and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:9-11
In this verse, the Church at Philippi are being told by Paul about knowing Christ. Paul writes that he wishes he would truly understand what it means to put aside his own righteousness and to understand fully the doctrine that all he is good and holy in God's eyes because God has given believers Christ's righteousness. The Christian at Philippi is seeing Paul's heart for all believers. Indeed, he is seeing God's heart for all believers. God desires that those who trust in God, trust in Christ and not their own righteousness, that Christians truly know Christ and all the power that came to the church and is living within the believer because of the resurrection. Because Christ died, the believer has also died to his own righteousness, to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and to the law of sin and death. The old man has died and the Christian is now a new man because Christ rose, those who believe in him, who believe that all humanity was in Him when he died, are now part of the Second Adam, a new humanity, a new creature upon whom sin has no power.
The new Christian must understand how dead they are to matters in this world, and must allow the life of Christ to live in them.
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.… Ephesians 3:17-19
The riches of grace can only be understand when the believer understands Christ's love and understands Christ in us, and how deeply and powerfully and wonderfully the Christian is full of Christ.
The Christian is in ways not fully understood now seated with Christ in heavenly places.
and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;… Ephesians 2:6-8
The riches of God's grace is something the Christian should seek to understand. The Christian should pray more and more to understand the riches of redemption, the riches of God's grace.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace Ephesians 1:7
Quite simply, Christians are called to understand the love of the Giver instead of merely receiving answered prayers of gifts. To be miraculously healed of one illness through answered prayer, to receive financial blessings in a hit or miss manner, to be divinely protected in one moment and not another, to receive guidance on and off and only occasionally is not God's will for His people. He desires that all His people truly understand His power, glory, and love working within them. He desires that Christians understand the power and strength and humility and love of the kingdom of God working within them and to always live in the light of that spiritual truth.