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What did the Apostle Paul mean when he wrote this to the church at Philippi: "I want to know Christ, and THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION."?

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
Philippians 3:10
(NIV)

What kind of power is this to the Christian?  How does it manifest itself?


I see some cross-references listed on bible.org (classic.net.bible.org)

 Ro 6:3-5;  Eph 1:19-21;  Col 3:1

Philippians 3:10

ESV - 10 That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.

Clarify Share Report Asked February 17 2021 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that Paul was speaking of "knowing" Jesus not in an intellectual or "fact-based" sense, but of wanting to have the same desire that Jesus possessed to carry out God's will, whatever the personal cost to him might be (which, in the case of Jesus, went to the point of undergoing intense suffering and death). 

As Paul noted in the next verse (Philippians 3:11), even if his own case would also involve temporal death for his faith in Christ, he could then share in the same powerful, ultimate triumph over death, and the attainment of eternal life, that Jesus achieved through His resurrection.

February 18 2021 1 response Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Grant Abbott Child of Father, Follower of Son, Student of Spirit
When the bible uses the word "know" it is referring to an intimate personal relationship. Jesus said "Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent" (John 17:3). In order to know Christ we have to immerse ourselves in the teachings of the bible, why, because "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). Then "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). 

In order to follow Christ, we need to know his feelings, attitudes, motivations, and ambitions. "Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). "This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words (1 Corinthians 2:13).

The power of Christ's resurrection is the Holy Spirit. "And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[a] his Spirit who lives in you"(Romans 8:11). Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit, who provided Jesus with the wisdom and power to carry out his ministry; the wisdom to preach the kingdom of God and amaze everyone because he taught with authority; the power to perform miracles, signs and wonders that demonstrated his authority over nature, human sickness and disease, and all forces of evil.

Jesus suffered because he came to fulfil the mission that his Father had prepared for him; to bring the kingdom of God to the earth and he faced opposition from all powers and authorities seeking to stop his work. Jesus suffered to fulfil God's plan of salvation, by taking the penalty for our sin (suffering God's wrath) so that everyone who believes in him would be saved.

When we choose to follow Jesus every day, we will know what God wants us to accomplish, it will be clear to us. We will Love God and Love People as the Holy Spirit guides and directs us with his wisdom. When supernatural power is required to accomplish the mission we have been given, the Holy Spirit will perform miracles, signs and wonders as part of the good works that Jesus has given us to do to expand his kingdom on the earth. But we will suffer too, because we will face opposition from everyone who is opposed to God's will for their lives. But in spite of the suffering we press on to achieve our goal.

That is to know Christ, the power of his resurrection, and participation in his sufferings.

February 26 2021 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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