Dear Brothers & Sisters
Are you ready for some of the most profound verses in the Bible?!?! That comment could be interpreted as slightly over the top. However, prior to my paralysis, the Lord laid verses 10 and 11 on my heart and they have become some of my life verses. “I want to know Christ” never loses its punch - we can get to know Him more and more until we see Him face-to-face. I trust that Philippians 3 is unfolding so much about who Jesus is to you as it is to me.
I want to thank you for praying for me during my surgery. Jennifer, Carson, Joyce, Kelly, Jason and Jimmy, thank you ever so much for taking the time to send such a loving greeting. I am so humbled by the love showered on me by the Body of Christ. Thank you. I have to admit, I thought i’d be cruising after my surgery as it was two weeks ago today but I’m still a bit flat.
I don’t want to confuse threads, but I have not been diligent in relaying and pulling together those who had prayer concerns. I’m sorry. I’m a bit behind but I will still do so. Just to consider within this memorization group the very desperate needs is sobering. Please forgive my evaporation act as I want so much to ask as well as make comments on our verses. Again, please share questions or insights with us all as I think it encourages us so much. One comment that I’ll just throw in is how, I don’t think we realize how Paul had it made. It was as if a celebrity or a president of a nation gave it up for Jesus and saw the coveted position as garbage! Paul had it all but saw it as nothing because it didn’t include Jesus. I’m so grateful that we have that attitude. Because of Jesus, we have it all and no one can take it from us.
Here are this week’s verses. It is interesting that the NKJV has it but in the text, it means that the word “it” is italicized. Maybe it will turn that way when it posts but I had never seen that before. Also, verses 9 and 10 pick up and end in mid-sentence.
Philippians 3:9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.
Philippians 3:10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, (NIV)
Philippians 3:9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—
Philippians 3:10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, (ESV)
Philippians 3: 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;
Philippians 3: 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death (NKJV)
Also, an unwelcomed reminder: Please keep in mind what you are desiring to memorize after Philippians 3. Can you believe that we are almost half way through memorizing the chapter already? Way to go Team! I sure appreciate each of you. Thanks. I cannot adequately convey how memorizing with you gives me such a deep bond with you.