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Philippians 3:10-11 Knowing Jesus Treasures From the Book of Philippians 

Intro: The Apostle Paul was on a journey one day on the Damascus Road and on that road he had an encounter. 
He came face to face with an individual. Paul said, "Who art thou Lord?" The Lord replied, "I am Jesus." 
The day the Apostle Paul met Jesus, his life was forever changed. 
Paul knew Jesus as his personal Savior, yet in verse 10 he begins by saying, "That I may know him." 

Please realize, there is a difference between "knowing about Jesus" and "knowing Jesus." 
You can have knowledge in your head but you may not have knowledge in your heart. 

Romans 10: 9, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that 
God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. " 

Wait a minute, Paul. I thought you already knew Jesus. I thought you met Jesus on the Damascus Road. 
When you first meet someone that's just the beginning. You don't know everything there is to know about them. 
You learn more about people as you go along. 

* You met that husband or wife, but you certainly didn't know everything there was to know about them. 
For instance, some of you didn't know that he bites his toenails in bed. 

Some of you that did not know that she chews her fingernails all the time or likes to shop like she does. 

* A mother heard her son screaming, she ran upstairs and found his little sister pulling his hair. 
Gently the mother released the sisters grip. 

She said to the son, "there, there, now she didn't mean it, she did not know it hurts to pull your hair." 

The mother walked away and the little girl began to scream. 

The mother ran back in and said "what's going on?" Her son said "She knows now!" 

When you are getting to know someone there is the beginning experience. 

But then as that relationship grows and develops, you learn more and more and more about that individual. 

That's really what Paul is talking about. Paul is saying, "I want to know more about what it means to know Him." 

Jn 17: 3 "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." 

Philippians 3: [10] 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. 

1. Knowing Jesus Brings Power 

Paul wrote "that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection. " 

We see God's power demonstrated in creation and in sustaining the universe. 

A. Powerful Account 

There were 4 powers at the cross of Jesus. 

There was religious power, the Pharisees and the Sadducees. 

There was civil power, the Roman government. 

There was satanic power, the devil. 

There was the greatest power which is Almighty Power, the Lord Jesus. 

We see God's power in the cross and in His resurrection. 

John 10:17 ...J lay down my life, that I might take it again.[18] No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of 
myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. 

Jesus said in Matthew 28:18 All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 

B. Personal Account 

* You can't come to know dead people. Because Jesus is very much alive therefore we can know more of Him. 
As we know Jesus and are saved, we know his resurrection power. 

We were dead in trespasses and sins, but He quickened us and gave us life, when He saved us, Ephesians 2:1. 

John 5:24 He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not 
come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 

Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, 
and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his 
power toward us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, 
when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places 

The same power that raised Jesus, works in us to give us victory. 

Paul wanted to know more of the power of Christ's resurrection. 

Paul wanted to be dead to the ways of the world and the lusts of the flesh. 

Paul wanted victory over sin, over trials and over temptations. 

Paul wanted absolute, complete submission and surrender to the will of God in his life. 

* The average person has about one tenth of a watt of power, in our nervous system,. 

That's not a whole lot of power. It will not even turn on a light bulb, but think of the power of Christ. 

Philippians 3: [10] 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. 

2. Knowing Jesus Brings Painful Participation 

Paul wrote "that I may know him and the fellowship of his sufferings." Think about how Jesus suffered. 

A. Partaker of Suffering 

Isaiah 53:3 says that Jesus was a man of sorrows. The Hebrew word literally means that He was a man of pains. 
Think about the pain that Jesus encountered. 

Jesus encountered social pain. His hometown talked about Him, made fun of Him and rejected Him. 
He encountered emotional pain. They called Him illegitimate. It is terribly painful the things that people say. 
Jesus went through physical pain. Think about what pain the scourge brought. Think about the pain of the cross. 
He knew physical pain like nobody ever has on this earth experienced. 

Jesus experienced spiritual pain. Jesus, on the cross, endured the pains of hell. 
Paul said, "/ want to know the fellowship of his sufferings." 

IPeter 4: 13, "But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings." 

Peter is saying that believers partake in the sufferings, the pains of Christ. 

