Paul has been writing to the Christians in Philippi about how they must live humble, self-sacrificing lives because they belong to the Lord. In chapter 2 Paul described the humble, self-sacrifice of Jesus. He continued to show that Christians exemplify this behavior, as seen in the humble, self-sacrifice of Timothy and Epaphroditus. In chapter 3 Paul uses himself as the example, who has many reasons for confidence in the flesh. But he counts all of those gains as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ. He counts everything as loss for the sake of Christ, to know him and gain him. This has been the powerful, singular message of Paul in these last two chapters. Now listen to what Paul says in Philippians 3:17.
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