YouVersion Reformation Reading Plan, day 264
that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
That is pretty strong language from a man who once refused (violently) to even believe Christ's resurrection happened. Paul writes that he works to make Christ his own, because Christ made Paul His own (verse 12). The change in Paul's heart came from Jesus and not from Paul. Paul achieves resurrection from the dead through Jesus, not his own works, yet he still strives so hard. This is the model we have in Paul.
Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
Ouch. How often could I reflect and say, “that was me today”? Too often.
Agree in the LORD (verse 2). Help others to agree in the LORD (verse 3). These things require humility; humility which is not humanity's strong point. God, help me to agree in the LORD with those who are doing Your work.
The church enters into partnership with evangelists by giving and receiving (verse 15).
Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven,
and he who testifies for me is on high.
The only one who can testify (positively) on my behalf is Christ. He is the only one whose righteousness can cover me.
Hell (and the wrath of God) is not something to take lightly.