September 7, 2015
Paul writes in verses 10-11 that he want to know the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his suffering, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining the resurrection from the dead.
I’m reminded of yesterday’s sermon, as well as 1 Corinthians 1:18 which was shared with me yesterday. The message yesterday, in short, was that suffering from believing in Christ, the fellowship of sharing in his suffering, is not only natural, but also good in the eyes of the LORD and good for strengthening someone to be used by God. And this suffering is when you have to lose to others especially brothers and sisters in Christ for Jesus. It’s difficult, but it’s natural, good, and good for me. I recently went through something like this, and I think I just barely passed the test, and now I feel I have grown a little in Christ through that test. It reminds me of 1 Corinthians 10:13.
The verse 11 is the part about resurrection. Paul’s does all of this to “somehow" attain resurrection from the dead. And in the following passages, he says that he has not obtained it, and he continues to move forward to obtain it, not by any logical and sensible conclusion, but because Jesus took hold of him, and he cannot help himself but to hold on to Jesus as well. And like what 1 Corinthians 1:18 says, this is stupidity, and absurdity to those who are perishing, but it is the power of God to those who are being saved.
Application: rejoice in the LORD while taking pictures at the freshmen welcoming event.