MY DETERMINED PURPOSE
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [*which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] That if possible I may attain to the [*spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].
Phil.3:10,11 Amplified Bible
What an incredible passage of scripture, Paul is talking about a very unusual purpose to the ears of modern man. His purpose was not influence, finances, numerical growth, or “breakthrough”, but his unusual purpose, his determined purpose, was the pursuit of God. How strange is that. Jonathan Edwards spoke often of this heavenly pursuit. Listen to his timeless words on this verse.
“From hence it may be surely inferred, wherein spiritual understanding consists. For if there be in the saints a kind of perception, which is in its nature perfectly diverse from all that natural men can have, it must consist in their having a certain kind of ideas, or sensations of mind, which are simply diverse from all that can be in the minds of natural men. And that is the same thing as to say, that it consists in the sensations of a new spiritual sense, which the souls of natural men have not; as is evident by what has been repeatedly observed. But I have already shown what that new spiritual sense is, which the saints have given them in regeneration, and what is the object of it. I have shown that the immediate object of it is the supreme beauty and excellency of the nature of divine things, as they are in themselves. And this is agreeable to the Scripture: the apostle very plainly teaches, that the great thing discovered by spiritual light, and understood by spiritual knowledge, is the glory of divine things.”
Did you hear that, the thing discovered by spiritual light or revelation is “the glory of divine things”. That is the difference in these two very different kind of lives, it is a different kind of pursuit. As the revelation of Christ deepens in our lives, we become caught up in this heavenly pursuit, and like Paul, Christ Himself becomes our determined purpose in life.