(1) Christ is willing to receive you. Daille.According to the design of God the advantages and sacraments of the law are of no avail since the manifestation of His Son, and that those who now beguile themselves with them lose their time and their trouble, as completely as though, after the rising of the sun, they still used the light of a lamp; or as if, in the strength of manhood, a person were retained in all the exercises and sports of childhood.(J. Peace? Boston, D. D.)That I may win ChristT. (1)In His person. Useful. In Him are both suitability and fulness. That which will turn everything to our advantage — "All things work together for good." Winslow, D. D.)The excellency of Christian knowledgeJ. "In Me ye shall have peace."6. So Jesus Christ cannot be taken away from any part of the system of Divine truth, without doing irreparable injury to the beauty and perfection of the whole Christian system — "for to Him gave all the prophets witness." Who can make a blind man understand colours, or a deaf man sounds. While something more than head knowledge is required, yet that is essential. Do you take Him for and instead of all? Its majesty and grandeur. (3) Worldly pleasure. The moral influence it exerts. In what respect?(1)Singly. T. (1) Men on earth; the greatest one His vassals, the best only good through Him. Redford.It is said of Phidias, the celebrated sculptor, that in preparing the design, and in executing the elaborate carving of the shield of Minerva, over the portico of the Acropolis of Athens, he so curiously wrought and intertwined his own name with the work, that it could not be obliterated or taken out anywhere without injuring the whole. Therefore awake from sleep; walk closely with God; examine yourselves; receive the Spirit so freely given of God to bear witness with yours.3. But there is no doubt as to Christ's personality, the lustre of His Deity, the efficacy of His atonement, etc. This is the theme in which he prays that believers may be well instructed (Ephesians 1:16-19; Ephesians 3:14-19.)I. The former was the ease in the days of our Saviour's flesh, and yet to many it was of no avail. "He giveth power to the weak."3. There is an entirely new estimate of gain and loss. By faith man becomes one in Christ, and when God looks upon him, He looks upon him as being "a man in Christ. (3) Worldly reputation depend, upon the uncertain thoughts of others and may be easily stained; but the Christian shall shine with eternal honour. Here we see the prophecy fulfilled, "Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree," etc.2. The image of God consists in "knowledge" as well as righteousness, etc. If a Christian met with it, he would possess it with safeguards, receive it with thankfulness, use it with diligence, as a good steward. This is the theme to which the apostle deliberately bent his unequalled powers, and the more we know of it the less shall we wonder that he determined to know nothing else. Happiness and usefulness depend upon it. Christ is gained when we get an interest in Him and in His benefits (1 Corinthians 1:9; Hebrews 3:14). Its adaptation to the highest interests of our nature, and its supply for all our yearnings after happiness, knowledge, and a nobler state of being.4. Clarkson, B. D.When we are in the dark we are glad of candlelight, and glow worms will make a fair show in our eyes; but when the sun is risen and shines in his full strength, then candlelight seems needless or offensive, and the worms that glittered in the dark, made no better show than other vermin. This coming from Paul awakens —1. And yet, on such subjects, certainty is of the utmost importance. (b)They are enemies to our faith. (4)Saints on earth. Manton, D. D.)Winning ChristT. It is most comfortable, for here is comfort at all times and in all cases (Philippians 1:21).2. Is most pleasant. Knowledge is excellent in proportion to —1. Cost what it will they will not think they are even hands but gainers.3. Winslow, D. D.)The excellency of Christian knowledgeJ. It is applicable, not only for our direction in every condition of life, but also for our comfort and support in the hour of trial: imparting those blessed consolations which the world can neither give nor take away; and even, in the hour of death, when all other knowledge fails, and leaves the soul to sink alone and unbefriended into eternity, this knowledge gives us that hope which is an anchor, sure and stedfast, entering into that which is within the veil.(J. (Professor Eadie. THE POSSIBILITY OF WINNING THIS PRIZE. (d)Seek it not for curiosity, but that you may enjoy Christ more. It is remarkable how Paul makes every other topic tributary to this. But Christ is the revealer of the Father's mind and heart.3. (d)Seek it not for curiosity, but that you may enjoy Christ more. (1)Perfectly, without a shadow of imperfection. He is the fountain of life.1. The greatness and dignity of its subject. What would you do without Christ if you were to meet with —1. Grotius said, "I have destroyed life, laboriously doing nothing. Lyth, D. D.)I. Do we possess it? It is indispensable for the formation of character and the regulation of conduct. )Loss for gainD. What God teaches must be absolute truth. Christ is gained when we get an interest in Him and in His benefits (1 Corinthians 1:9; Hebrews 3:14). (8) Life and self are loss without Christ.III. L. Nye.One night an inquirer, long under deep conviction, but still unsaved, dreamt that he was walking along the edge of a terrible precipice, and fell over it into a terrible abyss. When the apostle wrote these words he had been serving Christ for thirty years, and had derived no earthly advantage, but had suffered every earthly loss for Him. In the text we have the key and master spring of all the apostle's actions and motives.I. Are wisdom and knowledge valuable? IT IS THE CHRISTIAN'S GRAND OBJECT, AND SHOULD BE THE DESIGN OF EVERY ONE TO WIN OR GAIN CHRIST.1. In Him are both suitability and fulness. What an instance of the influence of Divine grace I He had been Christ's bitterest foe. (3) On the practice. They have made a good choice that have received Christ.3. His are unsearchable riches.4. Life? angle? Great thoughts in religion are necessary for man; and true religion must in its own nature have them. To count Him gain in opposition to what Paul once counted gain. It often happens with new converts that their impressions and resolutions are like the early blossoms of spring, which perish in the bitter winds. Now I see that for any such purpose they are worthless. The spiritual astronomy, which points to Christ as the Morning Star, gives a directory also to guide our course amidst the storms and tempests of that voyage in which we are all embarked. (1)It is salvation for sinners. (b)Lay a good groundwork in the principles of the knowledge of Christ, otherwise you will but build in the air (Hebrews 6:1). Monarchs lose their kingdoms because they are outside them. This coming from Paul awakens —1. L. Nye.One night an inquirer, long under deep conviction, but still unsaved, dreamt that he was walking along the edge of a terrible precipice, and fell over it into a terrible abyss. Some reasons. Death. The heathen world is an evidence of this. At length he felt the branch slipping, and, in the utter desperateness of his despair, he let go the branch — when, lo! As he was failing he grasped a little branch of some bush that was growing halfway down. