Philippians 3:10-21, verses 10-11 text.
Today there are two great issues facing our country and especially Fundamentalism are the problems of:
Christians who either possess no spiritual goals for their lives or,
Those who attempt to maintain two contradictory goals at the same time.
Neither type of these Christians ever accomplishes much for The Lord.
Paul, however; exhibited definite worthy eternal goals as he faced the future. These goals can serve as a commendable example for us as we look forward to the prospects of the future.
PAUL’S GOALS ARE DEFINED IN VERSES 10-11.
A. Paul’s Guidelines in verses 13-21.
B. Paul’s Glory in verses 20-21.
These goals were idealized in verses 10-11 and realized in verses 20-21.
Paul’s first goal was to experience the Person of His Lord.
“That I may know Him.” Know-Ginosko. Relates to the heart, not the intellect and thus desiring an intimate relationship. Paul’s desires were similar to King David:
Psalm 42:1-2, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?”
Psalm 63:1, “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.”
Paul’s second goal was to experience the Power of His life verse 10.
Romans 8:11, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
Ephesians 3:20, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”