Philippians 3:14; I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
What is the “high calling” anyway?
To figure out that we need to go back in the verse and see what he has put in the context.
The first verse of Philippians 3 says, “Finally my brethren rejoice in the Lord…” A person cannot rejoice until he first has experienced joy at least once. It is the repeated performance of Joy. And we “rejoice in the Lord,” not people, organizations, good grades, or anything else because we will always be let down otherwise.
Philippians 3:1-2; Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed [is] not grievous (irksome), but for you [it is] safe (gives certainty, reinforces). 2. Beware of dogs (back-biters) beware of evil workers, beware of concision.
“Concision” in this particular instance is the Greek word used for physical mutilation of the body. Christ was the end of the law, but legalistic believers continued to teach that one who believed in Christ had to be circumcised.
Verse 3: For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
We who worship God in spirit are the circumcision. The literal translation according to the critical Greek texts and Aramaic Peshitta text is “We are the circumcision who worship by the spirit of God,” or “…who worship God via the spirit.” To worship God in the spirit” does not mean to worship by contributing to the collection plate or singing when hymns pop on the screen. There is only one way we can worship God “in spirit” and that is by speaking in tongues. To worship in the spirit, a person must have spirit; all other ritual is part of the senses realm. We cannot worship God by the senses for He “dwelleth not in temples made with hands.” as John 4:24 pointedly declares, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” To worship Him in spirit can only be by speaking in tongues. If the Word means what it says and says what is means, then these truths are fabulous! The Word always causes us to joy and rejoice.
The last part of Philippians 3:3; says, “And rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” “The flesh” refers to body and soul. Those of us who are born again by the Spirit of God have a third part–spirit. the spirit should be the foremost interest in our total being.
We are the circumcision, the chosen, who worship by way of the spirit. We can rejoice in Christ Jesus because we at one time experienced joy in Christ Jesus. Rejoicing in Christ Jesus is only possible by renewing the mind and focusing on spiritual matters — trusting in things spiritual rather than trusting or having confidence in the flesh. We do not go by what the senses promote; we abide in the Word and the revelation of the spirit.
From verse 4-12 Paul compares his life before being born again with the life he has after being born again. In verse 8 he says, “Yea doubtless, and I count all things [but] loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them [but] dung, that I may win Christ.
Before Christ Paul didn’t have spirit, only body and soul. He was zealous for his religious beliefs to the point of killing for them in error against the one true God. But all that was corrected on the road to Damascus one blessed day when he got born again.
Carrying on in Philippians verse 10-11; That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11. If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
“Resurrection of the dead” is relating to the same one as listed in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Paul is reaching out to attain that finish line.
Phil. 3:12; Not as though I had already attained, (Paul had not arrived at that resurrection yet) either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend (attain) that for which also I am (was) apprehended (attained)
of (by) Christ Jesus.
When the “Lord himself shall descend”, Paul with the rest of the dead in Christ will be raised and “attain” the resurrection that Jesus Christ attained the day God raised him from the dead.
Philippians 3:13; Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended (attained): but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.
Paul is forgetting his past life and Hebrew ancestry before Christ and reaching out for the future, for the hope of Christ’s return.
Philippians 4:13; I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Paul put his past misdeeds behind him, is focused on the spiritual reality, and is reaching forth to obtain the hope of Christ’s return. Wow! Yes this is a long post but it was worth it to see all that wasn’t it! Man, oh man… what a cool chapter. Now for the final verse for today;
Philippians 4:14; Let us therefore, as many as be perfect (initiated ones), be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
Boil it all down
The high calling is the renewed mind in manifestation in our lives everyday.
God bless you today!
- Is This Paul’s Last Request? (supportinggodlywomen.wordpress.com)