Joy in the Lord and What Can Spoil it (3:1-3)
Paul’s Experience Under Judaism and in Christianity (3:4-14)
Paul's sense of his own sin did not lessen with time. There can be a tendency to think higher ourselves as time passes in light of past wrongs. Not Paul. Writing in A.D. 54 he referred to himself as "not fit to be called apostle" (1 Cor. 15:9), in A.D. 64 as "less than the least of all saints" (Eph. 3:8), and in A.D. 65 as "the chief of sinners" (1 Tim. 1:15). His humility only grew as time went on! Interestingly, his sense of the light of God's glory which shone about him on the Damascus road also increased each time the story is told (Acts 9:3; 22:6; 26:13).In addition to forgetting the successes of the flesh, Paul was “stretching out to the things before”. He was longing for heaven, to see his Lord and Savior.
Exhortation to Follow Paul (3:15-21)
- A poor man may not part with his old coat; but if you give him a new one instead, he will soon have done with it. The moment the soul has the eye fixed on the Lord Jesus, all our righteousness becomes filthy rags, and the heart revolts from mixing it up with Him. – Darby, J.N. Brief Thoughts on Philippians.
- In a world where Christ had been rejected, the object of all my hopes is at the right hand of God. I have got a life completely paramount over death. The resurrection of Christ was past sin, past Satan’s power, past judgment, past death. The second Man had gone into death – was made sin; but He is risen, and all that is past. God has been glorified, and death belongs to us now as we belonged to it in the first man. We have got this divine life which is above everything in the world. – Darby, J.N. Brief Thoughts on Philippians.