Philippians 3:7-11: But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
The average person sees physical life as gain, yet Paul states that “all is loss” in order to have knowledge. Have you personally ever loved to the degree of doing anything for another person? More so, have you ever loved God so much that you would commit suicide just to know Him? To reiterate, we are talking about suicide of the sinful fleshly desires, not literal suicide of the physical body. What Christ did physically, we now are required to do in the spiritual sense.
People who think they are to physically harm their physical body are misguided and completely misinterpret the instruction of the Word of God. You cannot beat or burn out impurity or the sin nature because it is spiritual. As a matter of fact, we are to take great care of this earthen vessel because it is the instrument for through which Jesus is able to exert His physical manifestation in the earth.
Spiritually speaking, perpetually consigning the nature of the fleshly man to death is the only way to attain resurrection from the dead. After all, one must first be dead to receive new life. You must be rid of the old before taking on the new. The Law had to come to reveal the wickedness inside every person.
The law reveals the way to death to the nature of sinful flesh which leads to life eternal. Death does not come easily to anyone and does not seem to be a small price. However, everything measured against the knowledge of God is but rubbish. The giving up of your own selfish man is a nominal sacrifice compared to all The King of kings offers. Falling in love with Jesus allows us to have greater ease in giving all of ourselves to the One who gave all. In this condition of love, seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness above any earthly desires becomes a pleasure instead of a grueling task.
We’ll pick up here next week as we continue with Love vs. In Love. If you are interested in reading more, check out my website to order my books, or go to my Facebook ministry page where I post regularly. Blessings!
Alexys V. Wolf