Interview of the Apostle Paul

From Philippians 3…

1. Paul, before we begin, are there any initial words you would like to say to our audience?

Paul – Yes, rejoice in the Lord. Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.

2. That brings up my first question. Paul, you’ve done a lot in your lifetime. Are there things you could look to in your life for reasons to boast in the flesh?

Paul – Absolutely. In fact, if anyone else thinks he has reason to boast in the flesh, I have more.

3. Can you elaborate a little?

Paul – Well I was circumcised on the eighth day, I was of the people of Israel, I was of the tribe of Benjamin, I was a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, I was a Pharisee; as to zeal, I was a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, I was blameless.

4. So, do you count all of that to be a gain in your life?

Paul – Not at all; I actually count it a loss. In fact, I consider it all a loss in comparison to knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord.

5. Have you lost much for the sake of Christ?

Paul – Yes, I have lost absolutely everything.

6. Is that something you regret?

Paul – Absolutely not! The things I have lost are a pile of manure. I lost all that garbage and replaced it with Christ! What a profitable transaction I was able to make. I am filthy rich in Christ because of that.

7. What is your goal in life?

Paul – To be found in Christ, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know Him and the power of his resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

8. Haven’t you already obtained that goal?

Paul – No; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own.

9. You don’t consider to have already made Christ your own?

Paul – I do not. But one thing I do: I forget those things which lie behind and I strain forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

10. What advice would you give other Christians?

Paul – I would say, let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. I’d also say join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.

11. Why is that so important for true Christians to do?

Paul – Because many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with their minds set on earthly things.

11. What’s different with true Christians?

Paul – The difference is that our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.

Thank you Paul for your time, your genuine care, and your life so we may follow your example.

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