philippians 3:10 sermon notes
And so with great mental suffering. No; in our Christian life, Christ is first and midst and last: and no mere moral strength or determination can be reckoned on as accessory to Him in his great work. (3) With meek benevolence — are we revengeful? (4) The tempted likewise. The same pangs that shot through my Saviour's heart are become mine, and I am a partaker with Him. Then alone does sin appear in its proper hatefulness when I see that this was what helped to nail Him there; when I enter into my Redeemer's woe and understand what it was that caused it. And we, too, if we would have real fellowship with Jesus, must see to it that our fellowship is intelligent fellowship. Not by entailing suffering on Himself, or courting it for its own sake. Some of the broken hearted followers of Christ gathered round His cross, and certainly suffered while He suffered. What becomes of us when we drag ourselves into this comparison. And remember He saw iniquity as none else could see it; and yet He loved the men whose sin He loathed, and because He loved them He bore the awful burden of their sin. This was a strange desire, one which few of us would entertain. And so it will be with us. "Made conformable" means being cast in the same form, being brought into such a community and likeness that one sketch, outline, shape, will represent both.I. We, too, may suffer beside Christ without suffering with Him.2. (6)The forsaken. (e) And in opposition to the infidel who derides the scheme, the Socinian who extracts from it all its value, the Pharisee who seeks to achieve a salvation for himself, he exclaims, "God forbid" (Galatians 6:16; 1 Corinthians 2:2).2. Guthrie, D. D.)The fellowship of Christ's sufferingsAnna Shipton.A dear suffering Christian on a bed of sickness, which has now proved the portal of heaven, shrank for a while from the prospect of prolonged anguish which opened before her. God has made nothing for pain. What we want is to suffer in the right way, and that is in fellowship with Christ. By a practical acquaintance with what He does. Now the man who has tried many other ways and finds no access, at length comes by Christ and finds communion with God. Then he goes to Christ and lays it on the great burden-bearer and is helped (Psalm 28:7; Isaiah 43:2; 2 Corinthians 8:9-10).5. The Captain of our salvation was made perfect through them; so must we be. Lyth, D. D.)These sufferings may be considered in two ways.I. Alas, I said to myself, shall such a short-lived creature as man complain, when one of his race falls either by the hand of violence, or by the common cause of nature, while in this narrow compass so many great and glorious cities, formed for a much longer duration, thus lie extended in ruins?" Paul laboured and suffered much, and was pursued by great infirmity and frequent depression; but he saw above him the figure of the once suffering but now risen Christ — his brother throned and crowned. Thanks to the Press, to the railway, to the telegraph, we know a great deal more of what is going on all over the world than did any previous generation of men; and one consequence is this — that human life presents itself to many minds as a much more tangled and inexplicable thing than it ever did before. crucified with Christ, crucifies "the flesh, with the affections and lusts." God has made nothing for pain. IN THE FIRM PERSUASION IT SHOULD CREATE THAT THE CHRISTIAN CREED IS TRUE AS A WHOLE AND IN ITS SEVERAL PARTS.1. They keep their eyes fixed on two objects out upon the wet sands. See, then, His chief disciple, after years of contemplation, imitation, and adoration, confessing that the great object of God, manifest in the flesh, seems greater than ever, so that at the last he offers the prayer suitable to a novice. Suffering —1. Sometimes he speaks of our Lord as though He were a sphere of being within which the Christian lives: (2 Corinthians 5:17); sometimes as the inhabitant of the Christian soul (Colossians 1:27). Spurgeon. The plant that struggles toward the light testifies that light is its proper element; the captive eagle that spreads its wings in vain testifies that its proper home is in the broad fields of air. W. By comprehending their character, objects, and results. So with him who shares that risen life. The first lesson of life is one of vicarious suffering. The nearer we approach in like ness to Him, the more will His enemies treat us as they treated Him. If we would come nearer Christ we must have His sufferings. Every man feels this in himself; one part of his being paying another's penalty. Margaret, the younger martyr, stands bound, a fair sacrifice, near by the shore. If your great aim is to be wealthy you can have no fellowship with the sufferings of Christ in His poverty.3. Negatively. As a suitable pattern for imitation, which is the meaning here.I. But give a spiritual eye that loves the beauty of holiness; a spiritual ear that loves the harmony