And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did]; so that I may attain to the resurrection [that will raise me] from the dead. [Philippians 3:10-11 AMP]
Oswald Chambers said "Love is not measured by what it gets, but by what it costs" [Oswald Chambers 'The Psychology of Redemption']
These verses from Philippians encapsulate and reveal perhaps the greatest foundation stone of the Christian faith. That Jesus died on the cross, defeated death and lived again, so that we too may be reassured not only of eternal life, but of new life in this life.
And yet it can so easily get us tied in knots if we consider it with the natural mind. The rational mind always asks the question 'how', which is why we need 'the mind of Christ' ... that mind which is in you ...
Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, [1 Corinthians 6:19 AMPC]
For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. [1 Corinthians 2:16 NKJV]
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. [Philippians 4:7 NKJV]
That gift from God was and is the greatest gift we can ever receive - a gift of love from our Heavenly Father to His children - but at what a cost ...
I stand before the presence
of The Lord God of Hosts
A child of my Father
and an heir of His grace
But Jesus paid the price for me
The veil was torn in two
And the Holy of Holies
shall become my dwelling place
'Jesus Paid It All' - Kim Walker-Smith
GEORGE and GILL STEWART