt in his participation in the Rapture. He is affirming that he will have a part in it with great joy. Paul did not expect to attain perfection in this life; but, he wanted to have full participation in the Rapture. When someone says they don't believe in the Rapture, we wonder about their relationship with Christ. Paul is saying here, my ambitions, the things I'm moving towards, is not only that I might know Him, but that I might have a meaningful, part in the resurrection going out,” which is the Rapture of the church. Old Testament saints will not be raised until the end of the great tribulation period (Daniel 12:1-3). The rest will be raised at the end of the Millennium. Paul says, “It will get me in His presence!”