Philippians 1:29 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him,
When Paul says I want know Christ, he makes a statement, which is profound and pregnant with the richness of the theological implications.
This ambition of knowing Christ embodies in itself the mysterious power and force for his dynamic ministry.
Philippians 1:20-21 20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
1. Why Paul want to know Christ more?
Remember Paul did not accept Jesus Christ in a Bible Study or in an a Crusade meeting.
He had known Christ who spoke to him on the road to Damascus.
He knew Christ better than many of us.
He had known Christ through the eyes of Peter and other apostles.
Paul already knew Christ who had emptied himself became no body.
a. The Christ who emptied oneself (2:6-7)
But knowing Christ intellectually is not enough
Knowing Christ in our conversion experience is not enough
Knowing Christ in our day to day life blessings and the favor of God is not enough.