Win Christ (Philippians #15)

Text: Philippians 3:8-21

Winning means there was a competition or a battle.  Paul says that he may win Christ. So Christ is the prize in verse 14.

Let’s first make note of all the battle terminology in the next verses in this chapter.  Win Christ in verse 8 and the prize in verse 14, enemies in verse 18, and subdue in verse 21.

The first meaning of the word prize is that which is taken from an enemy in war; any goods or property seized by force as spoil or plunder; or that which is taken in combat,

Battle for the soul (vss 8-9)

Paul’s religious zeal to establish his own righteousness was a battle

1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

There is nothing Paul could do to obtain righteousness, but he was going to have to stop trusting himself and his own ability, knowledge, zeal, ambitions.

1 Corinthians 9:24-10:–