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1 All Things Loss For Christ
Why Paul Became A Christian Philippians 3:8-11

2 Paul’s Loss to Gain Christ
Why did Paul give up many things to gain Christ? Was Paul mad or crazy? What motivation was present to make the change from Judaism to Christianity? Why did the bright stars of Paul’s life fade at the presence of the Son of God (Acts 26:13)?

3 What Paul Gave Up Matthew 13:44-46 * Philippians 3:5-7
His religious status His illustrious ancestry His religious party His devoted zeal

4 All Things Loss For Christ Philippians 3:8-11 ( Eight Statements of Motivation )
1. The excellency of the knowledge of Christ 2. That I may gain Christ 3. Be found in him 4. That I may know him

5 All Things Loss For Christ Philippians 3:8-11 ( Eight Statements of Motivation )
5. The power of his resurrection 6. The fellowship of his sufferings 7. Becoming conformed unto his death 8. I may attain unto the resurrection from the dead

6 The Excellency of the Knowledge of Christ
Paul previously had great human knowledge (Acts 22;3; Phil. 3:5) The knowledge of Christ is “excellent” (surpassing greatness, above all) because it is divine, not human; because it leads to salvation (Gal. 1:12; Col. 2:2-3) Divine knowledge is a motivation (Jer. 9:23-24; Rom. 8:1-2)

7 That I May Gain Christ Paul previously had gained a great standing and earthly recognition (Gal. 1:13-14) To “gain Christ” is to make him one’s own; to appropriate him in one’s life so as to become full or complete (Col. 2:6-7,10) Gaining Christ is a motivation

8 Be Found in Him Paul previously had been found in social circles and the law (Phil. 3:5-6) One is “found in him” when one is baptized into Christ and has put on Christ (Jn. 15:1-5; Gal. 3:27) Putting on Christ is a motivation

9 That I May Know Him Paul previously had known many great Jews and known about Jesus (Acts 26:9) To “know” Christ is not mere intellectual knowledge, but close communion, fellowship, and experience Knowing Christ is a motivation (Jn. 17:3; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 4:13; Phil. 1:21; 4:13; 2 Tim. 1:12)

10 The Power of His Resurrection
Paul previously had lived in the death of sin (Eph. 2:5) The “power of his resurrection” is the resurrection from sin and newness of life (Rom. 6:3-12; Tim. 2:11-12) Raised from sin is a motivation

11 The Fellowship of His Sufferings
Paul previously had caused others to suffer (Acts 8:3; 9:1-2; 26:10; Phil. 3:6) The “fellowship of his sufferings” was suffering with Christ, like Christ, and for Christ (Acts 9:16; 14:22; Cor. 11:23-28; Phil. 1:29; 1 Tim. 3:12) Suffering that leads to glory in heaven is a motivation (Rom. 8:17; 2 Tim. 2:10,12)

12 Becoming Conformed Unto His Death
Paul previously had caused others to die One is “conformed unto his death” when he dies like Christ died – a death to self; a death for others (Rom. 8:29; Gal. 6:14; Phil. 2:5-9) Sacrificing for others is a motivation (2 Tim. 4:6-8)

13 The Resurrection From the Dead
Paul previously believed in a resurrection, but would not have been raised with the righteous The “resurrection from the death” refers to the specific resurrection of the righteous dead (unto life) apart from the wicked dead (Jn. 5:28-29; Acts 24:15) Raised with the righteous to go to heaven is a motivation (Lk. 14:14; 20:35; 1 Cor. 15:23)

14 All Things Loss For Christ
Why convert to Christ? Why leave denominationalism? Why remain faithful as a Christian?

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