Paul want people to understand that how they value things and their beliefs drive their behavior. We always do what we want to at any given point of time. The "World" offers satisfaction that is temporary, but Christ offers satisfaction that is forever. Unfortunately many times we get so caught up in the details of day to day living that w just don't prioritize Christ or see knowing Christ as the greatest profit of our lives. We've got deadlines and commitments, problems, and priorities, distractions and obstacles.

In looking at how you can follow Paul's exhortation to gain Christ as your highest profit Paul exhorts you to fervently hate fleshly profit (vv. 7-9). This will help you become more God dependent. Secondly Paul exhorts you to fervently love Gospel Godliness (vv. 9-12). Gospel godliness involves more than forgiveness of sin, but also our growth and progress toward Christ-likeness and glorification. This entales the increase of the Spirit-backed Word of God as it makes it way in the world. Finally, Paul encourages you to fervently train yourself in Godly Hope. since we are seized by Christ, we train you must train yourself toward perfection even though you will not possess it completely this side of heaven. You must for get the past - whether good or bad - and press on and fact the present with the Gospel hope.

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