- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Philippians 3
Surpassing greatness of knowledge.
Imprisoned Apostle Paul wrote, “rejoice in the Lord.” (v1). Where did his joy come from?
Chapter 3 highlighted the sources of his joy, which was transcending all things. It came from Christ Jesus, “knowing him and being found in him.”
“dogs” (v2) are analogy, a bitter reference to those who had confidence in their flesh, outward state or rite of the law. They were called Judaizes, Jewish Christians who wrongly believed that Gentiles should follow all the Jewish laws, especially submission to the rite of circumcision. They were spiritually pride of being born Jewish, having confidence on their flesh. Apostle Paul warned them that they neglected the free grace of God through Jesus Christ for all, Jews and Gentiles, to be saved.
He set an example of confidence on his own flesh— noble birth, education, zeal, self-righteousness. But he regarded them as rubbish, compared to the greatness of knowledge, Christ Jesus. His life and ministry always were on focus — pressing on to the goal for which Jesus Christ took hold of him, to be found in Jesus Christ, and knowing the power of death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He appealed Philippian congregation, “follow my example.”
Another source of joy was the hope that Apostle Paul stood upon. It was our citizenship, our commonwealth, our real homeland in heaven where he was eagerly waiting for his body to be glorified by Jesus Christ.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.