Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord…
Paul had previously sheltered himself in fleshly confidence.
I. THE REFUGE.
1. There are many refuges of lies.
(1) The refuge of wilful ignorance. "We are no scholars" is often only an excuse for negligence and indifference. Do they wish to know better? if not the excuse will not screen the sinner in the day of God's visitation.
(2) The refuge of carnal ease. Many live as though there were only the body to care for, and cry, "Peace, when there is no peace." Remember the rich fool!
(3) Worldly pleasure. This is the refuge of many of our youth particularly. But unblessed of God it is delusive and borders close on misery.
(4) Self-righteousness, a house built on sand as Paul found it.
(5) A hasty inconsiderate profession of religion from whatever motive.
2. Opposed to all this is Christ.
(1) In His person.
(2) In His love.
(3) In His offices and work.
II. THE BELIEVER'S SAFETY in it against —
1. The world.
2. The flesh.
3. The devil.Conclusion:
1. Abide in your refuge.
2. Welcome others to it.
(W. Mudge, B. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
WEB: Yes most certainly, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