The Knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord
Philippians 3:8 “Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them by dung, that I may win Christ,”
As the eye beholds an object, an image of it is introduced and impressed upon our minds. It becomes a part of our memory.
So, the eye of faith, as it looks and beholds Christ, than an image of Him is formed in our souls.
His image is formed on our minds….we think of Him, often.
Formed on our hearts….our affections are moved toward Him.
Formed on our wills….we want to will after Him.
The knowledge of God we are talking about is the personal knowledge of fellowship and communion between our soul and the Lord Christ.
(Our soul is made of three parts of our personality: our minds, our hearts, and our wills.
The way we think, our emotional make-up, and our determined actions.)
Faith always shows us God….and so, through the light of the Scriptures—His Word,….and by the Spirit, we are able to take what is communicated to us by faith, and “see” God.
This is not imagination……but faith, giving us the substance of what we believe.
Faith shows us Christ…..and when Christ is seen….change comes to our lives.
2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image (character) from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
(Notice this is all about “the Lord”….my Lord)
Faith has so great an influence on us, that it changes the heart’s desire into the same image (character) of Christ.
Let’s look at a few examples in the faith chapter: Hebrews 11.
There was Abraham and his call….
Hebrews 11:8 “By faith Abraham when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whiter he went.”
There was Moses and his leaving the riches and power of this world…
Hebrews 11:24-26 “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaohs’ daughter;
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, then to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.”
Then there was Rehab, giving up all she knew, to believe and stand with God’s people…..
Hebrew 11:31 “By faith the harlot Rehab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.”
You see faith shows us Christ….and He leads us out of what would hold us back,…from ourselves or the world……and leads us on with Him.
He is the goal….and also the great apprehender:
Philippians 3:12 “Not as though I had already attained, neither were already perfect (complete): but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.”
Christ, sending forth His faith into our hearts by the Holy Spirit…..apprehends…gets hold of us (praise God that it is His holding us, that is the power…..for if we got to heaven by us holding Christ….we would never make it)…..
….constraining us by His love,…..wooing us by His Spirit to keep coming to Him….and teaching us by His Word, how to do His Will.
He apprehends us….and gives us the desire to, as Paul, to follow after to get what He has for us.
Paul said, “I pursue with vigor”.
[As the Song of Solomon says:
Song of Solomon 1:2 “Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth: for Thy love is better than wine.”
First, His love is shown….we follow after with our hearts.
Song of Solomon 1:3 “Because of the savor of Thy good ointments Thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love Thee.”
Then, His Name is shown and all it means to us…..and we follow after with our minds. (“Because” is reasonable knowledge)
Song of Solomon 1:4 “Draw me, we will run after Thee: the King hath brought me into His Chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in Thee, we will remember Thy love more than wine: the upright love Thee.”
Then our wills are drawn to run after the King in our wills….to make a determined decision to yield to His rule…….and to receive the intimate knowledge of His peace and joy in the Spirit (wine).]
I pursue with vigor…..I want Him….more and more of Him….this is the exercise of rejoicing in God,…..
Philippians 3:1 “Finally, by brethren, rejoice in the Lord….”
It is an exercise, because all our soul’s faculties are involved:
To rejoice, we must will it……for it is God’s Will that we rejoice in Him.
Our minds must understand He is all good……then we are enlightened to rejoice, now.
Our hearts, then will look to Christ Jesus, and rejoice…..in Him.
That is why, rejoicing is always…..in the Lord.
The Adversary, the devil…often tells us that we can not rejoice in what we have…..because we do not have what we should have.
Or that rejoicing in the good things now, is not necessary….because there are always greater things coming.
But the Holy Spirit will teach us, by faith,……to exercise our minds, hearts, and wills to receive the tranquility of Spirit,…..the foundation of a mind stayed on God,…..and willed determination to follow after….to pursue with vigor….to exercise rejoicing in my Lord.