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The Surpassing Value of Knowing Christ

The Surpassing Value of Knowing Christ

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\u201dThe Surpassing Valueof Knowing Christ\u201d
(Phi1 ippians3 : 7-11
1
Introduction: On one occasion, the Lord Jesus Christ told this
parable to His disciples, \u201dTHE LANDOFA CERTAIN RICH MAN WAS VERY
PRODUCTIVE. AND HE BEGAN REASONING TO HIMSELF, SAYING \u2019WHAT SHALL
I DO, SINCE I HAVE NO PLACE TO STORE MY CROPS?\u2019 AND HE SAID, \u2019THIS
IS WHATI WILL DO:I WILL TEAR DOWN MY BARNS AND BUILD LARGER
ONES, AND THERE I WILL STORE ALL MY GRAIN AND MY GOODS. AND I WILL
SAY TO MY SOUL, \u201dSOUL, YOU HAVE MANY GOODS LAID UP FOR MANY YEARS
TO COME; TAKE YOUR EASE, EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY.
\u201d \u2019

BUT GOD SAID TO HIM, \u2019YOU FOOL! THIS VERY NIGHT YOUR SOULIS REQUIRED OF YOU; AND NOW WHO WILL HAVE WHAT YOU HAVE PREPARED?\u2019SOIS THE MAN WHO LAYS UP TREASURE FOR HIMSELF, ANDIS NOT RICH TOWARD GOD\u201d (Luke

12:16-21).
This man prospered in life. But of what use were his

riches to him in death? Consider what you highly value in life.
Place yourself on your death bed and see how valuable these things
really are. They are not the true riches; the true riches are in

Christ.
You will remember that last time in Philippians we saw the

warning of Paul to beware of the false circumcision,orthe Judiazers, who sought to bring the people of God under the requirements of keeping the ceremonial aspects of the Law,

especially circumcision, in order to be saved. Paul, in answering their arguments, compared the works which he had done with their\u2019s to show them how he had far outstripped them in zeal and

accomplishments under the Judaistic system. However, he came to
realize that what he had gained through his own works of
righteousness had become to him less than nothing when he saw the
true value of knowing Christ. In fact, all earthly treasures
vanished when compared them to Christ. For here he found the true

riches, those that would profit not only in this life, but also in the ages to come. And whatI want you to see from this portion of Scripture this morning is,

The surpassing value of knowing Christ is worth the loss of
FirstI want you to see that the things of this world are
any and all of our worldly treasuresif we maybut gain Him.
really not that valuableat all, and secondly, that the true
riches are found onlyin Christ Jesus.
I
Worldly Possessions Are Only Temporaryand Are Not the True
Riches.
A. There AreM a n y Things Which Are Highly Prized by the World.
1.Paul before his conversion considered what he had
accomplished worthwhile gain.
a.
\u201dBut whatever things were gain to
me\u201d
(v.
7).
b.
The things that he considered gain were his
heritage, that of beinga Jew from the tribe of
Benjamin; his vocation, that of beinga Pharisee;
his personal piety, considering himself to be
blameless according to the Law; and his zeal, that
of beinga persecutor of the Christian church.
c.
These were his accomplishments. Surely, he thanked
2
God, even as the Publican who wentup to pray with
the tax-collector, for these accomplishments, but
they wereall donein the strength of his flesh.
2. There are many things in this world, as well, which men
highly prize.
a.
Some, like Paul, placea great deal of worth upon
their own personal works of righteousness.
( i )
There are sects of the Christian church which
seek to add works to salvation.
Christianity into purelya works system of
righteousness.
through their own works exclusively, or by
adding them to Christ\u2019s perfect work.
( i i )
There are non-Christian cults which turn
( i i i )
Their goal is to achieve salvation either
b. Some, being completely oblivious to God, seek after
other things that they consider valuable,so much
so that they devote their lives to the pursuit of
these things.
( i )
( i i )
B. But the Fact
All.
Most people in today\u2019s world have as their
goal to geta good joband to climb their way
up the corporate ladder.
Some doi tto obtain money, others prestige,
still others, powerandauthority.
Is That These Things Have No Lasting Valueat
1.Paul recognized that whatever he had obtained in his life
prior to Christ really had no value when compared to Him.
a.
b.
C .
d.

The things that Paul considered gain, he counted as loss, because of Christ. That is, he consideredi t to be something which wasaliability, rather than

an asset; something that wasa disadvantage, rather
thanan advantage; something that was forfeit,
rather than something won.

More than that, he consideredALLTHINGS to be loss because of the surpassing value of the knowledge of Christ. There was nothingin the world which could even compare.

More than that, Paul,in coming to Christ, actually
lost allthings. He lost his friends, his
position, his supposed self-righteousness, and
probably everything that he owned.
Andeven beyond all these things, his eyes were
opened to precisely how worthless these things
really were when he compared them to Christ. The
word he used to describe their worth means, \u201drefuse,
rubbish, leavings, dirt,or dung\u201d (BAG765).
2. The things of the world really aren\u2019t as important as
we think they are.
a.
They have no value because they are worthlessin
God\u2019s sight.
( i )
Ifthey were truly valuable then the Lord
would give them to His children,but
3
( i i )
b.
They
this
( i )
( i i )
( i i i )
( i V )
oftentimes He withholds them from His ownand
gives them to the wicked.
God does not accept you because you are rich
nor reject you because you arepoor.
After
alli tis the Lord who makes one man to differ
from another.
are worthless because they only have valuein
worldand cannot be taken into the next.
This life isbutfora brief moment in the
passage oft ime.
Man is likea shadow which disappears when the
sun isf u l l y risen; he is like the vapor from
a teapot which quickly vanishes away.
The things which men prizeso highly are only
of value during this very brief moment,and
after that they are gone.
You can\u2019t take them out of the world, andeven
if you could, they would not profit youin the
life to come.
c.Finally,they are worthless because they can
capture your affections andcause you to spendall
your time in the pursuit of them, while youfail to
layu p treasures which are lastingin the world to
come.
( i )
The real danger of these things is that often
times men will exchange their souls for them.
( i i )

Instead of seeking diligently the kingdom of God andthe only righteousness whereby they might be saved, they instead make houses for themselvesin this world, which houses will

fall because they arebuilt upona foundation
ofsand.

Even God\u2019s children can become caughtupin worldliness to the point that, thoughit may make them more comfortablein this age,it

will make them paupersin the age to come.
seeking to be rich toward God.
( i i i )
(iv)
Seeking the riches of the world, they are not
11.

But the Child of God Realizes that the True Riches Arein Knowing Christ ina Saving Relationship and that There Is Nothing on Earth Which Can Even Remotely Compare.

A. Paul Considered Everything that He Had Gained asLoss in
Order that He Might Gain Christ.
1.
To gain Christ is to be foundin Him, and to be found
in Him means to bea fellow-heir of all that is His.
a.
Paul was nota masochist; he was notin favor of
b. Rather the loss of all things was on account of
losing everything for nothing.
what he was to gain: Christ, and allthe riches
that arein Him.
2. To gain Christ is to become the possessor of His
righteousness, which alone delivers from judgment
and makes one acceptable to the Father.

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