Passage: Philippians 3:4–3:11

4 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, ya persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law,3 blameless. 7 But whatever gain I had, bI counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having fa righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

To have favor with God, we need a righteousness not our own

In short, working backwards, If you want to be right with God, forget about trying it your way. There’s only one acceptable way to have favor with God. Disregard your own efforts and methods. They are fruitless and harmful. “Am I good enough?” No! But Jesus was! Trust in the perfect life of God incarnate. God as man. He has done what you can not. You simply need to trust Him. Trust in His life and death and resurrection. Trust that He is reigning now from on high and is bringing people to himself. Imperfect people like you and me. Trust in His word. Trust Him to hear you and change you. He’s promised that He will give you new desires and affections.

“It sounded too good to be true. But grace always does. We come to God by grace or we don’t come at all. We come be receiving a gift, not by doing a deed. We don’t create worship; we respond to what we’ve received in Jesus Christ — eternal life. And that gift continues to be the basis upon which we come to worship God.” Kauflin, 39.

“Same Things” church
Paul is preaching the gospel to a group of people who have embraced the gospel! That should tell us something. The major themes of Philippians are joy and unity in the local church.


Philippians 3:4–3:11 "Pointless Pedigrees"

by Joel Carlson | Philippians


Joel Carlson

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