I am preparing to teach this evening from Paul’s epistle to the Philippian church. We are covering the first 11 verses of chapter 3. The previous lesson was from chapter 2 about working out your salvation with fear and trembling. Paul teaches us how to do this in our daily lives.
In chapter 3, Paul’s desire is that we know Christ specifically, above all else. The reason that he motivates us to focus on Christ is because of our sin nature, we have a tendency to turn to idols. Idols are anything that take the #1 place of Christ in your life. Even noble things can become idols and when they do, they become negative. Idolatry is a sin that enslaves us before we come to Christ and a sin that tries to take our focus off of Christ once we have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. That is why 1 John ends the way that it does. The entire epistle is about the love of God, how it is manifested to us, in us, and through us. Continue reading