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02/23/2015

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Some Excellent Knowledge


"I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledgeof Christ Jesus my Lord...." (Phil.3:8).

We spend our entire lives gathering knowledge. Some of that knowledge may allow us to be a whiz when we watch Jeopardy, and there is nothing wrong with a curious and inquiring mind. Do you think the apostle Paul had this kind of knowledge in mind when he wrote today's verse? I am sure that Paul was a very smart fellow, but the knowledge that he is referencing here is about Jesus. He wants to know Jesus as well as he possibly can, and it appears that he wants us to follow suit... Lets take a look at the excellence of the knowledge of Jesus Christ to see just what makes it so desirable of a commodity for Paul and us to gain... I would think first of all, that this knowledge has to be personal to each one of us. We might have initially learned about Jesus from someone else, but we must come to truly know Him for ourselves. Notice that Paul uses the "first person pronoun" in today's verse, as he does in verse ten (10). "I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection...." Along with being personal, the knowledge of Jesus must be loving, tender and affectionate. In 1958, Phil Spector wrote a song and recorded it with his group, The Teddy Bears, entitled "To Know Him Is To Love Him" The song is about how a girl feels for a boy, but its words are strangely applicable... "To know, know, know him is to love, love, love him Just to see him smile, makes my life worthwhile. To know, know, know him is to love, love ,love him, And I do..." Jesus put it in these words: "Love the Lord you God with all you heart with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment" (Matt.22:37). Our knowledge of Jesus Christ must be both personal and loving... More about the knowledge tomorrow....

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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