Isaiah 53:5 says, "But he was wounded for our transgressions." That's His pain. 

"He was bruised for our iniquities." That's His pain. 

"The chastisement for our peace was upon him." That's His pain. 

"And with his stripes we are healed." That's His pain. 

We can't enter into those kinds of pains. He suffered in order that souls might be saved. 

But there is something about the Christian life that brings pain because of our relationship with Jesus. 

* You fall in love with someone and they become your mate. You love them dearly. 

From that point on whatever pain they endure you endure. If your wife gets sick and hurts, men, you hurt. 
If your loved one suffers, you suffer. When you love someone and know someone, you enter into their pains. 

2Timothy 3:12 "Yea and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. " 

B. Prize of Suffering 

We want to do anything we can to kill the pain. 

It is the painful experiences in life which draw us closer to Jesus. 

Our deepest moments of fellowship with Christ are those times of intense suffering. 

During those times we learn more of who Jesus is and what He can do in our life. 

We share our joys with many, but we share our sorrows with few. 

Paul said he wanted to know the "fellowship of his sufferings." "Koinonia" means partnership or fellowship. 

Paul knew he could not handle suffering alone, but he knew that Jesus would be his companion and help him. 

* The only survivor of a shipwreck washed up on an uninhabited island. 

He cried out to God day and night to save him, and everyday he scanned the horizon for help. 

But there was never a sign of help. After a few weeks he was able to build a rough hut. 

One day, after hunting for food, he arrived at the hut to find it burning in flames. 

The very worst had happened. He was further stung with grief. 

Early the next day, a ship drew near to the island and rescued him. 

The man asked "How did you find me." The crew said "we saw your smoke signal." 

Though it may not seem so now, your present suffering may be instrumental in your future joy. 

IPeter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after 
that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 

Suffering will come if you live for Christ. 

Paul felt that suffering for his faith was not a penalty but a privilege. 

Apostle Paul was willing to make his life count for Christ no matter what the cost. 

Philippians 3: [10] 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. 

3. Knowing Jesus Brings Point and Purpose 

Paul wrote "that I may know him being made conformable unto his death." 

A. Likeness Gained 

Conformable means similar, same likeness or the same form. It also means to be submissive. 
Jesus was born to die. Jesus' purpose was to die for the sins of mankind. Jesus submitted to death. 

Matthew 20:28 The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. 

For many people life has no purpose. Many people are just living their existence and it is totally meaningless. 
They have no sense of direction. They have no purpose. That's why they turn to all kinds of things. 
But when you come to know Christ as your Savior, He gives you a purpose in life. 

B. Life Given 

"Follow me" , Jesus says. "I want you to die out to self." You say, "Lord, that's not exactly what I had in mind." 
But that's what Paul says. "That I may know him, being made conformable to his death." 

In the New Testament there are two crosses. There is the cross of our Savior, but then there is our cross. 
Jesus said, "If any man come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily." 

Paul says in Galatians 2:20, "I am crucified with Christ." Paul says in I Corinthians 15: 31, "I die daily." 

* Crucifixion is not something you can do to yourself. 

If you have a hammer and nails, you can drive the nails into your feet. 

You can drive the nail into one hand, but the other hand you can't. Jesus has to help us. 

God's purpose for your life is that every day of your life, you die to your own desires. 

You can't have a resurrection until you have had a crucifixion. 

We can't be made alive to what God wants for us until we die out first to self. 

Philippians 3:11, says, "If by any means." He's not expressing doubt here. 

Paul didn't doubt salvation, but he did long for the completion of his salvation through the resurrection 

of his body 

It was something that he had not yet attained and longed for. 

God is saying, "Know Jesus as your Savior, then one of these days I'm going to raise you again from the 

One of these days God is going to deliver you. 

You are going to be caught up to meet the Lord in the air and you are going to be eternally with the Lord 


John 5:29 Jesus talked about the resurrection unto life and the resurrection of damnation. 

Concl: *Eliza Edmunds Hewitt who was an invalid, wrote: 
More about Jesus would I know, 
More of his grace to others show, 
More his saving fullness see, 
More of his love who died for me