Philippians 3:17-4:1 Walking And Standing Firm In The Hope.
Paul wanted the brethren to not only heed his teaching but to do so in such a way that they followed his example as a pattern on how they should live or walk (v. 17 Cf. I Cor. 4:16). We should only imitate those who imitate Christ (I Cor. 11:1). Then we will be authentic. Paul challenged his young protégé Titus, to set in his life a pattern of good works (2:7-8). As in Paul’s day so in ours, their are many who do not walk the talk. This discrepancy between claiming Christ but not living for Him, makes them enemies of the cross (vv. 18-19 Cf. Rom. 8:5; II Cor. 11:15; I Tim. 6:5). We live like those who are ambassadors with passports from another country, with a hope that those who think that this life is all there is do not know (Cf. Eph. 2:19). However, Paul’s hope is not escape from this world but rather the remaking of it. On a personal level his desire was indeed to go and be with Christ, but the eschatological hope was to have Christ return to this earth and for His people to have new resurrected bodies like His (vv. 20-21 Cf. Acts 1:11; I Cor. 15:43-53; I Jn. 3:2). This is where Paul wanted then to stand (4:1 Cf. 1:27).