By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
THREE DESIRES OF PAUL
Desire for a certain thing is what makes people do what they do in life.
For food and shelter - makes a man work.
For more business - makes the businessman work at it.
For better crops - makes the farmer work harder.
For a trophy - makes the athlete push harder.
For God's will - makes the Christian stay with his mission.
For God's Word - makes the student study and apply.
In this lesson, let's look at Paul's desires and see how they relate to us.
TO BE FOUND IN HIM - Phil. 3:8-9.
The cost of Paul's desire - v. 4-7.
If any had confidence in the flesh - he did - v. 4.
Nevertheless, I count them as loss.
All things as loss:
To know Him - GNOSIS - knowledge with understanding.
Know what He did for him.
Receive righteousness - from God because of His love.
DESIRE TO MAGNIFY CHRIST - Phil. 1:20.
Magnify - MEGALUNO - to make great, to enlarge.
The purpose of every child of God.
Called by name of Christian - Christ-like.
The reason for living a Godly life.
We confess Jesus as Lord - must follow Him.
The reason a Christian does not "quibble" about:
Conforming to authority.
Setting the right example.
The Christian always wants to be a shining light - Matthew 5:14-16.
Positive attitude in the present situation.
Paul said, "To live is Christ, to die is gain."
DESIRE TO BE WITH CHRIST - Phil. 1:21.
Paul had assurance of salvation.
Without assurance, desire is void.
II Timothy 4:7-8 - Paul had assurance.
Paul preached assurance.
Colossians 1:3-4 - Faith and love because of hope.
John preached assurance - I John 5:13.
Peter preached assurance - I Peter 1:3-5.
Paul desired to be with Christ so much that he was willing to magnify Him daily.
Do you desire to be found "IN CHRIST"?
Does your life "MAGNIFY" your Lord each day?
Do you desire to "BE WITH CHRIST"?
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