Bible Study—October 31, 2013

Philippians 3:7-11

[In Philippians 3:10] says, “To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” When Paul wrote the Epistle to the Philippians, he had the experiential knowledge of Christ and was experiencing the power of His resurrection. While in the Roman prison, he may have been bound in stocks under the threat of execution by being beheaded or thrown to wild beasts in the amphitheater. In that situation he needed to know the power of the resurrection of Christ. The power of Christ’s resurrection is His resurrection life which raised Him from among the dead (Eph. 1:19-20). It is the resurrected and resurrecting Christ, and the reality of resurrection is the Spirit (Rom. 1:4; 8:11).

Today the Spirit is in our human spirit. The way to experientially know the power of resurrection is to turn to our spirit and remain in our spirit. It may not be necessary to pray to remain in our spirit. We may simply praise, sing hallelujahs, and shout triumphantly. This is the way to experience the power of Christ’s resurrection.

When, Paul was in the Roman prison, he experienced this power of resurrection during his suffering time. Hence, he said, “I can do all things in Him who empowers me” (Phil. 4:13). The One who empowers Paul is the power of resurrection. Praise the Lord that within us there is the power of resurrection. By Him, we can live a life that expresses and magnifies Christ (Phil. 1:20).

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Reading: Life-study of Philippians, Message 21, 22
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Hymn (Tune)
Category: Encouragement

1. Press on, press on toward the goal—
The all-inclusive Christ.
To gain the prize of God’s high call,
Press on, press on to Christ!

Pressing on! Pressing on!
Pressing on! Hallelujah for the prize
We’re pressing on! On and on!
To gain the Christ of God!

2. Press on, press on, count all things loss.
All that is gain to us,
To win the prize, the Christ of God,
Is far more glorious!

3. Press on, press on to know the Lord
And resurrection power—
Oh, this is our supreme reward,
E’en in the suffering hour!

4. Press on, press on, this one thing do,
Forget the things behind;
Press onward to the Christ before,
Press onward with this mind!