of righteousness, and place them in the midst of disorder and evil, and you have a nature that, just because it is perfect, must be sorrowful.3. I believe there is not one of us that follows our Lord fully, but we shall be more or less misunderstood, misinterpreted, but let us endeavour to enter into sympathy with the heart and mind of Jesus; and then, if a rough word is spoken, or a brother does not seem to understand us, Christ's prayer will rise to our lips. Guthrie, D. D.Some two hundred years ago, there was a dark period of suffering in Scotland, when deeds of bloody cruelty were committed on God's people, not out done by Indian butcheries. There was no cross in the garden; nor does the prospect of suffering explain the agony there; nor the endurance His cry. II. Well, on the big billows come, hissing to their naked feet; on, and further on they come, death riding on the top of the waves, and eyed by these tender women with unflinching courage. It tends to strengthen faith.3. We shall DEDUCE FROM THE SUBJECT THOSE ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE SCHEME OF PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY IT IS FITTED TO UNFOLD. This love, of course, passeth knowledge, and in a sense cannot be imitated; but still in the experience of its benefits we may be conformed to it and cherish a corresponding feeling towards God and man, by giving to our Creator and Redeemer the highest place in our affections and service, and by devoting ourselves to the welfare of mankind. By suffering as far as possible in His Spirit. In the temper and spirit of His death. ITS REWARD.1. (7)The agonized; and(8)The dying.II. It is a token of God's mercy as well as our infirmity that we are benumbed by pain. You are not, however, informed, but instead of it you are led away to a noble mansion, where your wounds are healed with salve of rarest power. And as it was with them historically, so it seems to be doctrinally here. It is only thus that we rise to true fellowship with the sufferings of Christ. Ah no: there they were beneath His cross, scoffing at Him and aggravating His death pangs. (4) "My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" MAN'S NATURAL YEARNINGS AFTER IMMORTALITY ARE MET AND SATISFIED.III. Guthrie, D. D.)The fellowship of Christ's sufferingsAnna Shipton.A dear suffering Christian on a bed of sickness, which has now proved the portal of heaven, shrank for a while from the prospect of prolonged anguish which opened before her. St. Paul's life was Christ. All else is earthly and therefore transient; this affects the dearest and eternal interests of men.2. He carries its scars yet, and will carry them to his grave. Oh to be partakers with Christ in the glory of that last cry, which is the triumphant issue of suffering. And remember He saw iniquity as none else could see it; and yet He loved the men whose sin He loathed, and because He loved them He bore the awful burden of their sin. (1) These principles are —(a) That Jehovah is a just and holy Being, and that evil cannot dwell with Him. Raffles, D. D.I. All self-righteousness is nailed to the cross, His was the only meritorious death. Yes, to those who have mistaken what religion is, to the selfish, the cowardly, and the slothful, whose religion is only a device for getting to heaven as comfortably as they can.II. Conclusion: Suffering by itself will not produce these benefits; only when accompanied by the operation of the Holy Ghost. Whatever projects His followers may have formed for Him were defeated by it. As we go to the ship to see friends depart, and leave them with cheers and benedictions, and wafted kisses; so, when a young spirit is about to be launched into this earthly life, one would think that troops of angels would attend it, and with hope and gladness see it on its way. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).II. When I first see Christ linked to me by the bonds of God's everlasting covenant, then faith begins its work within me; then, the first utter dislike to sin, as sin, is bred in my heart.3. "God hath put Him to grief," and those who regard His sorrows as those of a martyr can have no fellowship with Him who was "wounded for our transgressions. WHEREFORE IS THIS FELLOWSHIP DESIRABLE?1. (7)The agonized; and(8)The dying.II. But that conflict with sin, with its assaults, wiles, contradictions, and perversenesses, temptations which He waged, every one of His servants must have his share, and that conflict means suffering, as every man who has had to do battle with a besetting sin will bear witness. In pro portion to the tide of new resurrection, life is strong in us. M. H. H. Aitken, M. So that the resurrection was essential to our being raised morally "from the death of sin to the life of righteousness."III. (4) In the matter and form and nature of His suffering He surpassed us. Just so thy fondly cherished hopes of earthly distinction must be laid down at the foot of His cross; thou