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN THIS KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST. F. B. Tinling, B. A.Men who have made the greatest sacrifices for the cause of Christ have hardly been conscious of them. All these excellencies are in Him in a more excellent manner. The whole substance of gospel truth, because every truth in Scripture relates to Him, and derives its value and use from this connection. The wisest know but little of what is to be known (Hosea 6:3; 2 Peter 3:18).(G. O. WHAT IT IS TO WIN CHRIST.1. (2)This interest is the one thing necessary.All things must go for necessaries (Matthew 6:25). In the text we have the key and master spring of all the apostle's actions and motives.I. Welcome others to it.(W. It is not enough to count Christ as gain. Remember the rich fool! Winning Christ —1. The Christian in this has "the consolation of Israel," and has more left in Christ than he has lost; but the worldling loses all without compensation.3. )The superiority of the knowledge of ChristD. (6) Domestic and social relations are great mercies, but we must part from them. The abundance of the ungodly is their curse. That which will turn everything to our advantage — "All things work together for good." That Christianity is a system of Divine knowledge from God is proved —1. Per instruction. If a Christian met with it, he would possess it with safeguards, receive it with thankfulness, use it with diligence, as a good steward. They have a poor portion who are without Christ.2. Remember the rich fool! (2) Men are gainers, lose what they will for Christ.2. "We are no scholars" is often only an excuse for negligence and indifference. (1)In His person. It is remarkable how Paul makes every other topic tributary to this. (1) Christ is willing to receive you. Lutheran Church (WELS) Cast Off Your Credentials Philippians 3:8-14. What are the stars without the sun?2. It was but a dream of the night. Solomon counted all that was in the world as two great cyphers — "vanity and vexation." Two points of saving knowledge exemplify this. It brings the soul to rest in Christ and His righteousness alone for pardon and acceptance, and to cast away all those rotten proofs of good nature, harmlessness, accomplishments, etc.6. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN THIS KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST. S. Candlish, D. D.is perfect security and consummate blessedness. (2) Those who part with Christ for temporal profit (Hebrews 12:16).2. Looking up he saw, in his dream, Christ standing on the edge, and saying, "Let go the twig and I will save you." You will rarely find two scientists perfectly to coincide. L. THINGS HE HAD GAINED BY THE EXCHANGE. But unblessed of God it is delusive and borders close on misery. That knowledge of Christ which is not an interest in Him is mere opinion which is dubious and uncertain. It was but a dream of the night. Unspeakable as is God's precious gift to us, without the gift of the Spirit it had been of no avail. Happiness and usefulness depend upon it. A heirship.(T. "(a) The Christian hath more in possession than the greatest on earth. Its certainty. But in Christ all is precious; grace, pardon, peace. I see an instant end of the weary attempt to amend the old position, and a way wonderfully open for the immediate occupying of a new one.2. With affection, counting all things loss and dung. (2)In His love. It lays down for our guidance a clear, simple, and comprehensive rule for the whole conduct of life, marking out the end at which we should steadfastly aim, and the means by which we should seek to attain it: and it affords us the blessed assurance that Christ Himself will be our leader, and His Spirit our guide. So when men are in the state of nature and darkness, then their Church privileges and carnal prerogatives, then their outward performances and self-righteousness, make a fine show in their eyes. The transcendent excellency of Christ is proved. What are the stars without the sun?2. Christ, then, is the one grand subject of the gospel, and everything, whether in nature, providence, or Scripture, is to be viewed in its relation to Him.II. 9-10).II. The former was the ease in the days of our Saviour's flesh, and yet to many it was of no avail. (c) The Christian makes a sanctified use of what he possesses, and so "all things work together for good." THAT IT HAS A TRANSFORMING AND ASSIMILATING EFFECT ON ALL WHO BELIEVINGLY CONTEMPLATE IT. Buchanan, B. D.)The necessity of letting go every false confidenceJ. sure. (1)Perfectly, without a shadow of imperfection. (2) Consider what you are without Him. (1) Christ is willing to receive you. But for all this loss he was amply compensated by the gaining of Christ. Manton, D. D.1. (3) Lord, i.e., the consequents of those offices — dominion in Christ, subjection in us (Romans 14:9). ITS EXCELLENCY.1. 9).Winning ChristProfessor Eadie.To the apostle Christ was —I. Effectual. It is —1. The language suggests a goal and a starting post; that "I may win Christ," the goal or end I have been seeking to reach; that "I may be found in Him," ready not only for resistance to old adversaries, but for a new start and onward movement towards Divine perfection. Now I see that for any such purpose they are worthless. Only the Christian can meet that with equanimity, for Christ has robbed it of its terrors.4. The sepulchre.V. His are unsearchable riches.4. There he hung and cried for help. What is gain to me is what puts me on a right footing with God. Life? This coming from Paul awakens —1. In the text we have the key and master spring of all the apostle's actions and motives.I. Is this so? 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