must be content, so far as they are concerned, to be stripped and nailed to the cross of shame, and made a spectacle to men.3. Imputed guilt crushed Him; shall actual guilt bring to us. The fellowship OF HIS SUFFERINGS.1. Yet he did not desire suffering for its own sake, but for its benefit. )The power of Christ's resurrectionCanon Liddon.In every occurrence there are to be considered the fact — that which actually occurs — and the consequences, actual or possible — what St. Paul calls "its power." W. I become knit to Him and weaned from it — crucified with Him, so that though the motions towards it are yet felt in my body, yet I have no disposition in its favour.III. Coley. Beecher. And our Easter resurrection from sin will be no less real if it is His power by which we are rising (Revelation 3:1).2. )The martyr spiritA Chinese convert, when trying to persuade his countrymen to give up their idols and believe in Christ, was ridiculed and scorned, and at last pelted with mud and stones till his face was red with the blood that flowed from the cuts in his temples. (d) He contemplates with delight at the foot of the Cross the harmony of the Divine attributes. When first the Holy Spirit convinces of the hatefulness of sin.2. The inseparable connection between faith and holiness. "God hath put Him to grief," and those who regard His sorrows as those of a martyr can have no fellowship with Him who was "wounded for our transgressions. (3) In this our Lord's life followed a universal law. Sin and the devil will not let us alone in its various stages. Such must be the law of our life. For this faith is needful, and devotion, submission, the support of a heavenly arm, and the expectation of a heavenly home. Because of our unbelief. It led the Son into the darkness; yet it was not the less precious to the heart of the Son for that. And from this point onward, in every relation of life, one man suffers for another's benefit. (Bishop Thorold. The resurrection wedded the two worlds. Then alone does sin appear in its proper hatefulness when I see that this was what helped to nail Him there; when I enter into my Redeemer's woe and understand what it was that caused it. how sweet a cross it is to see a cross betwixt Christ and us; to hear our Redeemer say, at every sigh, and every blow, and every loss of a believer, "Half mine!"(S. Terror on account of sin may throw over his soul its dark shadow, but this is not fellowship with Christ's sufferings.1. Is it not too often so even with us? It assists our comprehension of Christ's love.3. In this respect the apostles were conformed to their Master. It is a token of God's mercy as well as our infirmity that we are benumbed by pain. Gives us a more intimate knowledge of things. And we, too, if we would have real fellowship with Jesus, must see to it that our fellowship is intelligent fellowship. When then St. Paul utters his prayer he implies that already he has knowledge of the fact. (1) Those who think of them as chiefly corporeal, or proceeding from the treatment of men, or from natural causes, cannot share this fellowship. asks the sympathizing Roman, doing all that kindness and ingenuity could suggest to comfort his afflicted friend. Every heart knows its own bitterness. As a suitable pattern for imitation, which is the meaning here.I. (1) Not in His atoning sufferings. The nearer we approach in like ness to Him, the more will His enemies treat us as they treated Him. We have an illustration of —1. In the motives which prompted to it. Much was borne that we might not have to bear; but as I gaze at yonder cross I interpret the nature of our fellowship in the light of the next clause. IMPROVEMENT.1. The Christian should never end with Calvary, nor with the mortification of the body, nor with deadness to sin; but ever carry his thoughts onward to that blessed consummation, to which these are the entrance and necessary conditions. Their hearts seem moved, but when persecution arises they walk no more with Him.2. Coley. The two are in different portions of His being. Stowell, M. I. "All power is given unto Me."2. As we cannot be partakers in Christ's atoning, He cannot partake of our sinful sufferings. no similar suffering? They were distinct in kind from ours. But when in the depth of the valley of humiliation Christ was ever awake to each particular of His great load of woe, and when they offered Him the stupefying potion He put it from Him. When I feel and know that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth me from sin I have the highest kind of this fellowship. Often in the course of mighty calamities the chief sufferer endures less than those who pity him. The influence which that great event has upon the other parts of His mediatorial character and offices, connected with the safety and happiness of His people. It assists our comprehension of Christ's love.3. The child lives upon its parent's life. 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